Query data using the Azure Data Explorer Python library

In this article, you query data using the Azure Data Explorer. Azure Data Explorer is a fast and highly scalable data exploration service for log and telemetry data.

Azure Data Explorer provides a data client library for Python. This library enables you to query data from your code. Connect to a table on the help cluster that we have set up to aid learning. You can query a table on that cluster and return the results.


  • Python 3.4+

  • An organizational email account that is a member of Azure Active Directory (AAD)

Install the data library

Install azure-kusto-data.

pip install azure-kusto-data

Add import statements and constants

Import classes from the library, as well as pandas, a data analysis library.

from azure.kusto.data import KustoClient, KustoConnectionStringBuilder
from azure.kusto.data.exceptions import KustoServiceError
from azure.kusto.data.helpers import dataframe_from_result_table
import pandas as pd

To authenticate an application, Azure Data Explorer uses your AAD tenant ID. To find your tenant ID, use the following URL, substituting your domain for YourDomain.


For example, if your domain is contoso.com, the URL is: https://login.windows.net/contoso.com/.well-known/openid-configuration/. Click this URL to see the results; the first line is as follows.


The tenant ID in this case is 6babcaad-604b-40ac-a9d7-9fd97c0b779f. Set the value for AAD_TENANT_ID before running this code.

AAD_TENANT_ID = "<TenantId>"
KUSTO_CLUSTER = "https://help.kusto.windows.net/"

Now construct the connection string. This example uses device authentication to access the cluster. You can also use AAD application certificate, AAD application key, and AAD user and password.

KCSB = KustoConnectionStringBuilder.with_aad_device_authentication(
KCSB.authority_id = AAD_TENANT_ID

Connect to Azure Data Explorer and execute a query

Execute a query against the cluster and store the output in a data frame. When this code runs, it returns a message like the following: To sign in, use a web browser to open the page https://microsoft.com/devicelogin and enter the code F3W4VWZDM to authenticate. Follow the steps to sign-in, then return to run the next code block.

KUSTO_QUERY = "StormEvents | sort by StartTime desc | take 10"


Explore data in DataFrame

After you enter a sign in, the query returns results, and they are stored in a data frame. You can work with the results like you do any other data frame.

df = dataframe_from_result_table(RESPONSE.primary_results[0])

You should see the top ten results from the StormEvents table.

Next steps