Create an Azure Function using Visual Studio

There are at least three ways to create an Azure Function:

1. Use the Azure web interface (in Portal).  This is a great way to create a simple Function app as it does not require an IDE.  But this approach has limitations:

  • There is no source control integration
  • You cannot debug
  • It is more difficult to add dependancies to external libraries

2.  Visual Studio Code OR 3. Visual Studio

Both Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio have the following benefits:

  • Source control integration via Git, TFS, etc.
  • Debugging
  • Easy integration with external libraries via Node Package Manager, Nuget, etc.
  • A rich development environment



This post shows how to create an Azure Function using Visual Studio.
First, select “Cloud”, then select Azure Function.

Next, give your app a name.

Next, select the event that will cause the Function to execute. For this example, we are using the HttpTrigger event. You could also cause this to execute on a timer, or when something arrives on a queue, etc.

The following video will show the structure of the code that is auto-generated by Visual Studio and how to run/debug the solution.

That’s it. You are now ready to begin developing an Azure Function.

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