Install Azure Functions Core Tools on Windows

30 minutes
  • 4 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this hands-on lab, we install Azure Functions Core Tools on a Windows VM. After that, we will be able to develop and run Azure Functions.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Log In to the Azure Portal

Log in to the Azure Portal using the username and password supplied by the lab.

  1. Open a browser.
  2. Navigate to the provided Azure Portal URL.
  3. Use the supplied username and password to authenticate.
Remote into the Windows VM

Starting in the Azure dashboard, perform the following tasks:

  1. Open the navigation menu in the upper-left of the Portal.
  2. Click on All resources.

Wait for the list of all the resources to appear.

In the list, click on the lab-VM resource.

Wait for the VM overview page to open. On that page, make note of the public IP address.

Using a remote desktop client, connect to the IP address of the VM. Log in using the credentials provided on the lab page.

Accept the certificate if asked to do so.

Wait patiently for the desktop to load and stabilize, and click ‘No’ for network sharing. Close the server manager if it opens.

Install Azure Functions Core Tools
@"%SystemRoot%System32WindowsPowerShellv1.0powershell.exe" -NoProfile -InputFormat None -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = 3072; iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(''))" && SET "PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%chocolateybin"

Test that the install worked with the following command:


Install the .NET Core SDK version 2.1 using the following command:

choco install dotnetcore-sdk --version=2.1.502 -y

Check that .NET Core SDK is installed properly by opening a new command prompt and running the following command:

dotnet --version

Now install NodeJS using choco:

choco install nodejs-lts -y --force

Open a new administrative command prompt and install Azure Functions Core Tools using the following command:

npm i -g azure-functions-core-tools@3 --unsafe-perm true
Test That the Azure Function Core Tools Are Properly Installed

Open a new command prompt and execute the following command:


If successful the prompt will display a bunch of output and the Azure Functions lightning bolt.

Additional Resources

As a developer in your organization, you need to prep a Windows Server VM to become a development system for Azure Functions. You are provided with an Azure Windows VM and need to prep the system for development.

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