Get File Metadata

The Get File Metadata operation returns all user-defined metadata for the specified file.


The Get File Metadata request is constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended.

Method Request URI HTTP Version
GET<DateTime> HTTP/1.1

Replace the path components shown in the request URI with your own, as follows:

Path Component Description
myaccount The name of your storage account.
myshare The name of your file share.
mydirectorypath Optional. The path to the directory.
myfile The name of the file.

For details on path naming restrictions, see Naming and Referencing Shares, Directories, Files, and Metadata.

URI Parameters

The following additional parameters can be specified in the request URI.

Parameter Description
sharesnapshot Optional. Version 2017-04-17 and newer. The sharesnapshot parameter is an opaque DateTime value that, when present, specifies the share snapshot to query for the file metadata.
timeout Optional. The timeout parameter is expressed in seconds. For more information, see Setting Timeouts for File 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 Required for all authorized requests. Specifies the version of the operation to use for this request. For more information, see Versioning for the Azure Storage Services.

Request Body



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

Status Code

A successful operation returns status code 202 (Accepted).

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

Response Headers

The response for this operation 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
Last-Modified Returns the date and time the file was last modified. The date format follows RFC 1123. For more information, see Representation of Date-Time Values in Headers. Any operation that modifies the file or its properties updates the last modified time.
x-ms-meta-name:value A set of name-value pairs that contain metadata for the file.
x-ms-type: <File> Returns File and is reserved for future use.
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.
ETag The ETag contains a value that you can use to perform operations conditionally, in quotes.
x-ms-version Indicates the version of the File service used to execute the request.
Date A UTC date/time value generated by the service that indicates the time at which the response was initiated.

Response Body


Sample Response

Response Status:  
HTTP/1.1 200 OK  
Response Headers:  
x-ms-type: File  
x-ms-meta-m1: v1  
x-ms-meta-m2: v2  
Date: <date>  
ETag: "0x8CB171DBEAD6A6B"  
Last-Modified: <date>  
x-ms-version: 2015-02-21  
Server: Windows-Azure-File/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0  


Only the account owner may call this operation.

See also

Operations on Files