5 min Azure Storage Explorer Queues (access key) Python SDK

What is Azure Queue Storage?

Introduction to Azure Queue Storage – Azure Storage | Microsoft Docs

Azure Queue Storage is a service for storing large numbers of messages. You access messages from anywhere in the world via authenticated calls using HTTP or HTTPS. A queue message can be up to 64 KB in size. A queue may contain millions of messages, up to the total capacity limit of a storage account. Queues are commonly used to create a backlog of work to process asynchronously.

Queue service REST API – Azure Storage | Microsoft Docs

How to view the messages?

Authorize requests to Azure Storage (REST API) | Microsoft Docs


View account access keys

You can use either of the two keys to access Azure Storage, but in general it’s a good practice to use the first key, and reserve the use of the second key for when you are rotating keys.

Use Azure Key Vault to manage your access keys

Microsoft recommends using Azure Key Vault to manage and rotate your access keys. Your application can securely access your keys in Key Vault, so that you can avoid storing them with your application code. For more information about using Key Vault for key management

You can use either of the two keys to access Azure Storage, but in general it’s a good practice to use the first key, and reserve the use of the second key for when you are rotating keys.

Lets do Python:

Azure Storage Queues client library for Python

azure-storage-queue · PyPI

QueueServiceClient – this client represents interaction with the Azure storage account itself, and allows you to acquire preconfigured client instances to access the queues within. It provides operations to retrieve and configure the account properties as well as list, create, and delete queues within the account. To perform operations on a specific queue, retrieve a client using the get_queue_client method.

QueueClient – this client represents interaction with a specific queue (which need not exist yet). It provides operations to create, delete, or configure a queue and includes operations to send, receive, peek, delete, and update messages within it.

The above URL together with Azure is super important for setting correct properties for the queue and the msg

How to use Azure Queue Storage from Python | Microsoft Docs

Configure your storage connection string






# Retrieve the connection string from an environment
connect_str = os.getenv(“AZURE_STORAGE_CONNECTION_STRING”)

In this example we will use access key, not the connection string, the access key as mentioned can be stored in key vault.


  • List queues


  • Create a queue
  • Insert a message into a queue
  • Peek at messages
  • Change the contents of a queued message
  • Get the queue length
  • Dequeue messages (next message in the queue by default or get messages in batches)
  • Delete a queue

We made a queue in our storage account, nothing fancy

We will insert some messages, view then in the portal and then dequeue them in batches of 2

List queues and insert in explorerqueue:

The queue is now empty

List and insert:

azure-arm-104/8_extra_tutorials/python_sdk_storage_queue at master · spawnmarvel/azure-arm-104 (github.com)

Vie the msg in the portal

Now read them in batches of 2 and 2


And the portal is empty

There is also a REST SERVICE for almost everything in Azure