Azure Data Tables client library for Python - Version 12.1.0

Azure Data Tables is a NoSQL data storage service that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via authenticated calls using HTTP or HTTPS. Tables scales as needed to support the amount of data inserted, and allow for the storing of data with non-complex accessing. The Azure Data Tables client can be used to access Azure Storage or Cosmos accounts. This document covers azure-data-tables. If you're using azure-cosmosdb-tables, we recommend that you upgrade your code. See the migration guide for more details.

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Getting started

The Azure Data Tables SDK can access an Azure Storage or CosmosDB account.


Create account

Install the package

Install the Azure Data Tables client library for Python with pip:

pip install azure-data-tables

Create the client

The Azure Data Tables library allows you to interact with two types of resources:

  • the tables in your account
  • the entities within those tables. Interaction with these resources starts with an instance of a client. To create a client object, you will need the account's table service endpoint URL and a credential that allows you to access the account. The endpoint can be found on the page for your storage account in the Azure Portal under the "Access Keys" section or by running the following Azure CLI command:
# Get the table service URL for the account
az storage account show -n mystorageaccount -g MyResourceGroup --query "primaryEndpoints.table"

Once you have the account URL, it can be used to create the service client:

from import TableServiceClient
service = TableServiceClient(endpoint="https://<my_account_name>", credential=credential)

For more information about table service URL's and how to configure custom domain names for Azure Storage check out the official documentation

Types of credentials

The credential parameter may be provided in a number of different forms, depending on the type of authorization you wish to use. The Tables library supports the following authorizations:

  • Shared Key
  • Connection String
  • Shared Access Signature Token
Creating the client from a shared key

To use an account shared key (aka account key or access key), provide the key as a string. This can be found in your storage account in the Azure Portal under the "Access Keys" section or by running the following Azure CLI command:

az storage account keys list -g MyResourceGroup -n MyStorageAccount

Use the key as the credential parameter to authenticate the client:

from azure.core.credentials import AzureNamedKeyCredential
from import TableServiceClient

credential = AzureNamedKeyCredential("my_account_name", "my_access_key")

service = TableServiceClient(endpoint="https://<my_account_name>", credential=credential)
Creating the client from a connection string

Depending on your use case and authorization method, you may prefer to initialize a client instance with a connection string instead of providing the account URL and credential separately. To do this, pass the connection string to the client's from_connection_string class method. The connection string can be found in your storage account in the Azure Portal under the "Access Keys" section or with the following Azure CLI command:

az storage account show-connection-string -g MyResourceGroup -n MyStorageAccount
from import TableServiceClient
connection_string = "DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=<my_account_name>;AccountKey=<my_account_key>;"
service = TableServiceClient.from_connection_string(conn_str=connection_string)
Creating the client from a SAS token

To use a shared access signature (SAS) token, provide the token as a string. If your account URL includes the SAS token, omit the credential parameter. You can generate a SAS token from the Azure Portal under Shared access signature or use one of the generate_*_sas() functions to create a sas token for the account or table:

from datetime import datetime, timedelta
from import TableServiceClient, generate_account_sas, ResourceTypes, AccountSasPermissions
from azure.core.credentials import AzureNamedKeyCredential, AzureSasCredential

credential = AzureNamedKeyCredential("my_account_name", "my_access_key")
sas_token = generate_account_sas(
    expiry=datetime.utcnow() + timedelta(hours=1),

table_service_client = TableServiceClient(endpoint="https://<my_account_name>", credential=AzureSasCredential(sas_token))

Key concepts

Common uses of the Table service included:

  • Storing TBs of structured data capable of serving web scale applications
  • Storing datasets that do not require complex joins, foreign keys, or stored procedures and can be de-normalized for fast access
  • Quickly querying data using a clustered index
  • Accessing data using the OData protocol and LINQ filter expressions

The following components make up the Azure Data Tables Service:

  • The account
  • A table within the account, which contains a set of entities
  • An entity within a table, as a dictionary

The Azure Data Tables client library for Python allows you to interact with each of these components through the use of a dedicated client object.


Two different clients are provided to interact with the various components of the Table Service:

  1. TableServiceClient -
    • Get and set account setting
    • Query, create, and delete tables within the account.
    • Get a TableClient to access a specific table using the get_table_client method.
  2. TableClient -
    • Interacts with a specific table (which need not exist yet).
    • Create, delete, query, and upsert entities within the specified table.
    • Create or delete the specified table itself.


Entities are similar to rows. An entity has a PartitionKey, a RowKey, and a set of properties. A property is a name value pair, similar to a column. Every entity in a table does not need to have the same properties. Entities can be represented as dictionaries like this as an example:

entity = {
    'PartitionKey': 'color',
    'RowKey': 'brand',
    'text': 'Marker',
    'color': 'Purple',
    'price': '5'
  • create_entity - Add an entity to the table.
  • delete_entity - Delete an entity from the table.
  • update_entity - Update an entity's information by either merging or replacing the existing entity.
    • UpdateMode.MERGE will add new properties to an existing entity it will not delete an existing properties
    • UpdateMode.REPLACE will replace the existing entity with the given one, deleting any existing properties not included in the submitted entity
  • query_entities - Query existing entities in a table using OData filters.
  • get_entity - Get a specific entity from a table by partition and row key.
  • upsert_entity - Merge or replace an entity in a table, or if the entity does not exist, inserts the entity.
    • UpdateMode.MERGE will add new properties to an existing entity it will not delete an existing properties
    • UpdateMode.REPLACE will replace the existing entity with the given one, deleting any existing properties not included in the submitted entity


