Simple Azure - Python Library for Windows Azure

Simple Azure is a Python library for Microsoft Azure Services including Virtual Machine (VM) to provision resources in a simple way. Infrastructure provisioning is supported now with the new Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Templates, therefore you can describe and share your application with infrastructure in a JSON format template to reproduce same environments. Launching classic virtual machines is supported using the Azure Service Management (ASM) API which is now called classic or legacy mode.

Simple Azure includes 407 community templates [1] from Azure QuickStart Templates to deploy software and infrastructure ranging from a simple linux VM deployment (i.e. 101-vm-simple-linux) to Azure Container Service cluster with a DC/OS orchestrator (i.e. 101-acs-dcos). You can import, export, search, modify, review and deploy these templates using Simple Azure and get information about deployed services in resource groups. Initial scripts or automation tools can be triggered after a completion of deployements therefore your software stacks and applications are installed and configured to run your jobs or start your services.

A classic virtual machine service is supported with the azure-sdk-for-python legacy package to create a single virtual machine (VM) and multiple VMs.

Simple Azure is currently in a development stage therefore new features will be added from time to time and issues and bugs might be easily found while you use the tool. Check out the latest version from the github repository. Documentation is also actively updated.

[1]as of 10/13/2016 from

Deploying a Template in Simple Azure ARM Mode

Starting a single Linux VM with SSH key from Azure QuickStart Template is:

>>> from simpleazure import SimpleAzure
>>> saz = SimpleAzure()

# aqst is for Azure QuickStart Templates
>>> vm_sshkey_template = saz.aqst.get_template('101-vm-sshkey')

# arm is for Azure Resource Manager
>>> saz.arm.set_template(vm_sshkey_template)
>>> saz.arm.set_parameter("sshKeyData", "ssh-rsa AAAB... hrlee@quickstart")
>>> saz.arm.deploy()

Starting a sample VM from a custom template URL is:

>>> url = ""
>>> saz.arm.deploy(template = url, param = { "sshKeyData": "ssh-rsa AAAB3Nza...", 'dnsLabelPrefix':"simpleazure", 'vmName':'simpleazure-first-vm'}) })


For more about using ARM? check out Quick Setup for Azure Resource Manager Mode


For more about deploying a custom Template? check out Deploying Azure Virtual Machine in Simple Azure ARM Mode


For more about deploying Azure QuickStart Templates? check out Deploying Azure QuickStart Templates

Docker Image

Simple Azure is available in a Docker image to run.

  • With IPython Notebook:
docker run -d -p 8888:8888 lee212/simpleazure_with_ipython

Open a browser with the port number 8888.

  • Simple Azure only:
docker run -i -t lee212/simpleazure



git clone
cd simpleazure
pip install -r requirements.txt
python install

from Pypi:

pip install simpleazure

Deploying Azure Virtual Machines (classic mode)

Three lines are required to deploy Window Azure Virtual Machine in Simple Azure.

from simpleazure.simpleazure import SimpleAzure as saz

azure = saz()


Simple Azure was started in 2013 but wasn’t consistently updated which means that some dated features may not work as expected. Relax, I am trying to get Simple Azure back on track after these abandoned moments, so please report any issues that you may encounter. I will try to fix or sort it out as quickly as possible I can.

Not supported features:

  • Python 3 is NOT supported

Obsolete features (might be revived later):

  • virtual cluster
  • IPython cluster with the plugin
  • Access to the open VM image repository (VM Depot)

If you are looking for a classic mode launching a virtual machine, you can get started with Quickstart and then learn more through Tutorial that shows how to deploy and utilize Azure Virtual Machines with Simple Azure. Installation and Configuration helps you get Simple Azure installed on your machine and Command describes how to use Simple Azure on the python shell. You can find resources here.