List Shares

The List Shares operation returns a list of the shares and share snapshots under the specified account. While this API is fully supported, this is a legacy management API. We recommend using File Shares - List provided by the storage resource provider (Microsoft.Storage) instead. To learn more about programmatically interacting with FileShare resources using the storage resource provider, see Operations on FileShares.

Protocol availability

Enabled file share protocol Available


The List Shares request may be constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended.

Method Request URI HTTP version

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

Path component Description
myaccount The name of your storage account.

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

URI parameters

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

Parameter Description
prefix Optional. Filters the results to return only shares whose name begins with the specified prefix.
marker Optional. A string value that identifies the portion of the list to be returned with the next list operation. The operation returns a marker value within the response body if the list returned was not complete. The marker value may then be used in a subsequent call to request the next set of list items.

The marker value is opaque to the client.
maxresults Optional. Specifies the maximum number of shares to return. If the request does not specify maxresults, or specifies a value greater than 5,000, the server will return up to 5,000 items. If the parameter is set to a value less than or equal to zero, the server will return status code 400 (Bad Request).
include=metadata,snapshots,deleted Optional. Specifies one or more datasets to include in the response:

- snapshots: Version 2017-04-17 and newer. Specifies that share snapshots should be included in the response. Share Snapshots are listed from oldest to newest in the response.
- metadata: Specifies that share metadata should be returned in the response.
- deleted: Specifies that deleted file shares should be included in the response.

To specify more than one of these options on the URI, you must separate each option with a URL-encoded comma ("%82").

All metadata names must adhere to the naming conventions for C# identifiers.
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.
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 Monitoring Azure Blob storage.

Request body



The response includes an HTTP status code, a set of response headers, and a response body in XML format.

Status code

A successful operation returns status code 200 (OK).

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

Response headers

The response for this operation includes the following headers. The response also includes additional standard HTTP headers. All standard headers conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol specification.

Response header Description
Content-Type Standard HTTP/1.1 header. Specifies the format in which the results are returned. Currently, this value is application/xml.
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 File service used to execute the request.
Date or x-ms-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

The format of the response body is as follows.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>  
<EnumerationResults AccountName="">  
      <Snapshot>Date-Time Value</Snapshot>
        <DeletedTime>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 04:56:10 GMT</DeletedTime>  
        <AccessTierChangeTime>Mon, 24 Aug 2020 03:56:10 GMT</AccessTierChangeTime>
  • The EnabledProtocols element appears in the response body only in versions 2020-02-10 and later.
  • The RootSquash element appears in the response body only in versions 2020-02-10 and later when the enabled protocols contain NFS.
  • The Quota element appears in the response body only in versions 2015-02-21 and later.
  • The Version, Deleted, DeletedTime and RemainingRetentionDays elements appears in the response body only in versions 2019-12-12 and later.
  • The Prefix, Marker, and MaxResults elements are only present if they were specified on the URI. The NextMarker element has a value only if the list results are not complete.
  • The Metadata element is present only if the include=metadata parameter was specified on the URI. Within the Metadata element, the value of each name-value pair is listed within an element corresponding to the pair's name.
  • The Snapshots are included in the response only if theinclude=snapshots parameter was specified with the include parameter on the request URI.
  • The AccessTier element holds the tier of the share. If the share's tier has not been changed, this property will be the default tier TransactionOptimized on general purpose version 2 (GPv2) storage accounts and Premium on FileStorage storage accounts. Note that FileStorage storage accounts only support the Premium tier.
  • The AccessTierChangeTime element is present only if the access tier on the share is explicitly set.
  • The AccessTierTransitionState element is present only if the share is transitioning from one tier to another. It indicates the tier it is transitioning from.

Sample Response

See the Sample request and response section later in this topic.


Only the account owner may call this operation.


If you specify a value for the maxresults parameter and the number of shares to return exceeds this value, or exceeds the default value for maxresults, the response body will contain a NextMarker element that indicates the next share to return on a subsequent request. To return the next set of items, specify the value of NextMarker as the marker parameter on the URI for the subsequent request.

Note that the value of NextMarker should be treated as opaque.

Shares are listed in alphabetical order in the response body.

The List Shares operation times out after 30 seconds.

Sample request and response

The following sample URI requests the list of shares for an account, setting the maximum results to return for the initial operation to 3.

GET HTTP/1.1  

The request is sent with these headers:

x-ms-version: 2020-02-10  
x-ms-date: <date>  
Authorization: SharedKey myaccount:CY1OP3O3jGFpYFbTCBimLn0Xov0vt0khH/D5Gy0fXvg=  

The status code and response headers are returned as follows:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK  
Transfer-Encoding: chunked  
Content-Type: application/xml  
Date: <date>  
x-ms-version: 2020-02-10  
Server: Windows-Azure-File/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0  

The response XML for this request is as follows. Note that the NextMarker element follows the set of shares and includes the name of the next share to be returned.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>  
<EnumerationResults ServiceEndpoint="">  

The subsequent list operation specifies the marker on the request URI, as follows. The next set of results is returned beginning with the share specified by the marker.  

See also

File Service REST API