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azure_resource_groups Resource

Use the azure_resource_groups InSpec audit resource to test the properties and configuration of multiple Azure resource groups.

Azure REST API Version, Endpoint, and HTTP Client Parameters

This resource interacts with API versions supported by the resource provider. The api_version can be defined as a resource parameter. If not provided, this resource uses the latest version. For more information, refer to the azure_generic_resource document.

Unless defined, this resource uses the azure_cloud global endpoint and default values for the HTTP client. For more information, refer to the resource pack README.


This resource is available in the Chef InSpec Azure resource pack.

For information on configuring your Azure environment for Chef InSpec and creating an InSpec profile that uses the InSpec Azure resource pack, see the Chef InSpec documentation for the Azure cloud platform.


An azure_resource_groups resource block returns all resource groups within a subscription.

describe azure_resource_groups do
  it { should exist }


This resource does not require any parameters.


A list of the unique resource group IDs.

Field: id

A list of names of all the resource groups.

Field: name

A list of tag:value pairs defined on the resource groups.

Field: tags

A list of locations of all the resource groups.

Field: location


For information on using filter criteria on plural resources, see the documentation on FilterTable


Check if a specific resource group is present

describe azure_resource_groups do
  its('names')  { should include 'my-resource-group' }

Filters the results to include only those resource groups that have the specified name

describe azure_resource_groups.where{ name.include?('my-resource-group') } do
  it { should exist }

Filters the results to include only the resource groups that have specified tag

describe azure_resource_groups.where{ tags.has_key?('owner') && tags['owner'] == "InSpec" } do
  it { should exist }
  its('count') { should be 15 }


For a full list of available matchers, see our Universal Matchers page.

This resource has the following special matchers.


The control passes if the filter returns at least one result. Use should_not if you expect zero matches.

describe azure_resource_groups do
  it { should exist }

Azure Permissions

Your Service Principal must be set up with at least a contributor role on the subscription you wish to test.

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