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Fetch full Azure Functions settings with Key Vault references to your local.settings.json file


How do you improve your efficiency as a programmer? Well... besides good sleep and healthy lifestyle I use scripts! Let`s just jump straight into the problem.

Typical commands to get settings from Azure Function instance

Usually when you want to test function locally, but with the same settings as used in your cloud instance, you have to invoke one the following commands:

az functionapp config appsettings list --name myFunctionAppName --resource-group myFunctionAppResourceGroupName

to print it out into the console (but it prints out the settings in a different format than used in local.settings.json file), or:

func azure functionapp fetch-app-settings myFunctionAppName; func settings decrypt

in order to fetch them into your local.settings.json file (but the file should aready be in the directory you are invoking the command in, because otherwise the command will complain about it).

Problem with that approaches

Both of them, while totally useful, need some additional, manual steps and have one main inconvenience for me:

In a project I`m working with, I have most of the common configuration stored in Azure Key Vault, so the output for my local settings doesn`t have actual values in it, but references (which apparently don`t work locally). It looks somewhat like the following (depending on the command you`ve used):

"MySetting": "@Microsoft.KeyVault(SecretUri=https://nameOfMyKeyVault.vault.azure.net:443/secrets/MySetting/versionOfTheKey)",

So if I would like to run the function locally with the same settings as in the cloud, I would have to go into Key Vault and get the settings from there one by one (which takes a fair amount of time).


I have created a script that simply gets all the settings, identifies values that are referencing to Key Vault and replaces them with actual latest value available for a particular key. The result is printed out into the console and doesn`t assume there is a local.settings.json file beforehand, so we can invoke it from anywhere.

param (
    [String]$rgName = "myFunctionAppResourceGroupName",
    [String]$fnName = "myFunctionAppName",
    [String]$kvName = "myKeyVaultName"

$azAppSettingsOutput = az functionapp config appsettings list --name $fnName --resource-group $rgName | ConvertFrom-Json
$OutputConfig = New-Object -TypeName PSObject
foreach($setting in $azAppSettingsOutput) {

    $value = $setting.value

    if ($value -match '.*/secrets/(.+)/.*') { # checks if it is a key vault reference

        $keyVaultKey = $matches[1]
        $value = (az keyvault secret show --vault-name $kvName --name $keyVaultKey | ConvertFrom-Json).value

    $OutputConfig | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name $setting.name -Value $value
$OutputConfig | ConvertTo-Json

In order to use that, simply copy the content into a file with ps1 extension (like fetchFuncSettings.ps1) and ivnoke it with correct parameters, in example:

.\fetchFuncSettings.ps1 -rgName myFunctionAppResourceGroupName -fnName myFunctionAppName -kvName myKeyVaultName

The output should look like the following:

    "MySetting":  "MyValueFromKeyVault"

After that, you can just copy the output from the console and use in your local.settings.json file accordingly.


Nowadays it may be a better idea to use Azure App Configuration service to share settings between functions, but if you are not using it yet, you may suffer from the same pain as I did.

That simple script saves me a lot of time during my daily work with Functions referencing to Key Vault. Hopefully it will help you to save some precious time as well.

Good luck 馃檪


  1. Grzegorz

    Thank you, for this script. It is really helpful 馃槈

  2. Bruno

    Very helpful! It saves me a lot of time, thanks a bunch!

  3. Miko艂aj Wo藕niak

    where should I transfer the money?

  4. Arun kumar

    Many thanks Dawid – very useful 馃檪

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