Quickstart: Use Azure PowerShell to create a Service Bus queue

This quickstart describes how to send and receive messages to and from a Service Bus queue, using PowerShell to create a messaging namespace and a queue within that namespace, and to obtain the authorization credentials on that namespace. The procedure then shows how to send and receive messages from this queue using the .NET Standard library.


This article has been updated to use the new Azure PowerShell Az module. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020. To learn more about the new Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the new Azure PowerShell Az module. For Az module installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell.

What are Service Bus queues?

Service Bus queues support a brokered messaging communication model. When using queues, components of a distributed application do not communicate directly with each other; instead they exchange messages via a queue, which acts as an intermediary (broker). A message producer (sender) hands off a message to the queue and then continues its processing. Asynchronously, a message consumer (receiver) pulls the message from the queue and processes it. The producer does not have to wait for a reply from the consumer in order to continue to process and send further messages. Queues offer First In, First Out (FIFO) message delivery to one or more competing consumers. That is, messages are typically received and processed by the receivers in the order in which they were added to the queue, and each message is received and processed by only one message consumer.


Service Bus queues are a general-purpose technology that can be used for a wide variety of scenarios:

  • Communication between web and worker roles in a multi-tier Azure application.
  • Communication between on-premises apps and Azure-hosted apps in a hybrid solution.
  • Communication between components of a distributed application running on-premises in different organizations or departments of an organization.

Using queues enables you to scale your applications more easily, and enable more resiliency to your architecture.


To complete this tutorial, make sure you have installed:

This quickstart requires that you are running the latest version of Azure PowerShell. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install and Configure Azure PowerShell. If you are familiar with Azure Cloud Shell, you could use it without installing Azure PowerShell on your machine. For details about Azure Cloud Shell, see Overview of Azure Cloud Shell

Sign in to Azure

  1. First, install the Service Bus PowerShell module, if you haven't already:

    Install-Module Az.ServiceBus
  2. Run the following command to sign in to Azure:

  3. Issue the following commands to set the current subscription context, or to see the currently active subscription:

    Select-AzSubscription -SubscriptionName "MyAzureSubName" 

Provision resources

From the PowerShell prompt, issue the following commands to provision Service Bus resources. Be sure to replace all placeholders with the appropriate values:

# Create a resource group 
New-AzResourceGroup –Name my-resourcegroup –Location eastus

# Create a Messaging namespace
New-AzServiceBusNamespace -ResourceGroupName my-resourcegroup -NamespaceName namespace-name -Location eastus

# Create a queue 
New-AzServiceBusQueue -ResourceGroupName my-resourcegroup -NamespaceName namespace-name -Name queue-name -EnablePartitioning $False

# Get primary connection string (required in next step)
Get-AzServiceBusKey -ResourceGroupName my-resourcegroup -Namespace namespace-name -Name RootManageSharedAccessKey

After the Get-AzServiceBusKey cmdlet runs, copy and paste the connection string and the queue name you selected, to a temporary location such as Notepad. You will need it in the next step.

Send and receive messages

After the namespace and queue are created, and you have the necessary credentials, you are ready to send and receive messages. You can examine the code in this GitHub sample folder.

To run the code, do the following:

  1. Clone the Service Bus GitHub repository by issuing the following command:

    git clone https://github.com/Azure/azure-service-bus.git
  2. Navigate to the sample folder azure-service-bus\samples\DotNet\GettingStarted\BasicSendReceiveQuickStart\BasicSendReceiveQuickStart.

  3. If you have not done so already, obtain the connection string using the following PowerShell cmdlet. Be sure to replace my-resourcegroup and namespace-name with your specific values: 

    Get-AzServiceBusKey -ResourceGroupName my-resourcegroup -Namespace namespace-name -Name RootManageSharedAccessKey
  4. At the PowerShell prompt, type the following command:

    dotnet build
  5. Navigate to the bin\Debug\netcoreapp2.0 folder.

  6. Type the following command to run the program. Be sure to replace myConnectionString with the value you previously obtained, and myQueueName with the name of the queue you created:

    dotnet BasicSendReceiveQuickStart.dll -ConnectionString "myConnectionString" -QueueName "myQueueName"
  7. Observe 10 messages being sent to the queue, and subsequently received from the queue:

    program output

Clean up resources

Run the following command to remove the resource group, namespace, and all related resources:

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name my-resourcegroup

Understand the sample code

This section contains more details about what the sample code does.

