Determine latest API version for a resource provider

Azure Resource Manager templates are great to deploy one or more resources to a resource group.

A mandatory part of an ARM template is the resources section which defines the resource types that are deployed or updated. Here is an example:

"type": "Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts",
"name": "[variables('storageAccountName')]",
"apiVersion": "2016-01-01",
"location": "[parameters('location')]",
"sku": {
	"name": "Standard_LRS"
"kind": "Storage",
"properties": {}

The name of a resource type has the following format: {resource-provider}/{resource-type}. In this example Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts. The apiVersion specifies the version of the API that is used to deploy / manage the resource.

A resource provider offers a set of operations to deploy and manage resources using a REST API. If a resource provider adds new features, it releases a new version of the API. Therefore, if you have to utilize new features you may have to use the latest API Version. To determine the latest version of a resource type you can use the following Get-AzureRmResourceProviderLatestApiVersion cmdlet:

function Get-AzureRmResourceProviderLatestApiVersion
        [Parameter(ParameterSetName = 'Full', Mandatory = $true, Position = 0)]

        [Parameter(ParameterSetName = 'ProviderAndType', Mandatory = $true, Position = 0)]

        [Parameter(ParameterSetName = 'ProviderAndType', Mandatory = $true, Position = 1)]


    # retrieving the resource providers is time consuming therefore we store
    # them in a script variable to accelerate subsequent requests.
    if (-not $script:resourceProvider)
        $script:resourceProvider = Get-AzureRmResourceProvider   

    if ($PSCmdlet.ParameterSetName -eq 'Full')
        $ResourceProvider = ($Type -replace "\/.*")
        $ResourceType = ($Type -replace ".*?\/(.+)", '$1')
    $provider = $script:resourceProvider | 
        Where-Object {
        $_.ProviderNamespace -eq $ResourceProvider -and 
        $_.ResourceTypes.ResourceTypeName -eq $ResourceType

    if ($IncludePreview)
        $provider.ResourceTypes.ApiVersions | Where-Object {
            $_ -notmatch '-preview'
        } | Select-Object -First 1

You can now determine the latest API Version using either the full type:

Get-AzureRmResourceProviderLatestApiVersion -Type Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts

Or by passing the Resource Provider and Resource Type:

Get-AzureRmResourceProviderLatestApiVersion -ResourceProvider Microsoft.Storage -ResourceType storageAccounts

Finally, to include preview versions you can append the -IncludePreview switch:

Get-AzureRmResourceProviderLatestApiVersion -Type Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts -IncludePreview

You can download the script from my GitHub repository.

Additional information: Resource providers and types