Deploy the Website

In this step, you deploy your Node.js website using VS Code and the Azure App Service extension. This tutorial uses the most basic deployment model where your app is zipped and deployed to an Azure Web App on Linux.

Deploy using Azure App Service

In the AZURE APP SERVICE explorer, click the blue up arrow icon to deploy your app to Azure.

Deploy to Web App

Tip: You can also deploy from the Command Palette (⇧⌘P (Windows, Linux Ctrl+Shift+P)) by typing 'deploy to web app' and running the Azure App Service: Deploy to Web App command.

From here follow the prompts. Choose the directory that you currently have open, myExpressApp, select your active Azure subscription, and then choose Create New Web App.

  1. Type a globally unique name for your Web App and press Enter. Valid characters for an app name are 'a-z', '0-9', and '-'.

  2. Choose Create New Resource Group, use the suggested name or type a Resource Group name, like 'myResourceGroup' and press Enter.

A Resource Group is essentially a named collection of all our application's resources in Azure. For example, a Resource Group can contain a reference to a website, a database, and an Azure Function.

  1. Choose Linux for the OS.

  2. Choose Create New App Service Plan, use the suggested name or type a plan name, like 'myPlan' and press Enter.

An App Service Plan defines the physical resources that will be used to host our website. In this walkthrough, we will use a Basic hosting plan on Linux infrastructure, which means the site will be hosted on a Linux machine alongside other websites. You can scale up and be the only site running on a machine later in the Azure Portal.

  1. Choose B1 Basic as the pricing tier.

  2. Choose a location in a region near you or near other services you may need to access.

  3. Choose your Node.js version, LTS is recommended.

The Output panel shows the Azure resources that were created in your subscription followed by the detailed output from Azure for the deployment to the Web App.

Tip: Be sure that your application is listening on the port provided by the PORT environment variable: process.env.PORT.

Deploy to App Service

Browse the website

The output window will open during deployment to indicate the status of the operation. Once completed, find the app that you just created in the AZURE APP SERVICE explorer, right-click, and choose Browse Website to open the site in your browser.


Are you seeing the error "You do not have permission to view this directory or page."? If so, the application probably failed to start correctly. Head to the next step and view the log output to find and fix the error. If you aren't able to fix it, contact us by clicking the I ran into an issue button below. We're happy to help!

Updating the website

You can deploy changes to this app by using the same process and choosing the existing app rather than creating a new one.

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