Get connection string and queue

The connection string and queue name are passed to the Main() method as command-line arguments. Main() declares two string variables to hold these values:

static void Main(string[] args)
    string ServiceBusConnectionString = "";
    string QueueName = "";

    for (int i = 0; i < args.Length; i++)
        var p = new Program();
        if (args[i] == "-ConnectionString")
            Console.WriteLine($"ConnectionString: {args[i+1]}");
            ServiceBusConnectionString = args[i + 1]; 
        else if(args[i] == "-QueueName")
            Console.WriteLine($"QueueName: {args[i+1]}");
            QueueName = args[i + 1];

    if (ServiceBusConnectionString != "" && QueueName != "")
        MainAsync(ServiceBusConnectionString, QueueName).GetAwaiter().GetResult();
        Console.WriteLine("Specify -Connectionstring and -QueueName to execute the example.");

The Main() method then starts the asynchronous message loop, MainAsync().

Message loop

The MainAsync() method creates a queue client with the command-line arguments, calls a receiving message handler named RegisterOnMessageHandlerAndReceiveMessages(), and sends the set of messages:

static async Task MainAsync(string ServiceBusConnectionString, string QueueName)
    const int numberOfMessages = 10;
    queueClient = new QueueClient(ServiceBusConnectionString, QueueName);

    Console.WriteLine("Press any key to exit after receiving all the messages.");

    // Register QueueClient's MessageHandler and receive messages in a loop

    // Send Messages
    await SendMessagesAsync(numberOfMessages);


    await queueClient.CloseAsync();

The RegisterOnMessageHandlerAndReceiveMessages() method simply sets a few message handler options, then calls the queue client's RegisterMessageHandler() method, which starts the receiving:

static void RegisterOnMessageHandlerAndReceiveMessages()
    // Configure the MessageHandler Options in terms of exception handling, number of concurrent messages to deliver etc.
    var messageHandlerOptions = new MessageHandlerOptions(ExceptionReceivedHandler)
        // Maximum number of Concurrent calls to the callback `ProcessMessagesAsync`, set to 1 for simplicity.
        // Set it according to how many messages the application wants to process in parallel.
        MaxConcurrentCalls = 1,

        // Indicates whether MessagePump should automatically complete the messages after returning from User Callback.
        // False below indicates the Complete will be handled by the User Callback as in `ProcessMessagesAsync` below.
        AutoComplete = false

    // Register the function that will process messages
    queueClient.RegisterMessageHandler(ProcessMessagesAsync, messageHandlerOptions);

Send messages

The message creation and send operations occur in the SendMessagesAsync() method:

static async Task SendMessagesAsync(int numberOfMessagesToSend)
        for (var i = 0; i < numberOfMessagesToSend; i++)
            // Create a new message to send to the queue
            string messageBody = $"Message {i}";
            var message = new Message(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(messageBody));

            // Write the body of the message to the console
            Console.WriteLine($"Sending message: {messageBody}");

            // Send the message to the queue
            await queueClient.SendAsync(message);
    catch (Exception exception)
        Console.WriteLine($"{DateTime.Now} :: Exception: {exception.Message}");

Process messages

The ProcessMessagesAsync() method acknowledges, processes, and completes the receipt of the messages:

static async Task ProcessMessagesAsync(Message message, CancellationToken token)
    // Process the message
    Console.WriteLine($"Received message: SequenceNumber:{message.SystemProperties.SequenceNumber} Body:{Encoding.UTF8.GetString(message.Body)}");

    // Complete the message so that it is not received again.
    await queueClient.CompleteAsync(message.SystemProperties.LockToken);


You can manage Service Bus resources with Service Bus Explorer. The Service Bus Explorer allows users to connect to a Service Bus namespace and administer messaging entities in an easy manner. The tool provides advanced features like import/export functionality or the ability to test topic, queues, subscriptions, relay services, notification hubs and events hubs.

Next steps

In this article, you created a Service Bus namespace and other resources required to send and receive messages from a queue. To learn more about writing code to send and receive messages, continue to the tutorials in the Send and receive messages section.