getting activity logs from azure

I was tasked with looking into how to connect to the Azure API using python. Below are some of my setup notes for getting this working.

First install the az client. Follow this link to get things setup on your platform:

In order to create our client you can create a json file that contains the necessary credentials. This can be consumed by the python library.

az login
az ad sp create-for-rbac --sdk-auth > mycredentials.json

If you get a Role assignment creation failed error you’ll need to ensure you have proper permissions from your Azure administrator.

Create virtualenv and install azure python libraries:

python3 -m virtualenv env
source env/bin/activate
pip install --pre azure

Putting it all together we can go from using our credentials file, getting a client object, querying and printing the results.

First create a python file using the below code:

from azure.common.client_factory import get_client_from_auth_file
from azure.monitor import MonitorClient
import datetime

# Get a client for Monitor
client = get_client_from_auth_file(MonitorClient)

# Generate query here
today =
filter = "eventTimestamp ge {}".format(today)
select = ",".join([

# Grab activity logs
activity_logs = client.activity_logs.list(

# Print the logs
for log in activity_logs:
    print(" ".join([

The function get_client_from_auth_file expects the environment variable AZURE_AUTH_LOCATION to have the path of the credentials.json file so it can create the client object.

So first set the variable:

export AZURE_AUTH_LOCATION=./mycredentials.json

Then execute the python:


Then you can see activity logs!