Update Entity

The Update Entity operation updates an existing entity in a table. The Update Entity operation replaces the entire entity and can be used to remove properties.


The Update Entity request may be constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended. Replace myaccount with the name of your storage account, mytable with the name of your table, and myPartitionKey and myRowKey with the name of the partition key and row key identifying the entity to be updated:

Method Request URI HTTP Version
PUT https://myaccount.table.core.windows.net/mytable(PartitionKey='myPartitionKey', RowKey='myRowKey') HTTP/1.1

The address of the entity to be updated may take a number of forms on the request URI. See the OData Protocol for additional details.

Emulated Storage Service URI

When making a request against the emulated storage service, specify the emulator hostname and Table service port as, followed by the emulated storage account name:

Method Request URI HTTP Version
PUT'myPartitionKey', RowKey='myRowKey') HTTP/1.1

The Table service in the storage emulator differs from the Windows® Azure™ Table service in several ways. For more information, see Differences Between the Storage Emulator and Azure Storage Services.

URI Parameters

The following additional parameters may be specified on the request URI.

Parameter Description
timeout Optional. The timeout parameter is expressed in seconds. For more information, see Setting Timeouts for Table Service Operations.

Request Headers

The following table describes required and optional request headers.

Request header Description
Authorization Required. Specifies the authorization scheme, account name, and signature. For more information, see Authorize requests to Azure Storage.
Date or x-ms-date Required. Specifies the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) for the request. For more information, see Authorize requests to Azure Storage.
x-ms-version Optional. Specifies the version of the operation to use for this request. For more information, see Versioning for the Azure Storage Services.
Content-Type Required. Specifies the content type of the payload. Possible values are application/atom+xml and application/json.

For more information about valid content types, see Payload Format for Table Service Operations.
Content-Length Required. The length of the request body.
If-Match Required. The client may specify the ETag for the entity on the request in order to compare to the ETag maintained by the service for the purpose of optimistic concurrency. The update operation will be performed only if the ETag sent by the client matches the value maintained by the server, indicating that the entity has not been modified since it was retrieved by the client.

To force an unconditional update, set If-Match to the wildcard character (*).
x-ms-client-request-id Optional. Provides a client-generated, opaque value with a 1 KiB character limit that is recorded in the analytics logs when storage analytics logging is enabled. Using this header is highly recommended for correlating client-side activities with requests received by the server. For more information, see About Storage Analytics Logging and Azure Logging: Using Logs to Track Storage Requests.

Request Body

The Update Entity operation sends the entity to be updated as an OData entity set, which may be either a JSON or an Atom feed. For more information, see Inserting and Updating Entities.


JSON is the recommended payload format, and is the only format supported for versions 2015-12-11 and later.

Sample Request

JSON (versions 2013-08-15 and later)

This example shows a sample request URI, the associated request headers, and the request body for a JSON feed.

Request Headers:  
x-ms-version: 2015-12-11  
Accept-Charset: UTF-8  
Content-Type: application/json  
If-Match: *  
x-ms-date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:10:24 GMT  
Authorization: SharedKeyLite myaccount:u0sWZKmjBD1B7LY/CwXWCnHdqK4B1P4z8hKy9SVW49o=  
Content-Length: ###  
DataServiceVersion: 3.0;NetFx  
MaxDataServiceVersion: 3.0;NetFx  
   "Address":"Santa Clara",  

Atom Feed (versions prior to 2015-12-11)

This example shows a sample request URI, the associated request headers, and the request body for an Atom feed.