The following sections provide several code snippets covering some of the most common Table tasks, including:

Creating a table

Create a table in your account and get a TableClient to perform operations on the newly created table:

from import TableServiceClient
table_service_client = TableServiceClient.from_connection_string(conn_str="<connection_string>")
table_name = "myTable"
table_client = table_service_client.create_table(table_name=table_name)

Creating entities

Create entities in the table:

from import TableServiceClient
from datetime import datetime

PRODUCT_ID = u'001234'
PRODUCT_NAME = u'RedMarker'

my_entity = {
    u'PartitionKey': PRODUCT_NAME,
    u'RowKey': PRODUCT_ID,
    u'Stock': 15,
    u'Price': 9.99,
    u'Comments': u"great product",
    u'OnSale': True,
    u'ReducedPrice': 7.99,
    u'PurchaseDate': datetime(1973, 10, 4),
    u'BinaryRepresentation': b'product_name'

table_service_client = TableServiceClient.from_connection_string(conn_str="<connection_string>")
table_client = table_service_client.get_table_client(table_name="myTable")

entity = table_client.create_entity(entity=my_entity)

Querying entities

Querying entities in the table:

from import TableClient
my_filter = "PartitionKey eq 'RedMarker'"
table_client = TableClient.from_connection_string(conn_str="<connection_string>", table_name="mytable")
entities = table_client.query_entities(my_filter)
for entity in entities:
    for key in entity.keys():
        print("Key: {}, Value: {}".format(key, entity[key]))

Optional Configuration

Optional keyword arguments can be passed in at the client and per-operation level. The azure-core reference documentation describes available configurations for retries, logging, transport protocols, and more.

Retry Policy configuration

Use the following keyword arguments when instantiating a client to configure the retry policy:

  • retry_total (int): Total number of retries to allow. Takes precedence over other counts. Pass in retry_total=0 if you do not want to retry on requests. Defaults to 10.
  • retry_connect (int): How many connection-related errors to retry on. Defaults to 3.
  • retry_read (int): How many times to retry on read errors. Defaults to 3.
  • retry_status (int): How many times to retry on bad status codes. Defaults to 3.
  • retry_to_secondary (bool): Whether the request should be retried to secondary, if able. This should only be enabled of RA-GRS accounts are used and potentially stale data can be handled. Defaults to False.

Other client / per-operation configuration

Other optional configuration keyword arguments that can be specified on the client or per-operation.

Client keyword arguments:

  • connection_timeout (int): Optionally sets the connect and read timeout value, in seconds.
  • transport (Any): User-provided transport to send the HTTP request.

Per-operation keyword arguments:

  • raw_response_hook (callable): The given callback uses the response returned from the service.
  • raw_request_hook (callable): The given callback uses the request before being sent to service.
  • client_request_id (str): Optional user specified identification of the request.
  • user_agent (str): Appends the custom value to the user-agent header to be sent with the request.
  • logging_enable (bool): Enables logging at the DEBUG level. Defaults to False. Can also be passed in at the client level to enable it for all requests.
  • headers (dict): Pass in custom headers as key, value pairs. E.g. headers={'CustomValue': value}



Azure Data Tables clients raise exceptions defined in Azure Core. When you interact with the Azure table library using the Python SDK, errors returned by the service respond ot the same HTTP status codes for REST API requests. The Table service operations will throw a HttpResponseError on failure with helpful error codes.

For examples, if you try to create a table that already exists, a 409 error is returned indicating "Conflict".

from import TableServiceClient
from azure.core.exceptions import HttpResponseError
table_name = 'YourTableName'

service_client = TableServiceClient.from_connection_string(connection_string)

# Create the table if it does not already exist
tc = service_client.create_table_if_not_exists(table_name)

except HttpResponseError:
    print("Table with name {} already exists".format(table_name))


This library uses the standard logging library for logging. Basic information about HTTP sessions (URLs, headers, etc.) is logged at INFO level.

Detailed DEBUG level logging, including request/response bodies and unredacted headers, can be enabled on a client with the logging_enable argument:

import sys
import logging
from import TableServiceClient
# Create a logger for the 'azure' SDK
logger = logging.getLogger('azure')

# Configure a console output
handler = logging.StreamHandler(stream=sys.stdout)

# This client will log detailed information about its HTTP sessions, at DEBUG level
service_client = TableServiceClient.from_connection_string("your_connection_string", logging_enable=True)

Similarly, logging_enable can enable detailed logging for a single operation, even when it is not enabled for the client:

service_client.create_entity(entity=my_entity, logging_enable=True)

Next steps

Get started with our Table samples.

Several Azure Data Tables Python SDK samples are available to you in the SDK's GitHub repository. These samples provide example code for additional scenarios commonly encountered while working with Tables.

Common Scenarios

These code samples show common scenario operations with the Azure Data tables client library. The async versions of the samples (the python sample files appended with _async) show asynchronous operations with Tables and require Python 3.5 or later.

Additional documentation

For more extensive documentation on Azure Data Tables, see the Azure Data Tables documentation on

Known Issues

A list of currently known issues relating to Cosmos DB table endpoints can be found here.


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