Deploy a Go Web Service as an Azure Web Application Using Docker

Jon Brookes - 2020-04-10 12:54

Azure Web Applications can only support a limited number of languages and whilst Go was supported for a time it is no longer so as an alternative is to serve a custom Docker image with a Go web application within it, hosted on a public registry such as Docker Hub or a private one within Azure itself. The following focuses on the use of a private registry hosted in Azure.

To follow the procedure outlined below the following prerequisites will need to be installed :

  • Docker
  • azure cli
  • Go

Pretty much all that follows is run from a bash shell under Linux, Mac or Ubuntu sub system for windows. The command ‘jq’ will be used and if it is not already installed it will also be needed :

sudo apt install jq

With the az command installed, it is also assumed that there is already an Azure account available and that this is authenticated and ready to use with

az login

The following is the server.go file

package main

import (


func handler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	query := r.URL.Query()
	name := query.Get("name")
	if name == "" {
		name = "Guest"
	log.Printf("Received request for %s\n", name)
	w.Write([]byte(fmt.Sprintf("Hello, %s\n", name)))

func main() {
	// Create Server and Route Handlers
	r := mux.NewRouter()

	r.HandleFunc("/", handler)

	srv := &http.Server{
		Handler:      r,
		Addr:         ":8080",
		ReadTimeout:  10 * time.Second,
		WriteTimeout: 10 * time.Second,

	// Configure Logging
			Filename:   LOG_FILE_LOCATION,
			MaxSize:    500, // megabytes
			MaxBackups: 3,
			MaxAge:     28,   //days
			Compress:   true, // disabled by default

	// Start Server
	go func() {
		log.Println("Starting Server")
		if err := srv.ListenAndServe(); err != nil {

	// Graceful Shutdown

func waitForShutdown(srv *http.Server) {
	interruptChan := make(chan os.Signal, 1)
	signal.Notify(interruptChan, os.Interrupt, syscall.SIGINT, syscall.SIGTERM)

	// Block until we receive our signal.

	// Create a deadline to wait for.
	ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(context.Background(), time.Second*10)
	defer cancel()

	log.Println("Shutting down")

The following is the Dockerfile which will be used to build a new docker image based on the Go application above

FROM golang:latest as builder

# Add Maintainer Info
LABEL maintainer="Jon Brookes <>"

# Set the Current Working Directory inside the container

# Copy go mod and sum files
COPY go.mod go.sum ./

# Download all dependencies. Dependencies will be cached if the go.mod and go.sum files are not changed
RUN go mod download

# Copy the source from the current directory to the Working Directory inside the container
COPY . .

# Build the Go app
RUN CGO_ENABLED=0 GOOS=linux go build -a -installsuffix cgo -o main 
FROM alpine:latest  

RUN apk --no-cache add ca-certificates

WORKDIR /root/

# Copy the Pre-built binary file from the previous stage
COPY --from=builder /app/main .

# Expose port 8080 to the outside world

# Command to run the executable
CMD ["./main"]

Here is the directory structure for the above files:

├── Dockerfile
└── server.go

Create the above directory, cd into it, create the Dockerfile and server.go files as above and run :

cd go-docker
go mod init<your github name>/go-docker-app
go build

A docker image is then built with :

docker build -t go-web-app .

The following script creates an Azure Web Application that serves our docker image ( ensure that the word uniquename is replaced with something unique and reflective of the intended application ) :


# replace 'uniquename' with your own unique name

# define variables for repeated use in the current script
export RESOURCE_GROUP="uniquenameResourceGroup"
export AZURE_REGISTRY_NAME="uniquenameRegisry"
export DOCKER_IMAGE_NAME="uniquename-custom-docker-image"
export DOCKER_IMAGE_TAG="v1.0.0"
export APP_SERVICE_PLAN_NAME="uniquenameAppServicePlan"
export APP_NAME="uniquenameApplicaton" # this will need to be unique
export APP_PORT="8080" # this is the port number our docker image is configured to listen on

# build our docker image
docker build -t ${DOCKER_IMAGE_NAME} .

# create a resource group into which we can store resources pertinent to this activity
az group create --name ${RESOURCE_GROUP} --location "UK South"

# create a private registry in order to store our docker image
az acr create --name ${AZURE_REGISTRY_NAME} \
--resource-group ${RESOURCE_GROUP} --sku Basic \
--admin-enabled true

# in order to authenticate against our newly created registry, get user name and password for this
CREDENTIAL_JSON=$(az acr credential show --name ${AZURE_REGISTRY_NAME})
# the output of the credential show command will be in json format and we need to extract 
# - passwords .. value ( the first or second it doesn't matter which
# - username ( this will be the registry name )
# the following jq commands will do this for us
export REGISTRY_USERNAME=$(echo ${CREDENTIAL_JSON} | jq -r '.username')
export REGISTRY_PASSWORD=$(echo ${CREDENTIAL_JSON} | jq -r "[.passwords][0][0]|.value")

# now we authenticate against our newly created docker registry
docker login ${AZURE_REGISTRY_NAME} --username ${REGISTRY_USERNAME} --password ${REGISTRY_PASSWORD}

#  tag our recently created custom docker image

# push our tagged image to our private registry

# list our docker images 
az acr repository list -n ${AZURE_REGISTRY_NAME}

# create an Azure App Service Plan
az appservice plan create --name ${APP_SERVICE_PLAN_NAME} \
--resource-group ${RESOURCE_GROUP} --sku B1 --is-linux

# create the web app into which we will deploy our container
az webapp create --resource-group ${RESOURCE_GROUP} \
--plan ${APP_SERVICE_PLAN_NAME} --name ${APP_NAME} \
--deployment-container-image-name ${AZURE_REGISTRY_NAME}${DOCKER_IMAGE_NAME}:${DOCKER_IMAGE_TAG}

# give the application credentials which it will need to log in to our private registry 
az webapp config container set --name ${APP_NAME} \
--resource-group ${RESOURCE_GROUP} \
--docker-registry-server-url https://${AZURE_REGISTRY_NAME} \
--docker-registry-server-user ${REGISTRY_USERNAME} \
--docker-registry-server-password ${REGISTRY_PASSWORD}

# configure environment variables for the docker instance
az webapp config appsettings set --resource-group ${RESOURCE_GROUP} --name ${APP_NAME} --settings WEBSITES_PORT=${APP_PORT}

The application should now be available at


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