Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer enables you to easily work with Azure Storage data safely and securely on Windows, macOS, and Linux. By following these guidelines, you can ensure your data stays protected. Always use the latest version of Storage Explorer. Storage Explorer releases may contain security updates. Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer is a standalone app that makes it easy to work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS, and Linux. In this article, you'll learn several ways of connecting to and managing your Azure storage accounts.
Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer is a standalone app that makes it easy to work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
In this article, you'll learn several ways of connecting to and managing your Azure storage accounts.
The following versions of Windows support Storage Explorer:
For all versions of Windows, Storage Explorer requires .NET Framework 4.7.2 at a minimum.
The following versions of macOS support Storage Explorer:
Storage Explorer is available in the Snap Store for most common distributions of Linux. We recommend Snap Store for this installation. The Storage Explorer snap installs all of its dependencies and updates when new versions are published to the Snap Store.
For supported distributions, see the
snapd installation page.
Storage Explorer requires the use of a password manager. You might have to connect to a password manager manually. You can connect Storage Explorer to your system's password manager by running the following command:
Storage Explorer is also available as a .tar.gz download. If you use the .tar.gz, you must install dependencies manually. The following distributions of Linux support .tar.gz installation:
The .tar.gz installation might work on other distributions, but only these listed ones are officially supported.
For more help installing Storage Explorer on Linux, see Linux dependencies in the Azure Storage Explorer troubleshooting guide.
To download and install Storage Explorer, see Azure Storage Explorer.
Storage Explorer provides several ways to connect to Azure resources:
To fully access resources after you sign in, Storage Explorer requires both management (Azure Resource Manager) and data layer permissions. This means that you need Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) permissions to access your storage account, the containers in the account, and the data in the containers. If you have permissions only at the data layer, consider choosing the Sign in using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) option when attaching to a resource. For more information about the specific permissions Storage Explorer requires, see the Azure Storage Explorer troubleshooting guide.
In Storage Explorer, select View > Account Management or select the Manage Accounts button.
ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT now displays all the Azure accounts you're signed in to. To connect to another account, select Add an account....
The Connect to Azure Storage dialog opens. In the Select Resource panel, select Subscription.
In the Select Azure Environment panel, select an Azure environment to sign in to. You can sign in to global Azure, a national cloud or an Azure Stack instance. Then select Next.
For more information about Azure Stack, see Connect Storage Explorer to an Azure Stack subscription or storage account.
Storage Explorer will open a webpage for you to sign in.
After you successfully sign in with an Azure account, the account and the Azure subscriptions associated with that account appear under ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT. Select the Azure subscriptions that you want to work with, and then select Apply.
EXPLORER displays the storage accounts associated with the selected Azure subscriptions.
Storage Explorer lets you connect to individual resources, such as an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 container, using various authentication methods. Some authentication methods are only supported for certain resource types.
|Resource type||Azure AD||Account Name and Key||Shared Access Signature (SAS)||Public (anonymous)|
|Storage accounts||Yes||Yes||Yes (connection string or URL)||No|
|Blob containers||Yes||No||Yes (URL)||Yes|
|Gen2 containers||Yes||No||Yes (URL)||Yes|
|Gen2 directories||Yes||No||Yes (URL)||Yes|
|File shares||No||No||Yes (URL)||No|
Storage Explorer can also connect to a local storage emulator using the emulator's configured ports.
To connect to an individual resource, select the Connect button in the left-hand toolbar. Then follow the instructions for the resource type you want to connect to.
When a connection to a storage account is successfully added, a new tree node will appear under Local & Attached > Storage Accounts.
For other resource types, a new node is added under Local & Attached > Storage Accounts > (Attached Containers). The node will appear under a group node matching its type. For example, a new connection to an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 container will appear under Blob Containers.
If Storage Explorer couldn't add your connection, or if you can't access your data after successfully adding the connection, see the Azure Storage Explorer troubleshooting guide.
The following sections describe the different authentication methods you can use to connect to individual resources.
Storage Explorer can use your Azure account to connect to the following resource types:
Azure AD is the preferred option if you have data layer access to your resource but no management layer access.
Storage Explorer can connect to a storage account using the storage account's name and key.
You can find your account keys in the Azure portal. Open your storage account page and select Settings > Access keys.
Storage Explorer can connect to a storage account using a connection string with a Shared Access Signature (SAS). A SAS connection string looks like this:
Storage Explorer can connect to the following resource types using a SAS URI:
A SAS URI looks like this:
Storage Explorer can connect to an Azure Storage emulator. Currently, there are two supported emulators:
If your emulator is listening on the default ports, you can use the Local & Attached > Storage Accounts > Emulator - Default Ports node to access your emulator.
If you want to use a different name for your connection, or if your emulator isn't running on the default ports:
Start your emulator.
Storage Explorer doesn't automatically start your emulator. You must start it manually.
In the Select Resource panel of the Connect to Azure Storage dialog, select Local storage emulator.
Enter a display name for your connection and the port number for each emulated service you want to use. If you don't want to use to a service, leave the corresponding port blank. Select Next.
Review your connection information in the Summary panel. If the connection information is correct, select Connect.
Storage Explorer also supports connecting to Azure Cosmos DB resources.
Instead of managing Azure Cosmos DB accounts through an Azure subscription, you can connect to Azure Cosmos DB by using a connection string. To connect, follow these steps:
Under EXPLORER, expand Local & Attached, right-click Cosmos DB Accounts, and select Connect to Azure Cosmos DB.
Select the Azure Cosmos DB API, enter your Connection String data, and then select OK to connect the Azure Cosmos DB account. For information about how to retrieve the connection string, see Manage an Azure Cosmos account.
You can access a resource that's not in your subscription. You need someone who has access to that resource to give you the resource URI. After you sign in, connect to Data Lake Store by using the URI. To connect, follow these steps:
Under EXPLORER, expand Local & Attached.
Right-click Data Lake Storage Gen1, and select Connect to Data Lake Storage Gen1.
Enter the URI, and then select OK. Your Data Lake Store appears under Data Lake Storage.
This example uses Data Lake Storage Gen1. Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is now available. For more information, see What is Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1.
Right-click the storage account you want share, and then select Get Shared Access Signature.
In Shared Access Signature, specify the time frame and permissions you want for the account, and then select Create.
Copy either the Connection string or the raw Query string to your clipboard.
You can get a shared access signature at the service level. For more information, see Get the SAS for a blob container.
To find a storage resource, you can search in the EXPLORER pane.
As you enter text in the search box, Storage Explorer displays all resources that match the search value you've entered up to that point. This example shows a search for endpoints:
To speed up your search, use Account Management to deselect any subscriptions that don't contain the item you're searching for. You can also right-click a node and select Search From Here to start searching from a specific node.