Bicep: A Muscle or Part of Azure?

Bicep, Azure, Azure Bicep

When you hear the word “bicep,” your mind probably conjures up images of a strong, well-defined muscle. However, in the world of Azure, “bicep” takes on a whole new meaning. Bicep is actually a domain-specific language (DSL) that is used for deploying Azure resources. If you’re unfamiliar with Bicep, don’t worry – we’re here to explain what it is and why it’s an essential tool for Azure deployments.

This is a new series of articles about ‘BiCep’ technology by Microsoft – it is a game changer for resource management in the cloud – well worth investigating if you are a cloud builder!

What is Bicep?

Bicep is a DSL that simplifies the authoring and management of ARM templates. ARM templates are JSON files that describe the resources you want to deploy in Azure, such as virtual machines, storage accounts, and databases. While ARM templates are powerful, they can be verbose and complex to write and maintain, especially for large deployments.

Bicep aims to address these challenges by providing a more concise and readable way to define Azure resources. It uses a syntax that is similar to other programming languages, making it easier for developers and infrastructure engineers to understand and work with.

Benefits of Bicep

Bicep provides several benefits:

  • Support for all resource types and API versions: With Bicep, you can leverage the latest Azure services immediately, as it offers comprehensive support for all resource types and API versions.
  • First-class authoring experience: Bicep enhances your authoring process with type-safety, intellisense, and syntax validation, ensuring error-free deployments and improving productivity.
  • Consistent results: By deploying your infrastructure repeatedly with Bicep throughout the development lifecycle, you can have confidence in consistent and predictable results.


  • Efficient orchestration and modularity: Bicep handles the ordering of operations, simplifying the orchestration of resources. It also supports modularity through the use of modules, enabling code reuse and maintainability.
  • Integration with Azure services: Bicep seamlessly integrates with various Azure services, enabling you to leverage additional features like preview changes and eliminating the need for state management.
  • Open source and free: Bicep is an open-source project that is completely free to use, making it accessible to everyone.

Getting Started with Bicep

To begin your Bicep journey, you’ll first need to install the some bits that are available in the Bicep GitHub repository.
It has pretty good instructions to get started.

Creating Bicep Files

Once you have the tools installed, it’s time to create some Bicep files. You can choose to use either the Bicep Extension for VS Code or the Bicep extension for Visual Studio, depending on your preference. These extensions provide an enhanced authoring experience with features like type-safety and intellisense, allowing you to write Bicep code effectively.

Learning Resources

To get started with Bicep, complete the quickstart and learn modules for an in-depth understanding. You can easily convert existing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates to Bicep using provided tools, simplifying migration while leveraging Bicep’s benefits.

For a deeper dive, use the Bicep Playground for interactive coding and refer to the resource reference for syntax and usage guidance. Keep in mind that Bicep is designed for Azure resource declaration, not general application development.

More about Bicep

For a deeper dive, check out the following links:


  • Bicep GitHub Repo: Access examples and documentation to understand and utilize Bicep effectively. The repo serves as a comprehensive guide to its syntax, capabilities, and best practices.
  • Bicep Documentation: Offers detailed guidance on Bicep’s features, covering advanced concepts, usage patterns, and integration with other Azure services. It’s a valuable reference for enhancing your Bicep skills.
  • Bicep Community: Join this community to connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and learn from others using Bicep. Gain insights and tips from experienced practitioners.


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