Install Bicep tools

Let's make sure your environment is set up for working with Bicep files. To author and deploy Bicep files, we recommend any of the following options:

Tasks Options Bicep CLI installation
Author VS Code and Bicep extension automatic
Visual Studio and Bicep extension automatic
Deploy Azure CLI automatic
Azure PowerShell manual
VS Code and Bicep extension automatic
Air-gapped cloud download

VS Code and Bicep extension

To create Bicep files, you need a good Bicep editor. We recommend:

  • Visual Studio Code - If you don't already have Visual Studio Code, install it.

  • Bicep extension for Visual Studio Code. Visual Studio Code with the Bicep extension provides language support and resource autocompletion. The extension helps you create and validate Bicep files.

    To install the extension, search for bicep in the Extensions tab or in the Visual Studio marketplace.

    Select Install.

    Install Bicep extension

To verify you've installed the extension, open any file with the .bicep file extension. You should see the language mode in the lower right corner change to Bicep.

Bicep language mode

If you get an error during installation, see Troubleshoot Bicep installation.

You can deploy your Bicep files directly from the VS Code editor. For more information, see Deploy Bicep files from Visual Studio Code.

Visual Studio and Bicep extension

To author Bicep file from Visual Studio, you need:

  • Visual Studio - If you don't already have Visual Studio, install it.
  • Bicep extension for Visual Studio. Visual Studio with the Bicep extension provides language support and resource autocompletion. The extension helps you create and validate Bicep files. Install the extension from Visual Studio Marketplace.

To walk through a tutorial, see Quickstart: Create Bicep files with Visual Studio.

Azure CLI

When you use Azure CLI with Bicep, you have everything you need to deploy and decompile Bicep files. Azure CLI automatically installs the Bicep CLI when a command is executed that needs it.

You must have Azure CLI version 2.20.0 or later installed. To install or update Azure CLI, see:

To verify your current version, run:

az --version

To validate your Bicep CLI installation, use:

az bicep version

To upgrade to the latest version, use:

az bicep upgrade

For more commands, see Bicep CLI.

Important

Azure CLI installs a self-contained instance of the Bicep CLI. This instance doesn't conflict with any versions you may have manually installed. Azure CLI doesn't add Bicep CLI to your PATH.

You're done with setting up your Bicep environment. The rest of this article describes installation steps that you don't need when using Azure CLI.

Azure PowerShell

You must have Azure PowerShell version 5.6.0 or later installed. To update or install, see Install Azure PowerShell.

Azure PowerShell doesn't automatically install the Bicep CLI. Instead, you must manually install the Bicep CLI.

Important

The self-contained instance of the Bicep CLI installed by Azure CLI isn't available to PowerShell commands. Azure PowerShell deployments fail if you haven't manually installed the Bicep CLI.

When you manually install the Bicep CLI, run the Bicep commands with the bicep syntax, instead of the az bicep syntax for Azure CLI.

To check your Bicep CLI version, run:

bicep --version

Install manually

The following methods install the Bicep CLI and add it to your PATH. You must manually install for any use other than Azure CLI.

When installing manually, select a location that is different than the one managed by Azure CLI. All of the following examples use a location named bicep or .bicep. This location won't conflict with the location managed by Azure CLI, which uses .azure.

Linux

# Fetch the latest Bicep CLI binary
curl -Lo bicep https://github.com/Azure/bicep/releases/latest/download/bicep-linux-x64
# Mark it as executable
chmod +x ./bicep
# Add bicep to your PATH (requires admin)
sudo mv ./bicep /usr/local/bin/bicep
# Verify you can now access the 'bicep' command
bicep --help
# Done!

Note

For lightweight Linux distributions like Alpine, use bicep-linux-musl-x64 instead of bicep-linux-x64 in the preceding script.

macOS

Via homebrew

# Add the tap for bicep
brew tap azure/bicep

# Install the tool
brew install bicep

Via BASH

# Fetch the latest Bicep CLI binary
curl -Lo bicep https://github.com/Azure/bicep/releases/latest/download/bicep-osx-x64
# Mark it as executable
chmod +x ./bicep
# Add Gatekeeper exception (requires admin)
sudo spctl --add ./bicep
# Add bicep to your PATH (requires admin)
sudo mv ./bicep /usr/local/bin/bicep
# Verify you can now access the 'bicep' command
bicep --help
# Done!

Windows

Windows Installer

Download and run the latest Windows installer. The installer doesn't require administrative privileges. After the installation, Bicep CLI is added to your user PATH. Close and reopen any open command shell windows for the PATH change to take effect.

Chocolatey

choco install bicep

Winget

winget install -e --id Microsoft.Bicep

Manual with PowerShell

# Create the install folder
$installPath = "$env:USERPROFILE\.bicep"
$installDir = New-Item -ItemType Directory -Path $installPath -Force
$installDir.Attributes += 'Hidden'
# Fetch the latest Bicep CLI binary
(New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadFile("https://github.com/Azure/bicep/releases/latest/download/bicep-win-x64.exe", "$installPath\bicep.exe")
# Add bicep to your PATH
$currentPath = (Get-Item -path "HKCU:\Environment" ).GetValue('Path', '', 'DoNotExpandEnvironmentNames')
if (-not $currentPath.Contains("%USERPROFILE%\.bicep")) { setx PATH ($currentPath + ";%USERPROFILE%\.bicep") }
if (-not $env:path.Contains($installPath)) { $env:path += ";$installPath" }
# Verify you can now access the 'bicep' command.
bicep --help
# Done!

Install on air-gapped cloud

The bicep install and bicep upgrade commands don't work in an air-gapped environment. To install Bicep CLI in an air-gapped environment, you need to download the Bicep CLI executable manually and save it to .azure/bin. This location is where the instance managed by Azure CLI is installed.

  • Linux

    1. Download bicep-linux-x64 from the Bicep release page in a non-air-gapped environment.
    2. Copy the executable to the $HOME/.azure/bin directory on an air-gapped machine. Rename file to bicep.
  • macOS

    1. Download bicep-osx-x64 from the Bicep release page in a non-air-gapped environment.
    2. Copy the executable to the $HOME/.azure/bin directory on an air-gapped machine. Rename file to bicep.
  • Windows

    1. Download bicep-win-x64.exe from the Bicep release page in a non-air-gapped environment.
    2. Copy the executable to the %UserProfile%/.azure/bin directory on an air-gapped machine. Rename file to bicep.exe.

Install the nightly builds

If you'd like to try the latest pre-release bits of Bicep before they're released, see Install nightly builds.

Warning

These pre-release builds are much more likely to have known or unknown bugs.

Next steps

For more information about using Visual Studio Code and the Bicep extension, see Quickstart: Create Bicep files with Visual Studio Code.

If you have problems with your Bicep installation, see Troubleshoot Bicep installation.

To deploy Bicep files from an Azure Pipeline, see Integrate Bicep with Azure Pipelines. To deploy Bicep files through GitHub Actions, see Deploy Bicep files by using GitHub Actions.