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Last updated: 13 Oct 2023

Generate Bicep Module Files

As per the module design structure (BCPFR3), every module in the AVM library requires

  • a up-to-date ReadMe markdown (readme.md) file documenting the set of deployable resource types, input and output parameters and a set of relevant template references from the official Azure Resource Reference documentation
  • an up-to-date compiled template (main.json) file

The Set-AVMModule utility aims to simplify contributing to the AVM library, as it supports

  • idempotently generating the AVM folder structure for a module (including any child resource)
  • generating the module’s ReadMe file from scratch or updating it
  • compiling/building the module template

To ease maintenance, you can run the utility with a Recurse flag from the root of your folder to update all files automatically.


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Location

You can find the script under avm/utilities/tools/Set-AVMModule.ps1

How it works

Using the provided template path, the script

  1. validates the module’s folder structure
    • To do so, it searches for any required folder path / file missing and adds them. For several files, it will also provide some default content to get you started. The sources files for this action can be found here
  2. compiles its bicep template
  3. updates the readme (recursively, specified)
    1. If the intended readMe file does not yet exist in the expected path, it is generated with a skeleton (with e.g., a generated header name)
    2. The script then goes through all sections defined as SectionsToRefresh (by default all) and refreshes the sections’ content (for example, for the Parameters) based on the values in the ARM/JSON Template. It detects sections by their header and always regenerates the full section.
    3. Once all are refreshed, the current ReadMe file is overwritten. Note: The script can be invoked combining the WhatIf and Verbose switches to just receive an console-output of the updated content.

How to use it

For details on how to use the function, please refer to the script’s local documentation.

The script must be loaded (’dot-sourced’) before the function can be invoked.

. 'C:/dev/Set-AVMModule.ps1'
Set-AVMModule (...)