Finding VM IP Address in a Windows Azure startup task

09 September 2012

In a Windows Azure startup task, there are a few options for finding a server’s IP address.

One way is to add an environment variable via the csdef as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<ServiceDefinition name="AzureIPAddressExample" xmlns="">
  <WorkerRole name="IPAddressExample" vmsize="Small">
        <Variable name="ADDRESS">
          <RoleInstanceValue xpath="/RoleEnvironment/CurrentInstance/Endpoints/Endpoint[@name='HttpIn']/@address" />
      <InputEndpoint name="HttpIn" protocol="tcp" port="8080" />

Then in a startup task you can access the variable like a normal enviroment variable in a powershell or batch script:

echo IP Address %ADDRESS%

That works great on any type of Azure role but requires a change to the csdef. If you know you only need to get the IP for a web role, you can grab the IP from the IIS bindings with powershell.


$bindingText = & $appcmd list sites /text:bindings /name:"$=*YourSiteName"

$bindingText -match "\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}"

$ipAddress = $matches[0]

How this works is by grabbing the bindings for your site from IIS via the appcmd exe. Next feed the bindings string into a regex and extract the IP Address.

Both options work, but my preference is to use the second when I’m in a web role because it doesn’t require any changes to the .csdef.