Thunder Client is a new REST client VS Code extension. It’s like Postman, but integrated into VS Code. I’d consider it an early preview and far from the feature richness and maturity of Postman, but cool nonetheless.
Here’s how to use it to call the Azure REST APIs.
You can install it here: Thunder Client Install
Or search for it from the VS Code extensions pane:
We’re going to use OAuth 2.0 to call the Azure REST APIs and we’ll use a Service Principal to do so.
- Install the Azure CLI
- Open a terminal and run this command to create a Service Principal.
az login az ad sp create-for-rbac --role Contributor
You’ll need the outputted info in a sec, so save it.
- Click on the Thunder Client VS Code icon, select Env, and then select New Environment
- Name it “Azure”
- Add the following values:
tenantId: Set to
tenantId outputted from above command.
clientId: Set to
appId outputted from above command.
clientSecret: Set to
password outputted from above command.
subscriptionId: Set to your current
subscriptionId, you can get with
az account show
- Click Save
- In Thunder Client, click the New Request button
- Set Url to
- Under Auth -> OAuth 2.0, set:
Grant Type: Client Credentials
- Click the “Generate Token” button
- Click the “Send” button
- View the results in the Response pane:
To save the the request to a collection, click on “Activity”, then the “…”, then “Save to Collection”.
Give the collection a name, like “Azure REST”.
Then click on “Collections” to see your collections.
This was a quick post to get you setup with Azure REST APIs in VS Code with Thunder Client. You can explore all of the other Azure REST APIs here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/azure/