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Microsoft Azure Blob Storage Client Library for Python

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Azure Storage Blobs client library for Python

Azure Blob storage is Microsoft's object storage solution for the cloud. Blob storage is optimized for storing massive amounts of unstructured data, such as text or binary data.

Blob storage is ideal for:

  • Serving images or documents directly to a browser
  • Storing files for distributed access
  • Streaming video and audio
  • Storing data for backup and restore, disaster recovery, and archiving
  • Storing data for analysis by an on-premises or Azure-hosted service

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Getting started

Install the package

Install the Azure Storage Blobs client library for Python with pip:

pip install azure-storage-blob

Prerequisites: You must have an Azure subscription, and a Storage Account to use this package.

To create a Storage Account, you can use the Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell or Azure CLI:

az storage account create -n MyStorageAccountName -g MyResourceGroupName

Requires Python 2.7, 3.5 or later to use this package.

Authenticate the client

Interaction with Storage Blobs starts with an instance of the BlobServiceClient class. You need an existing storage account, its URL, and a credential to instantiate the client object.

Get credentials

To authenticate the client you have a few options:

  1. Use a SAS token string
  2. Use an account shared access key
  3. Use a token credential from azure.identity

Alternatively, you can authenticate with a storage connection string using the from_connection_string method. See example: Client creation with a connection string.

You can omit the credential if your account URL already has a SAS token.

Create client

Once you have your account URL and credentials ready, you can create the BlobServiceClient:

from import BlobServiceClient

service = BlobServiceClient(account_url="https://<my-storage-account-name>", credential=credential)

Key concepts

Blob storage offers three types of resources:

  • The storage account
  • A container in the storage account
  • A blob in a container


The Storage Blobs SDK provides four different clients to interact with the Blob Service:

  1. BlobServiceClient - this client interacts with the Blob Service at the account level. It provides operations to retrieve and configure the account properties as well as list, create, and delete containers within the account. For operations relating to a specific container or blob, clients for those entities can also be retrieved using the get_blob_client or get_container_client functions.
  2. ContainerClient - this client represents interaction with a specific container, although that container need not exist yet. It provides operations to create, delete, or configure containers and includes operations to list, upload, and delete blobs in the container. For operations relating to a specific blob, the client can also be retrieved using the get_blob_client function.
  3. BlobClient - this client represents interaction with a specific blob, although that blob need not exist yet. It provides blob operations to upload, download, delete, create snapshots, and list blobs, as well as specific operations per blob type.
  4. LeaseClient - this client represents lease interactions with a ContainerClient or BlobClient. It provides operations to acquire, renew, release, change, and break leases on the resources.

Blob Types

Once you've initialized a Client, you can choose from the different types of blobs:

  • Block blobs store text and binary data, up to about 4.7 TB. Block blobs are made up of blocks of data that can be managed individually
  • Append blobs are made up of blocks like block blobs, but are optimized for append operations. Append blobs are ideal for scenarios such as logging data from virtual machines
  • Page blobs store random access files up to 8 TB in size. Page blobs store virtual hard drive (VHD) files and serve as disks for Azure virtual machines

For more information about the different types of blobs, see Understanding Block Blobs, Append Blobs, and Page Blobs


The following sections provide several code snippets covering some of the most common Storage Blob tasks, including:

Client creation with a connection string

Create the BlobServiceClient using the connection string to your Azure Storage account.

from import BlobServiceClient

service = BlobServiceClient.from_connection_string(conn_str="my_connection_string")

Uploading a blob

Upload a blob to your container.

from import BlobClient

blob = BlobClient.from_connection_string("my_connection_string", container="mycontainer", blob="my_blob")

with open("./SampleSource.txt", "rb") as data:

Downloading a blob

Download a blob from your container.

from import BlobClient

blob = BlobClient.from_connection_string("my_connection_string", container="mycontainer", blob="my_blob")

with open("./BlockDestination.txt", "wb") as my_blob:

Enumerating blobs

List the blob in your container.

from import ContainerClient

container = ContainerClient.from_connection_string("my_connection_string", container="mycontainer")

blob_list = container.list_blobs()
for blob in blob_list:
    print( + '\n')


Storage Blob clients raise exceptions defined in Azure Core.

All Blob service operations will throw a StorageErrorException on failure with helpful error codes.

Next steps

More sample code

Get started with our Blob samples.

Several Storage Blobs Python SDK samples are available to you in the SDK's GitHub repository. These samples provide example code for additional scenarios commonly encountered while working with Storage Blobs:

  • - Examples for common Storage Blob tasks:

    • Set up a container
    • Create a block, page, or append blob
    • Upload blobs
    • Download blobs
    • Delete blobs
  • - Examples for authenticating and creating the client:

    • From a connection string
    • From a shared access key
    • From a shared access signature token
    • From active directory
  • - Examples for interacting with the blob service:

    • Get account information
    • Get and set service properties
    • Get service statistics
    • Create, list, and delete containers
    • Get the Blob or Container client
  • - Examples for interacting with containers:

    • Create a container and delete containers
    • Set metadata on containers
    • Get container properties
    • Acquire a lease on container
    • Set an access policy on a container
    • Upload, list, delete blobs in container
    • Get the blob client to interact with a specific blob
  • - Examples common to all types of blobs:

    • Create a snapshot
    • Delete a blob snapshot
    • Soft delete a blob
    • Undelete a blob
    • Acquire a lease on a blob

Additional documentation

For more extensive documentation on the Azure Storage Blobs, see the Azure Storage Blobs documentation on


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