Azure Function Event Grid Trigger Local Debugging

This article demonstrates how to debug a local function that handles an Azure Event Grid event raised by a storage account.


  • Create or use an existing function app
  • Create or use an existing storage account. Event Grid notification subscription can be set on Azure Storage accounts for BlobStorage, StorageV2, or Data Lake Storage Gen2.
  • Download ngrok to allow Azure to call your local function

Create a new function

Open your function app in Visual Studio and, right-click on the project name in the Solution Explorer and click Add > New Azure Function.

In the New Azure Function window, select Event Grid trigger and click OK.

Create new function

Once the function is created, open the code file and copy the URL commented out at the top of the file. This location is used when configuring the Event Grid trigger.

Copy location

Then, set a breakpoint on the line that begins with log.LogInformation.

Set breakpoint

Next, press F5 to start a debugging session.

Allow Azure to call your local function

To break into a function being debugged on your machine, you must enable a way for Azure to communicate with your local function from the cloud.

The ngrok utility provides a way for Azure to call the function running on your machine. Start ngrok using the following command:

ngrok http -host-header=localhost 7071

As the utility is set up, the command window should look similar to the following screenshot:

Screenshot that shows the Command Prompt after starting the "ngrok" utility.

Copy the HTTPS URL generated when ngrok is run. This value is used when configuring the event grid event endpoint.

Add a storage event

  1. Open the Azure portal and navigate to your storage account and select the Events option from the left menu.

    Add storage account event

  2. In the Events window, select the Event Subscription button.

  3. In the Event Subscription window, select the Endpoint Type dropdown and select Web Hook.

    Select subscription type

  4. Once the endpoint type is configured, click on Select an endpoint to configure the endpoint value.

    Select endpoint type

    The Subscriber Endpoint value is made up from three different values. The prefix is the HTTPS URL generated by ngrok. The remainder of the URL comes from the localhost URL copied earlier in the how to guide, with the function name added at the end. Starting with the localhost URL, the ngrok URL replaces http://localhost:7071 and the function name replaces {functionname}.

  5. The following screenshot shows an example of how the final URL should look when using an Event Grid trigger type.

    Endpoint selection

  6. Once you've entered the appropriate value, click Confirm Selection.


Every time you start ngrok, the HTTPS URL is regenerated and the value changes. Therefore you must create a new Event Subscription each time you expose your function to Azure via ngrok.

Upload a file

Now you can upload a file to your storage account to trigger an Event Grid event for your local function to handle.

Open Storage Explorer and connect it to your storage account.

  • Expand Blob Containers
  • Right-click and select Create Blob Container.
  • Name the container samples-workitems
  • Select the samples-workitems container
  • Click the Upload button
  • Click Upload Files
  • Select a file and upload it to the blob container

Debug the function

Once the Event Grid recognizes a new file is uploaded to the storage container, the break point is hit in your local function.

Start ngrok

Clean up resources

To clean up the resources created in this article, delete the test container in your storage account.

Next steps