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Azure Storage Blob client library for Java

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Azure Storage - Blobs 
Package Description
Package containing the classes for BlobServiceClient.
Package containing classes for AzureBlobStorage.
Package containing SAS (shared access signature) classes used by Azure Storage Blobs.
Package containing specialized clients for Azure Storage Blobs.

Azure Storage Blob client library for Java

Azure Blob Storage is Microsoft's object storage solution for the cloud. Blob Storage is optimized for storing massive amounts of unstructured data. Unstructured data is data that does not adhere to a particular data model or definition, such as text or binary data.

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Getting started


Adding the package to your product


Default HTTP Client

All client libraries, by default, use the Netty HTTP client. Adding the above dependency will automatically configure Storage Blob to use the Netty HTTP client.

Alternate HTTP client

If, instead of Netty it is preferable to use OkHTTP, there is an HTTP client available for that too. Exclude the default Netty and include the OkHTTP client in your pom.xml.

<!-- Add the Storage Blob dependency without the Netty HTTP client -->
<!-- Add the OkHTTP client to use with Storage Blob -->

Configuring HTTP Clients

When an HTTP client is included on the classpath, as shown above, it is not necessary to specify it in the client library builders unless you want to customize the HTTP client in some fashion. If this is desired, the httpClient builder method is often available to achieve just this by allowing users to provide custom (or customized) instances.

For starters, by having the Netty or OkHTTP dependencies on your classpath, as shown above, you can create new instances of these HttpClient types using their builder APIs. For example, here is how you would create a Netty HttpClient instance:

HttpClient client = new NettyAsyncHttpClientBuilder()

Create a Storage Account

To create a Storage Account you can use the Azure Portal or Azure CLI.

az storage account create \
    --resource-group <resource-group-name> \
    --name <storage-account-name> \
    --location <location>

Authenticate the client

In order to interact with the Storage Service (Blob, Queue, Message, MessageId, File) you'll need to create an instance of the Service Client class. To make this possible you'll need the Account SAS (shared access signature) string of the Storage Account. Learn more at SAS Token

Get credentials

SAS Token

a. Use the Azure CLI snippet below to get the SAS token from the Storage Account.

az storage blob generate-sas \
    --account-name {Storage Account name} \
    --container-name {container name} \
    --name {blob name} \
    --permissions {permissions to grant} \
    --expiry {datetime to expire the SAS token} \
    --services {storage services the SAS allows} \
    --resource-types {resource types the SAS allows}



az storage blob generate-sas \
    --account-name MyStorageAccount \
    --container-name MyContainer \
    --name MyBlob \
    --permissions racdw \
    --expiry 2020-06-15

b. Alternatively, get the Account SAS Token from the Azure Portal.

  1. Go to your Storage Account
  2. Select Shared access signature from the menu on the left
  3. Click on Generate SAS and connection string (after setup)
Shared Key Credential

a. Use Account name and Account key. Account name is your Storage Account name.

  1. Go to your Storage Account
  2. Select Access keys from the menu on the left
  3. Under key1/key2 copy the contents of the Key field


b. Use the connection string.

  1. Go to your Storage Account
  2. Select Access keys from the menu on the left
  3. Under key1/key2 copy the contents of the Connection string field

Key concepts

Blob Storage is designed for:


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

Create a BlobServiceClient

Create a BlobServiceClient using the sasToken generated above.

BlobServiceClient blobServiceClient = new BlobServiceClientBuilder()

Create a BlobContainerClient

Create a BlobContainerClient using a BlobServiceClient.

BlobContainerClient blobContainerClient = blobServiceClient.getBlobContainerClient("mycontainer");


Create a BlobContainerClient from the builder sasToken generated above.

BlobContainerClient blobContainerClient = new BlobContainerClientBuilder()

Create a BlobClient

Create a BlobClient using a BlobContainerClient.

BlobClient blobClient = blobContainerClient.getBlobClient("myblob");


Create a BlobClient from the builder sasToken generated above.

BlobClient blobClient = new BlobClientBuilder()

Create a container

Create a container using a BlobServiceClient.



Create a container using a BlobContainerClient.


Upload a blob from a stream

Upload from an InputStream to a blob using a BlockBlobClient generated from a BlobContainerClient.

BlockBlobClient blockBlobClient = blobContainerClient.getBlobClient("myblockblob").getBlockBlobClient();
String dataSample = "samples";
try (ByteArrayInputStream dataStream = new ByteArrayInputStream(dataSample.getBytes())) {
    blockBlobClient.upload(dataStream, dataSample.length());

Upload a blob from local path

Upload a file to a blob using a BlobClient generated from a BlobContainerClient.

BlobClient blobClient = blobContainerClient.getBlobClient("myblockblob");

Download a blob to a stream

Download a blob to an OutputStream using a BlobClient.

try(ByteArrayOutputStream outputStream = new ByteArrayOutputStream()) {;

Download a blob to local path

Download blob to a local file using a BlobClient.


Enumerate blobs

Enumerating all blobs using a BlobContainerClient.

            blobItem -> System.out.println("This is the blob name: " + blobItem.getName())

Authenticate with Azure Identity

The Azure Identity library provides Azure Active Directory support for authenticating with Azure Storage.

BlobServiceClient blobStorageClient = new BlobServiceClientBuilder()
        .credential(new DefaultAzureCredentialBuilder().build())


When interacting with blobs using this Java client library, errors returned by the service correspond to the same HTTP status codes returned for REST API requests. For example, if you try to retrieve a container or blob that doesn't exist in your Storage Account, a 404 error is returned, indicating Not Found.

Next steps

Several Storage blob Java 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 Key Vault:

Next steps Samples

Samples are explained in detail here.


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