Manage Azure Cosmos DB in Azure Storage Explorer (Preview)

Using Azure Cosmos DB in Azure Storage Explorer enables users to manage Azure Cosmos DB entities, manipulate data, update stored procedures and triggers along with other Azure entities like Storage blobs and queues. Now you can use the same tool to manage your different Azure entities in one place. At this time, Azure Storage Explorer supports SQL accounts. The Azure Storage Explorer does not work with the Azure Cosmos DB Local Emulator.

In this article, you can learn how to use Storage Explorer to manage Azure Cosmos DB.


An Azure Cosmos DB account for the SQL API . If you don't have an account, you can create one in the Azure portal, as described in Azure Cosmos DB: Build a SQL API web app with .NET and the Azure portal.


Install the newest Azure Storage Explorer bits here: Azure Storage Explorer, now we support Windows, Linux, and MAC version.

Connect to an Azure subscription

  1. After installing the Azure Storage Explorer, click the plug-in icon on the left as shown in the following image.

    Plug in icon

  2. Select Add an Azure Account, and then click Sign-in.

    Connect to Azure subscription

  3. In the Azure Sign in dialog box, select Sign in, and then enter your Azure credentials.

    Sign in

  4. Select your subscription from the list and then click Apply.


    The Explorer pane updates and displays the accounts in the selected subscription.

    Account list

    You have successfully connected to your Azure Cosmos DB account to your Azure subscription.

Connect to Azure Cosmos DB by using a connection string

An alternative way of connecting to an Azure Cosmos DB is to use a connection string. Use the following steps to connect using a connection string.

  1. Find Local and Attached in the left tree, right-click Azure Cosmos DB Accounts, choose Connect to Azure Cosmos DB...

    Connect to Azure Cosmos DB by connection string

  2. Choose the appropriate Default Experience for your account type, DocumentDB , paste in your Connection String, and then click OK to connect Azure Cosmos DB account. For information on retrieving the connection string, see Get the connection string.


Azure Cosmos DB resource management

You can manage an Azure Cosmos DB account by doing following operations:

  • Open the account in the Azure portal
  • Add the resource to the Quick Access list
  • Search and refresh resources
  • Create and delete databases
  • Create and delete collections
  • Create, edit, delete, and filter documents
  • Manage stored procedures, triggers, and user-defined functions

Quick access tasks

By right-clicking on a subscription in the Explorer pane, you can perform many quick action tasks:

  • Right-click an Azure Cosmos DB account or a database, you can choose Open in Portal and manage the resource in the browser on the Azure portal.

    Open in portal

  • You can also add Azure Cosmos DB account, database, collection to Quick Access.

  • Search from Here enables keyword search under the selected path.

    search from here

Database and collection management

Create a database

Right-click the Azure Cosmos DB account, choose Create Database, input the database name, and press Enter to complete.

Create database

Delete a database

Right-click the database, click Delete Database, and click Yes in the pop-up window. The database node is deleted, and the Azure Cosmos DB account refreshes automatically.

Delete database1

Delete database2

Create a collection

Right-click your database, choose Create Collection, and then provide the following information like Collection ID, Storage capacity, etc. Click OK to finish. For information on partition key settings, see Design for partitioning.

If a partition key is used when creating a collection, once creation is completed, the partition key value can't be changed on the collection.

Create collection1

Create collection2

Delete a collection

Right-click the collection, click Delete Collection, and then click Yes in the pop-up window.

The collection node is deleted, and the database refreshes automatically.

Delete collection

Document management

Create and modify documents

To create a new document, open Documents in the left window, click New Document, edit the contents in the right pane, then click Save. You can also update an existing document, and then click Save. Changes can be discarded by clicking Discard.


Delete a document

Click the Delete button to delete the selected document.

Query for documents

Edit the document filter by entering a SQL query and then click Apply.


Manage stored procedures, triggers, and UDFs

  • To create a stored procedure, in the left tree, right-click Stored Procedure, choose Create Stored Procedure, enter a name in the left, type the stored procedure scripts in the right window, and then click Create.
  • You can also edit existing stored procedures by double-clicking, making the update, and then clicking Update to save, or click Discard to cancel the change.

Stored procedure

  • The operations for Triggers and UDF are similar to those for Stored Procedures.

Next steps