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Get started with the new Kotlin Azure Functions Archetype and IntelliJ IDEA

Get started with the new Kotlin Azure Functions Archetype and IntelliJ IDEA

Author Dave Glover, Microsoft Cloud Developer Advocate
GitHub Get started with the new Kotlin Azure Functions Archetype and IntelliJ
Platform Azure Functions
Programming Language Kotlin
Date As at June 2019

This is an end to end walkthrough for creating Kotlin Azure Functions.

Kotlin is an emerging development language rated as one of the most loved languages in the last Stack Overflow Developer Survey. It is becoming the default language for Android Development and being eyed with interested by those with investments in Java and looking for a more modern JVM language.

1. Reference Documentation

2. Set up your development environment

To develop a function with Java and IntelliJ, install the following software:

The JAVA_HOME environment variable must be set to the install location of the JDK to complete the steps in this article.

3. Create a Kotlin Azure Function Project

  1. From IntelliJ IDEA, select Create New Project.
  2. In the New Project window, select Maven from the left pane.
  3. Select the Create from archetype check box, and then select Add Archetype for the azure-functions-kotlin-archetype.
  4. In the Add Archetype window, complete the fields as follows:

    • GroupId:
    • ArtifactId: azure-functions-kotlin-archetype
    • Version: Use the latest version from the central repository

    Select OK, and then select Next.
    create new Kotlin project

  5. Enter your details for the current project, and select Next.
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    Define the GroupId and the ArtifactId for the project This information is added to the project pom.xml. The ArtifactId forms part of the Azure Function name in the pom.xml file. For more information see Creating a new Maven project

  6. Confirm the Maven Project Settings, and select Next.
    Maven summary

  7. Confirm Project Name and Location, and select Finish.
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    The project structure will be created.

Maven creates the project files in a new folder with the same name as the project ArtifactId value. The project's generated code is a simple HTTP-triggered function that echoes the body of the triggering HTTP request.

4. Enable Auto-Import

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5. Azure Configuration

By default, the pom.xml file is opened when the project is created.

You can change the following project properties in the pom.xml file

  1. Azure Function App Name
  2. Azure Function App Region

Run the following command for a complete list of regions. Choose the location by the "name" field in the returned JSON array.

az account list-locations

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6. Open the default Http Trigger

The Azure Functions Maven Archetype will create an example Http Trigger. You will find this by navigating the src project directory.

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7. Clean and Package the Project

From the Maven pop-out tab, expand Lifecycle, then run the clean followed by the package commands. This will build the Kotlin project.

8. Execute Azure Functions Run

From the Maven pop-out tab, expand Plugins, then expand azure-functions, then select azure-functions:run. This will start the Azure Functions Core Tools and bootstrap your Kotlin Azure Function.

To test the function click the http://localhost:7071/api/HttpTrigger-Kotlin link

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TIP: The function runs in the context of a local process called func on port 7071. Sometimes this process does not close properly. If this happens, then next time you run the function it will complain that port 7071 is already open. You need to close the func process manually from the task/process manager of your operating system.

9. Pass in a parameter on the Query String

In the browser add a name parameter to the query string. For example, http://localhost:7071/api/HttpTrigger-Kotlin?name=dave and you will see the webpage echos the value passed in for name.

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Alternatively, you can trigger the function from the command line using curl in a new terminal window:

curl -w '\n' -d Dave http://localhost:7071/api/HttpTrigger-Kotlin

10. Stop the function

Click the stop icon to stop the function from running.

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11. Enable Debugging

Right mouse click on the azure-functions:run Maven Archetype and select Create 'glovebox-function [...

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12. Create Run/Debug Configuration

  1. Rename the configuration to highlight that package will be run before azure-functions:run.
  2. Add -DenableDebug to the command line.

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Add package

Click OK.

Click OK

13. Enable JVM Debugger Attach

From Run menu, select Edit Configuration

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14. Add New Configuration

Click the + sign, then select Remote.

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15. Name the New Configuration

In this case, the configuration is named Attach Debugger

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Click OK

16. Set a breakpoint in the Kotlin Azure Function source

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17. Run Debugger Enabled Configuration

From the run/debug configuration selector select the Maven azure-functions:run configuration. and the click the green start icon or press Shift+F10.

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18. Attach the Debugger

From the run/debug configuration selector select the Attach Debugger configuration and click the green start debugger icon or press Shift+F9.

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19. Initiate the Http Trigger in Debug Mode

  1. Select the Run tab.

  2. Click the http://localhost:7071/api/HttpTrigger-Kotlin link to initiate the Http Trigger.

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20. Step through the Http Trigger Azure Function with the Debugger

Using the debugger controls, step through the Azure Function code.

kotlin debugging

21. Stop the Debugger and Azure Function

Click the Stop icon to detach the debugger and stop the Azure Function

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22. Adding new Azure Function Triggers


The azure-functions:add Maven archetype supports the following trigger types.

  • HTTP Trigger
  • Azure Storage Blob Trigger
  • Azure Storage Queue Trigger
  • Timer Trigger
  • Event Grid Trigger
  • Event Hub Trigger
  • Cosmos DB Trigger
  • Service Bus Queue Trigger
  • Service Bus Topic Trigger

From the Maven pop-out, under Plugins, select azure-functions:add

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23. Deploying Kotlin Azure Functions to Azure


To deploy the staging directory to target Azure Functions. If target Azure Functions does not exist already, it will be created.

Azure functions deploy


You have created your first Kotlin based Azure Function



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