Update Queue

Updates the queue description and sends the updates status to the FE/BE to update corresponding DB entries.


Method Request URI HTTP version
PUT https://management.core.windows.net/{subscription ID}/services/ServiceBus/Namespaces/{Namespace}/Queues/{Queue Path} HTTP/1.1

Request Headers

The following table describes required and optional request headers.

Request Header Description
Content-Type application/xml;type=entry;charset=utf-8
If-Match *
x-ms-version 2012-03-01

Note that the request also requires a client certificate. This certificate must match the certificate you uploaded for that particular subscription.

Request Body

The following table describes the key elements of the request body. These are the only properties that you can update. The body must include the full queue description, even if you are only changing one property. The recommended flow is as follows:

  1. Get queue description.

  2. Update the required elements.

  3. Pass in the updated description.

Property Name Type Description
DefaultMessageTimeToLive XML Datetime Based on whether dead lettering is enabled, if a message has been stored in the queue for more than the specified time, it is automatically moved to the dead-letter queue, or deleted. This value is overwritten by a TTL specified on the message if the message TTL is smaller than the TTL set on the queue. This value is immutable after the queue has been created:

- Range: 1 second – 14 days.

- Default: 14 days.
LockDuration XML Datetime This setting determines the amount of time in seconds for which a message should be locked for processing by a receiver. After this period, the message is unlocked and available for consumption by the next receiver. Settable only at queue creation time:

- Range: 0–5 min. 0 means that the message is not locked.

- Default: 30 seconds.
EnableDeadLetteringOnMessageExpiration Boolean Settable only at queue creation time.

- Default: False.

This field governs how Service Bus handles a message with an expired TTL. If true and a message expires, Service Bus moves the message from the queue into the queue’s dead-letter subqueue. If false, the message is permanently deleted from the queue.
DuplicateDetectionHistoryTimeWindow Time Span A property that specifies the time span during which Service Bus detects message duplication.

- Range: 1 second–7 days.

- Default: 10 minutes.
MaxDeliveryCount Unsigned Integer The maximum number of times Service Bus will try to deliver a message before being dead-lettered or discarded. The default is 10.


The response includes an HTTP status code and a set of response headers.

Response Codes


If you create a queue with a name that contains special or encoded characters (for example, "test?Name=value&", which gets encoded to "test%3FName%3Dvalue%26"), a (401) Unauthorized exception will be generated.

Code Description
200 Successfully updated queue description.
401 Authorization failure.
404 Entity does not exist under this namespace.
500 Internal error.

For information about status codes, see Status and Error Codes.

Response Headers


Response Body