How to Search IP Used by Public IP Resources in the Azure Tenant?

Recently, I've been struggling to find what Public IP resources I have in my Azure Subscription and find out where those IPs are being used and I noticed the...
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April 6, 2020

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Recently, I’ve been struggling to find what Public IP resources I have in my Azure Subscription and find out where those IPs are being used and I noticed the Azure portal search doesn’t help in locating the resource level IPs. So, I decided to create a script that can search through all the Public IP resources and find out which IP is assigned to each one of them and search the desired IP.

Let’s dive into the script and see how we can achieve it.

  1. Environment Setup
  2. Code
  3. Conclusion

Environment Setup

You can use VS-Code or PowerShell ISE, or Cloud Shell with PowerShell Module to connect to the subscription and access the resources from terminal.

For PowerShell ISE/VS Code

Download Azure PowerShell module from PS Gallery using following commands.

  Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber

If you get a scope error, use the following with “-scope” parameter.

  Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber -Scope CurrentUser


Sign in to Azure

Before running the code, Sign-In to Azure Account using the following command in either VS Code or PowerShell ISE to make sure you have proper permissions to read and query the resources.

Cloud Shell will be automatically authenticated using your Azure Login credentials.


I’ve distributed the code in functions to make it easier to recall for different scenarios. Let’s look at the following code snippet and see what it does.

Code Breakdown

The code is able to get all the resources and save them locally into a json file for multiple user and avoid repetitive queries on Azure resources.

We initialize $json object which will store all the resources to query from. $filepath specify the location of resource info exported by the script to be used as cache. $ipAddress will be used by the script to get user input with “IP” address spcified in format XX.XX.XX.XX

$context variable validates that user is logged in and able to query resources from Azure Subscription. This saves us from logging into Azure every time we run the script.

The first function performs the query on Azure resources and get all the Resources with Public IP Address. The if loop check for context and make sure user is signed in before running any query against the subscription. User will be prompted to login if $context isn’t received for any reason.

For sake of demo, we will be querying from multiple subscriptions under same tenant and other subscriptions that might be accessible from different tenant by calling Set-AzContext for each subscription, retrieve the resources and store the data in $allSub .
All the resources are stored in $pipResource which are then stored in a file for running multiple queries without pulling data from cloud every time.

Find-IPAddress is the core function which does 2 things.
It takes in an IP Address from user that we want to search for check if the cached file already exist from last time under the same folder and then pass the IP to query.
If the file doesn’t exist already, it’ll re-run the FetchResources and recreate the file with updated information about the resources and perform the query automatically with the IP entered initially.


On successfully performing the query and saving the data locally, any following query will be performed against the cached file. If you wish to update the information after you’ve deployed any resources, simple delete the “.json” file or the content within. Script will verify if the data exist or not inside the file and rerun the query based on the observations.

Here’s full script.

$filepath = ".\pipresources.json"
$json = @()
$ipAddress = @()

$context = Get-AzContext
if (!$context) {
    $context = Get-AzContext
Write-Host "Context Retrieved Successfully."
Write-Host $context.Name

function FetchResources {
    if ($context) {
        $pipResource = @()
        $allSub = Get-AzSubscription
        $allSub | foreach {
            Set-AzContext -SubscriptionId $_.Id
            $pipResource += Get-AzPublicIpAddress
        $pipResource | ConvertTo-Json | Out-File pipresources.json
        Find-IPAddress -ipAddr $ipAddress
    else {
        Write-Host "Please Login first in order to continue"

function Find-IPAddress {
    param (
    $ipAddress = $ipAddr
    if (Test-Path $filepath) {
        $json = Get-Content -Path $filepath | ConvertFrom-Json
        if ($json.Count -ge 1) {
            $query = $json | where { $_.IpAddress -like "$ipAddr" }
            Write-Host "Resource using IP" $ipAddr ":"
            $query | Format-Table Name, ResourceGroupName, IpAddress, Id
        else {
            Remove-Item -Path $filepath
    else {
#run function

You can get the script from GitHub Repo –

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