Utilize Blob Index tags (Preview) to manage and find data on Azure Blob storage

Blob Index tags categorize data in your storage account utilizing key-value tag attributes. These tags are automatically indexed and exposed as a queryable multi-dimensional index to easily find data. This article shows you how to set, get, and find data using blob index tags.

To learn more about the Blob Index, see Manage and find data on Azure Blob Storage with Blob Index (Preview).

Note

Blob Index is in public preview, and is available in the Canada Central, Canada East, France Central and France South regions. To learn more about this feature along with known issues and limitations, see Manage and find data on Azure Blob Storage with Blob Index (Preview).

Prerequisites

  • Subscription registered and approved for access to the Blob Index preview
  • Access to Azure portal

Upload a new blob with index tags

  1. In the Azure portal, select your storage account

  2. Navigate to the Containers option under Blob Service, select your container

  3. Select the Upload button to open the upload blade and browse your local file system to find a file to upload as a block blob.

  4. Expand the Advanced dropdown and go to the Blob Index Tags section

  5. Input the key/value blob index tags that you want applied to your data

  6. Select the Upload button to upload the blob

Upload data with blob index tags

Get, set, and update blob index tags

  1. In the Azure portal, select your storage account

  2. Navigate to the Containers option under Blob Service, select your container

  3. Select your desired blob from the list of blobs within the selected container

  4. The blob overview tab will display your blob's properties including any Blob Index Tags

  5. You can get, set, modify, or delete any of the key/value index tags for your blob

  6. Select the Save button to confirm any updates to your blob

Get, set, update, and delete blob index tags on objects

Filter and Find data with blob index tags

Within the Azure portal, the Blob Index tags filter automatically applies the @container parameter to scope your selected container. If you wish to filter and find tagged data across your entire storage account, please use our REST API, SDKs, or tools.

  1. In the Azure portal, select your storage account.

  2. Navigate to the Containers option under Blob Service, select your container

  3. Select the Blob Index tags filter button to filter within the selected container

  4. Enter a Blob Index tag key and tag value

  5. Select the Blob Index tags filter button to add additional tag filters (up to 10)

Filter and find tagged objects using blob index tags

Lifecycle management with blob index tag filters

  1. In the Azure portal, select your storage account.

  2. Navigate to the Lifecycle Management option under Blob Service

  3. Select Add rule and then fill out the Action set form fields

  4. Select Filter set to add optional filter for Prefix match and Blob Index match Add blob index tag filters for lifecycle management

  5. Select Review + add to review the rule settings Lifecycle management rule with blob index tags filter example

  6. Select Add to apply the new rule to the lifecycle management policy

Next steps

Learn more about Blob Index. See Manage and find data on Azure Blob Storage with Blob Index (Preview)

Learn more about Lifecycle Management. See Manage the Azure Blob storage lifecycle