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Posted : admin On 1/29/2022
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This article shows you how to use Azure Storage Explorer to create and manage directories and files in storage accounts that has hierarchical namespace (HNS) enabled.

To download blobs using Azure Storage Explorer, with a blob selected, select Download from the ribbon. A file dialog opens and provides you the ability to enter a file name. Select Save to start the download of a blob to the local location. I use CloudBerry Explorer for Azure Blob Storage to manage my containers, files and folders. I have a container with over 100GB of data which I would like to download, but cannot find a way of downloading the container, only individualy files.

Prerequisites

  • An Azure subscription. See Get Azure free trial.

  • A storage account that has hierarchical namespace (HNS) enabled. Follow these instructions to create one.

  • Azure Storage Explorer installed on your local computer. To install Azure Storage Explorer for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux, see Azure Storage Explorer.

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In the Select Resource panel of the Connect to Azure Storage dialog, select Blob container, ADLS Gen2 container, or Queue. Select Sign in using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and select Next. Select an Azure account and tenant. The account and tenant must have access to the Storage resource you want to attach to. Next, we are going to Connect to Azure Storage using “Azure Storage Explorer“. Connect to Azure Storage As you open azure storage explorer just click on connect plug a new dialog of “ Connect to Azure Storage ” will pop up in that we are going to choose ” Use a connection string ” option and click on next button. Microsoft Azure Storage explorer APP: Microsoft tool you can download it from here and install it on your PC then do login to your Azure account using your (Azure Email, Azure Storage access Key, Azure Storage SAS Shared access signature) and from it, you can check your files also “very helpful tool”.

Note

Storage Explorer makes use of both the Blob (blob) & Data Lake Storage Gen2 (dfs) endpoints when working with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2. If access to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is configured using private endpoints, ensure that two private endpoints are created for the storage account: one with the target sub-resource blob and the other with the target sub-resource dfs.

Sign in to Storage Explorer

When you first start Storage Explorer, the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer - Connect window appears. While Storage Explorer provides several ways to connect to storage accounts, only one way is currently supported for managing ACLs.

TaskPurpose
Add an Azure AccountRedirects you to your organization's sign-in page to authenticate you to Azure. Currently this is the only supported authentication method if you want to manage and set ACLs.
Use a connection string or shared access signature URICan be used to directly access a container or storage account with a SAS token or a shared connection string.
Use a storage account name and keyUse the storage account name and key of your storage account to connect to Azure storage.

Select Add an Azure Account and click Sign in... Follow the on-screen prompts to sign into your Azure account.

When it completes connecting, Azure Storage Explorer loads with the Explorer tab shown. This view gives you insight to all of your Azure storage accounts as well as local storage configured through the Azurite storage emulator, Cosmos DB accounts, or Azure Stack environments.

Create a container

A container holds directories and files. To create one, expand the storage account you created in the proceeding step. Select Blob Containers, right-click, and select Create Blob Container. Enter the name for your container. See the Create a container section for a list of rules and restrictions on naming containers. When complete, press Enter to create the container. Once the container has been successfully created, it is displayed under the Blob Containers folder for the selected storage account.

Create a directory

To create a directory, select the container that you created in the proceeding step. In the container ribbon, choose the New Folder button. Enter the name for your directory. When complete, press Enter to create the directory. Once the directory has been successfully created, it appears in the editor window.

Upload blobs to the directory

On the directory ribbon, choose the Upload button. This operation gives you the option to upload a folder or a file.

Choose the files or folder to upload.

When you select OK, the files selected are queued to upload, each file is uploaded. When the upload is complete, the results are shown in the Activities window.

View blobs in a directory

In the Azure Storage Explorer application, select a directory under a storage account. The main pane shows a list of the blobs in the selected directory.

Download blobs

To download files by using Azure Storage Explorer, with a file selected, select Download from the ribbon. A file dialog opens and provides you the ability to enter a file name. Select Save to start the download of a file to the local location.

Next steps

Learn how to manage file and directory permission by setting access control lists (ACLs)

Azure Storage Explorer is an app that allows you to view storage resources such as blobs, tables, queues and files in different Azure storage.

To install it, first go to storageexplorer.com to download the app and click to download:

This will download. Run the file:

Accept the terms and click Install:

Click Next:

Click Next:

Click Next to launch the explorer:

This will open below. Click Connect to Azure Storage:

Note the options:

We will connect using a Storage Account name and key:

Enter your connection information, which you can look up in Azure in your storage account keys:

Click Connect:

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You will now be connected to the storage account:

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