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In this article, I will take you through the steps to create your first Azure Function in Azure Portal. If you are looking for a feature where you don't want to create any Infrastructure or Virtual machine to run your code and only need to use resources that actually required to run your code then you are looking for none other than Azure Function Service. It is an on-demand cloud service which allows you to focus more on code rather than Infrastructure required to run that code.
This gives an edge as compared to other Cloud or On-premise services which requires you to build the Infrastructure first before you can even think of writing and running a code. Functions provides serverless compute for Azure. You can use Functions to build web APIs, respond to database changes, process IoT streams, manage message queues, and more. More on Azure docs.
How to Create Your First Azure Function in Azure Portal
Step 1: Prerequisites
a) You should have a valid Azure Account.
b) In case you want to use any existing Resource Group, then you should already have the access of that Resource Group.
c) You should have access to create Resources from Azure Portal.
Step 2: Login to Azure Portal
You need to first go to URL https://portal.azure.com and login to Azure Portal using your valid user account and password.
Step 3: Open Function App
You need to go to Azure Home Page and Click on Function App under Portal Menu as you can see below.
Step 4: Create Your First Azure Function
It will then take you to the below Function App page where you need to Click on Create.
Here in the Basics section you need to first provide subscription and Resource Group details. I am selecting
Free Trial subscription and
TestResourceGroup as my Resource Group to manage this resource.
If you go further down then you will see Instance Details to fill. You need to provide some unique function app name here. I will be using
testfunctionapp301 so the complete name becomes
testfunctionapp301.azurewebsites.net. Then I will publish this as
Code rather than
Docker Containers so I will select
Code. My runtime stack will be
.NET and I am using version
3.1. Then last is the region to select. I will be selecting
East US Region as you can see below. Then Click on
Next: Hosting >
In the hosting section, you can choose either
Linux depending on your requirements. I will be using
Windows Operating System. Then Click on
Next: Monitoring >
Monitoring a resource is very important to track the performance of that specific resource. Azure provides an
Application Performance Management(APM) service called
Application Insights to automatically monitor your application. You just need to enable it from here by selecting
Yes. So I will be choosing
SampleApplicationInsights which is created on
East US region to monitor the Azure Function App resource. You can check How to Create an Application Insights Resource to Monitor Your Application in case you want to know how I created
SampleApplicationInsights. Then Click on
Tags are one of the most useful features Azure provides to track and consolidate the billing of multiple resources. A resource can be tagged using name/value pairs. I am tagging Function App with the project
SampleProject so the name will be
Project and value will be
SampleProject as you can see below. Then Click on
Next: Review+create >
In this section, you need to validate all the details you have given and then Click on
Create if everything looks good.
After few mins you can see below screen with successful deployment completion. You can also Click on
Go to resource and check complete details about this Resource.