Request URI:  
Request Headers:  
x-ms-version: 2013-08-15  
Accept: application/atom+xml,application/xml  
Accept-Charset: UTF-8  
Content-Type: application/atom+xml  
If-Match: *  
x-ms-date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:10:24 GMT  
Authorization: SharedKeyLite myaccount:u0sWZKmjBD1B7LY/CwXWCnHdqK4B1P4z8hKy9SVW49o=  
Content-Length: ###  
DataServiceVersion: 1.0;NetFx  
MaxDataServiceVersion: 2.0;NetFx  
Request Body:  
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>  
<entry xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices" xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/metadata" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom">  
  <title />  
    <name />  
  <content type="application/xml">  
      <d:Address>Santa Clara</d:Address>  
      <d:Age m:type="Edm.Int32">23</d:Age>  
      <d:AmountDue m:type="Edm.Double">200.23</d:AmountDue>  
      <d:CustomerCode m:type="Edm.Guid">c9da6455-213d-42c9-9a79-3e9149a57833</d:CustomerCode>  
      <d:CustomerSince m:type="Edm.DateTime">2008-07-10T00:00:00Z</d:CustomerSince>  
      <d:IsActive m:type="Edm.Boolean">false</d:IsActive>  
      <d:NumOfOrders m:type="Edm.Int64">255</d:NumOfOrders>  


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

Status Code

A successful operation returns status code 204 (No Content).

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

Response Headers

The response includes the following headers. The response may also include additional standard HTTP headers. All standard headers conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol specification.

Response header Description
ETag The ETag for the entity.
x-ms-request-id This header uniquely identifies the request that was made and can be used for troubleshooting the request. For more information, see Troubleshooting API Operations.
x-ms-version Indicates the version of the Table service used to execute the request. This header is returned for requests made against version 2009-09-19 and later.
Date A UTC date/time value generated by the service that indicates the time at which the response was initiated.
x-ms-client-request-id This header can be used to troubleshoot requests and corresponding responses. The value of this header is equal to the value of the x-ms-client-request-id header if it is present in the request and the value is at most 1024 visible ASCII characters. If the x-ms-client-request-id header is not present in the request, this header will not be present in the response.

Response Body


Sample Response

Response Status:  
HTTP/1.1 204 No Content  
Response Headers:  
Connection: Keep-Alive  
x-ms-request-id: 2c085f8f-11a4-4e1d-bd49-82c6bd87649d  
Content-Length: 0  
Cache-Control: no-cache  
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:12:54 GMT  
ETag: W/"0x5B168C7B6E589D2"  
DataServiceVersion: 3.0;NetFx  
MaxDataServiceVersion: 3.0;NetFx  
Server: Windows-Azure-Table/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0  


This operation can be performed by the account owner and by anyone with a shared access signature that has permission to perform this operation.


When updating an entity, you must specify the PartitionKey and RowKey system properties as part of the update operation.

An entity's ETag provides default optimistic concurrency for update operations. The ETag value is opaque and should not be read or relied upon. Before an update operation occurs, the Table service verifies that the entity's current ETag value is identical to the ETag value included with the update request in the If-Match header. If the values are identical, the Table service determines that the entity has not been modified since it was retrieved, and the update operation proceeds.

If the entity's ETag differs from that specified with the update request, the update operation fails with status code 412 (Precondition Failed). This error indicates that the entity has been changed on the server since it was retrieved. To resolve this error, retrieve the entity again and reissue the request.

To force an unconditional update operation, set the value of the If-Match header to the wildcard character (*) on the request. Passing this value to the operation will override the default optimistic concurrency and ignore any mismatch in ETag values.

If the If-Match header is missing from the request in versions 2011-08-18 and later, then the service performs an Insert Or Replace Entity (upsert) operation. In versions prior to 2011-08-18, the service returns status code 400 (Bad Request).

The Table service does not persist null values for properties. Specifying a property with a null value is equivalent to omitting that property in the request.


You can take advantage of either behavior to remove a property from an entity.

To explicitly type a property, specify the appropriate OData data type by setting the m:type attribute within the property definition in the Atom feed. For more information about typing properties, see Inserting and Updating Entities.

Any application that can authorize and send an HTTP PUT request can update an entity.

For information about performing batch update operations, see Performing Entity Group Transactions.

See Also

Merge Entity
Authorize requests to Azure Storage
Setting the OData Data Service Version Headers
Status and Error Codes
Table Service Error Codes