How to use PowerShell to manage Azure File storage

You can use Azure PowerShell to create and manage file shares.

Install the PowerShell cmdlets for Azure Storage

To prepare to use PowerShell, download and install the Azure PowerShell cmdlets. See How to install and configure Azure PowerShell for the install point and installation instructions.


It's recommended that you download and install or upgrade to the latest Azure PowerShell module.

Open an Azure PowerShell window by clicking Start and typing Windows PowerShell. The PowerShell window loads the Azure Powershell module for you.

Create a context for your storage account and key

Create the storage account context. The context encapsulates the storage account name and account key. For instructions on copying your account key from the Azure portal, see View and copy storage access keys.

Replace storage-account-name and storage-account-key with your storage account name and key in the following example.

# create a context for account and key
$ctx=New-AzureStorageContext storage-account-name storage-account-key

Create a new file share

Create the new share, named logs.

# create a new share
$s = New-AzureStorageShare logs -Context $ctx

You now have a file share in File storage. Next we'll add a directory and a file.


The name of your file share must be all lowercase. For complete details about naming file shares and files, see Naming and Referencing Shares, Directories, Files, and Metadata.

Create a directory in the file share

Create a directory in the share. In the following example, the directory is named CustomLogs.

# create a directory in the share
New-AzureStorageDirectory -Share $s -Path CustomLogs

Upload a local file to the directory

Now upload a local file to the directory. The following example uploads a file from C:\temp\Log1.txt. Edit the file path so that it points to a valid file on your local machine.

# upload a local file to the new directory
Set-AzureStorageFileContent -Share $s -Source C:\temp\Log1.txt -Path CustomLogs

List the files in the directory

To see the file in the directory, you can list all of the directory's files. This command returns the files and subdirectories (if there are any) in the CustomLogs directory.

# list files in the new directory
Get-AzureStorageFile -Share $s -Path CustomLogs | Get-AzureStorageFile

Get-AzureStorageFile returns a list of files and directories for whatever directory object is passed in. "Get-AzureStorageFile -Share $s" returns a list of files and directories in the root directory. To get a list of files in a subdirectory, you have to pass the subdirectory to Get-AzureStorageFile. That's what this does -- the first part of the command up to the pipe returns a directory instance of the subdirectory CustomLogs. Then that is passed into Get-AzureStorageFile, which returns the files and directories in CustomLogs.

Copy files

Beginning with version 0.9.7 of Azure PowerShell, you can copy a file to another file, a file to a blob, or a blob to a file. Below we demonstrate how to perform these copy operations using PowerShell cmdlets.

# copy a file to the new directory
Start-AzureStorageFileCopy -SrcShareName srcshare -SrcFilePath srcdir/hello.txt -DestShareName destshare -DestFilePath destdir/hellocopy.txt -Context $srcCtx -DestContext $destCtx

# copy a blob to a file directory
Start-AzureStorageFileCopy -SrcContainerName srcctn -SrcBlobName hello2.txt -DestShareName hello -DestFilePath hellodir/hello2copy.txt -DestContext $ctx -Context $ctx

Next steps

See these links for more information about Azure File storage.