Upload files to a web app using FTP

This sample script creates a web app in App Service with its related resources, and then deploys a file to it using FTPS (via System.Net.FtpWebRequest).

If needed, install the Azure PowerShell using the instruction found in the Azure PowerShell guide, and then run Connect-AzAccount -Environment AzureChinaCloud to create a connection with Azure.

Sample script


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$filePath="<Replace with full file path>"
$location="China North"

# Create a resource group.
New-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Location $location

# Create an App Service plan in `Free` tier.
New-AzAppServicePlan -Name $webappname -Location $location `
-ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup -Tier Free

# Create a web app.
New-AzWebApp -Name $webappname -Location $location -AppServicePlan $webappname `
-ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup

# Get publishing profile for the web app
$xml = [xml](Get-AzWebAppPublishingProfile -Name $webappname `
-ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup `
-OutputFile null)

# Extract connection information from publishing profile
$username = $xml.SelectNodes("//publishProfile[@publishMethod=`"FTP`"]/@userName").value
$password = $xml.SelectNodes("//publishProfile[@publishMethod=`"FTP`"]/@userPWD").value
$url = $xml.SelectNodes("//publishProfile[@publishMethod=`"FTP`"]/@publishUrl").value

# Upload file 
$file = Get-Item -Path $filePath
$uri = New-Object System.Uri("$url/$($file.Name)")

$request = [System.Net.FtpWebRequest]([System.net.WebRequest]::Create($uri))
$request.Method = [System.Net.WebRequestMethods+Ftp]::UploadFile
$request.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($username,$password)

# Enable SSL for FTPS. Should be $false if FTP.
$request.EnableSsl = $true;

# Write the file to the request object.
$fileBytes = [System.IO.File]::ReadAllBytes($filePath)
$request.ContentLength = $fileBytes.Length;
$requestStream = $request.GetRequestStream()

try {
    $requestStream.Write($fileBytes, 0, $fileBytes.Length)
finally {

Write-Host "Uploading to $($uri.AbsoluteUri)"

try {
    $response = [System.Net.FtpWebResponse]($request.GetResponse())
    Write-Host "Status: $($response.StatusDescription)"
finally {
    if ($null -ne $response) {

Clean up deployment

After the script sample has been run, the following command can be used to remove the resource group, web app, and all related resources.

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Force

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
New-AzResourceGroup Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
New-AzAppServicePlan Creates an App Service plan.
New-AzWebApp Creates a web app.
Get-AzWebAppPublishingProfile Get a web app's publishing profile.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure PowerShell module, see Azure PowerShell documentation.

Additional Azure PowerShell samples for Azure App Service Web Apps can be found in the Azure PowerShell samples.