Azure Cosmos DB trigger for Azure Functions 2.x and higher

The Azure Cosmos DB Trigger uses the Azure Cosmos DB Change Feed to listen for inserts and updates across partitions. The change feed publishes inserts and updates, not deletions.

For information on setup and configuration details, see the overview.

The following example shows a C# function that is invoked when there are inserts or updates in the specified database and collection.

using Microsoft.Azure.Documents;
using Microsoft.Azure.WebJobs;
using Microsoft.Azure.WebJobs.Host;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;

namespace CosmosDBSamplesV2
    public static class CosmosTrigger
        public static void Run([CosmosDBTrigger(
            databaseName: "ToDoItems",
            collectionName: "Items",
            ConnectionStringSetting = "CosmosDBConnection",
            LeaseCollectionName = "leases",
            CreateLeaseCollectionIfNotExists = true)]IReadOnlyList<Document> documents,
            ILogger log)
            if (documents != null && documents.Count > 0)
                log.LogInformation($"Documents modified: {documents.Count}");
                log.LogInformation($"First document Id: {documents[0].Id}");

Attributes and annotations

In C# class libraries, use the CosmosDBTrigger attribute.

The attribute's constructor takes the database name and collection name. For information about those settings and other properties that you can configure, see Trigger - configuration. Here's a CosmosDBTrigger attribute example in a method signature:

    public static void Run([CosmosDBTrigger("database", "collection", ConnectionStringSetting = "myCosmosDB")]
        IReadOnlyList<Document> documents,
        ILogger log)

For a complete example, see Trigger.


The following table explains the binding configuration properties that you set in the function.json file and the CosmosDBTrigger attribute.

function.json property Attribute property Description
type n/a Must be set to cosmosDBTrigger.
direction n/a Must be set to in. This parameter is set automatically when you create the trigger in the Azure portal.
name n/a The variable name used in function code that represents the list of documents with changes.
connectionStringSetting ConnectionStringSetting The name of an app setting that contains the connection string used to connect to the Azure Cosmos DB account being monitored.
databaseName DatabaseName The name of the Azure Cosmos DB database with the collection being monitored.
collectionName CollectionName The name of the collection being monitored.
leaseConnectionStringSetting LeaseConnectionStringSetting (Optional) The name of an app setting that contains the connection string to the Azure Cosmos DB account that holds the lease collection. When not set, the connectionStringSetting value is used. This parameter is automatically set when the binding is created in the portal. The connection string for the leases collection must have write permissions.
leaseDatabaseName LeaseDatabaseName (Optional) The name of the database that holds the collection used to store leases. When not set, the value of the databaseName setting is used. This parameter is automatically set when the binding is created in the portal.
leaseCollectionName LeaseCollectionName (Optional) The name of the collection used to store leases. When not set, the value leases is used.
createLeaseCollectionIfNotExists CreateLeaseCollectionIfNotExists (Optional) When set to true, the leases collection is automatically created when it doesn't already exist. The default value is false.
leasesCollectionThroughput LeasesCollectionThroughput (Optional) Defines the number of Request Units to assign when the leases collection is created. This setting is only used when createLeaseCollectionIfNotExists is set to true. This parameter is automatically set when the binding is created using the portal.
leaseCollectionPrefix LeaseCollectionPrefix (Optional) When set, the value is added as a prefix to the leases created in the Lease collection for this Function. Using a prefix allows two separate Azure Functions to share the same Lease collection by using different prefixes.
feedPollDelay FeedPollDelay (Optional) The time (in milliseconds) for the delay between polling a partition for new changes on the feed, after all current changes are drained. Default is 5,000 milliseconds, or 5 seconds.
leaseAcquireInterval LeaseAcquireInterval (Optional) When set, it defines, in milliseconds, the interval to kick off a task to compute if partitions are distributed evenly among known host instances. Default is 13000 (13 seconds).
leaseExpirationInterval LeaseExpirationInterval (Optional) When set, it defines, in milliseconds, the interval for which the lease is taken on a lease representing a partition. If the lease is not renewed within this interval, it will cause it to expire and ownership of the partition will move to another instance. Default is 60000 (60 seconds).
leaseRenewInterval LeaseRenewInterval (Optional) When set, it defines, in milliseconds, the renew interval for all leases for partitions currently held by an instance. Default is 17000 (17 seconds).
checkpointFrequency CheckpointFrequency (Optional) When set, it defines, in milliseconds, the interval between lease checkpoints. Default is always after each Function call.
maxItemsPerInvocation MaxItemsPerInvocation (Optional) When set, this property sets the maximum number of items received per Function call. If operations in the monitored collection are performed through stored procedures, transaction scope is preserved when reading items from the Change Feed. As a result, the number of items received could be higher than the specified value so that the items changed by the same transaction are returned as part of one atomic batch.
startFromBeginning StartFromBeginning (Optional) This option tells the Trigger to read changes from the beginning of the collection's change history instead of starting at the current time. Reading from the beginning only works the first time the Trigger starts, as in subsequent runs, the checkpoints are already stored. Setting this option to true when there are leases already created has no effect.
preferredLocations PreferredLocations (Optional) Defines preferred locations (regions) for geo-replicated database accounts in the Azure Cosmos DB service. Values should be comma-separated. For example, "East US,South Central US,North Europe".

When you're developing locally, app settings go into the local.settings.json file.


The trigger requires a second collection that it uses to store leases over the partitions. Both the collection being monitored and the collection that contains the leases must be available for the trigger to work.


If multiple functions are configured to use a Cosmos DB trigger for the same collection, each of the functions should use a dedicated lease collection or specify a different LeaseCollectionPrefix for each function. Otherwise, only one of the functions will be triggered. For information about the prefix, see the Configuration section.

The trigger doesn't indicate whether a document was updated or inserted, it just provides the document itself. If you need to handle updates and inserts differently, you could do that by implementing timestamp fields for insertion or update.

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