Announcing Microsoft Authentication Library for .NET 4.54.0, with General Availability of Managed Identity APIs

Den Delimarsky

Today our team is excited to announce the release of Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL) for .NET version 4.54.0! To get started, you can download the Microsoft.Identity.Client package from NuGet through one of many ways to add a package dependency to your project:

Using the .NET Command-Line Interface (CLI):

dotnet add package Microsoft.Identity.Client

Using the NuGet Command Line Interface (CLI):

nuget install Microsoft.Identity.Client

Using the Package Manager Console:

Install-Package Microsoft.Identity.Client

Using Visual Studio:

  1. Open the Solution Explorer.
  2. Right-click on a project within the solution.
  3. Click on Manage NuGet Packages…
  4. Click on the Browse tab and search for Microsoft.Identity.Client.
  5. Click on the Microsoft.Identity.Client package and click Install.

What’s New

This release introduces a large feature change, as well as multiple stability and performance improvements that make MSAL.NET easier to use in cloud-based and mobile workloads.

New Features

Bug Fixes

Most importantly, the latest version of MSAL.NET graduates the Managed Identity APIs into the General Availability mode of support, which means that developers can integrate them safely in production workloads.

Managed Identity General Availability

Managed identities are a part of the Azure infrastructure, simplifying how developers handle credentials and secrets to access cloud resources. With Managed Identities, developers do not need to manually handle credential retrieval and security. Instead, they can rely on an automatically managed set of identities to connect to resources that support Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication. You can learn more in What are managed identities for Azure resources?

With MSAL.NET 4.54.0, the Managed Identity APIs are now stable. There are a few changes that we added that make them easier to use and integrate that might require tweaking your code if you’ve used our experimental implementation:

To get started with Managed Identity in MSAL.NET you can use the Microsoft.Identity.Client package together with the ManagedIdentityApplicationBuilder class. For example, to use system-assigned managed identities in your application, you can write a snippet such as the one below:

IManagedIdentityApplication mi = ManagedIdentityApplicationBuilder.Create(ManagedIdentityId.SystemAssigned)

AuthenticationResult result = await mi.AcquireTokenForManagedIdentity(resource)

If you have a resource to which a user-assigned identity is attached, you can access it as such:

IManagedIdentityApplication mi = ManagedIdentityApplicationBuilder.Create(ManagedIdentityId.WithUserAssignedClientId(clientIdOfUserAssignedManagedIdentity))

AuthenticationResult result = await mi.AcquireTokenForManagedIdentity(resource)

To learn more, refer to our documentation.


We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Microsoft Authentication Library for .NET! Feel free to open an issue on GitHub if you’d like to report a bug or request a new feature. For questions around the usage of the library, refer to Stack Overflow.

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