Query Tables

11/11/2016 4 min to read Contributors
  • Tamra Myers
  • sankethka

The Query Tables operation returns a list of tables under the specified account.


The Query Tables request may be constructed as follows. HTTPS is recommended. Replace myaccount with the name of your storage account:

Method Request URI HTTP Version
GET https://myaccount.table.core.windows.net/Tables HTTP/1.1

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

The Table service in the emulated storage service 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 Query Tables operation supports the query options defined by the OData Protocol Specification. For more information, see OData Protocol.

Request Headers

The following table describes required and optional request headers.

Request header Description
Authorization Required. Specifies the authentication scheme, account name, and signature. For more information, see Authentication for the Azure Storage Services.
Date or x-ms-date Required. Specifies the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) for the request. For more information, see Authentication for the Azure Storage Services.
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.
Accept Optional. Specifies the accepted content type of the response payload. Possible values are:

- application/atom+xml (versions prior to 2015-12-11 only)
- application/json;odata=nometadata
- application/json;odata=minimalmetadata
- application/json;odata=fullmetadata

For more information, see Payload Format for Table Service Operations.
x-ms-client-request-id Optional. Provides a client-generated, opaque value with a 1 KB 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 Windows Azure Logging: Using Logs to Track Storage Requests.

Request Body



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

Status Code

A successful operation returns status code 200 (OK).

For information about status codes, see Status and Error Codes and Table Service 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
x-ms-continuation-NextTableName If the number of tables to be returned exceeds 1,000 or the query does not complete within the timeout interval, the response header includes the x-ms-continuation-NextTableName continuation header. This header returns the continuation token value. For more information about using the continuation token, see Query Timeout and Pagination.
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.
Content-Type Indicates the content type of the payload. Value depends on the request Accept header. Possible values are:

- application/atom+xml
- application/json;odata=nometadata
- application/json;odata=minimalmetadata
- application/json;odata=fullmetadata

For more formation about valid content types, see Payload Format for Table Service Operations.

Response Body

The Query Tables operation returns the list of tables in the account as an OData entity set. According to the value of the Accept header, the content is either JSON or an Atom feed.


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

JSON (versions 2013-08-15 and later)

Here is a sample JSON response body for the Query Tables operations.

Full Metadata


Minimal Metadata


No Metadata


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

Here is a sample Atom response body for the Query Tables operation.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?>  
<feed xml:base="https://myaccount.table.core.windows.net/" 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 type="text">Tables</title>  
  <link rel="self" title="Tables" href="Tables" />  
    <title type="text"></title>  
      <name />  
    <link rel="edit" title="Tables" href="Tables('mytable')" />  
    <category term="myaccount.Tables" scheme="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/scheme" />  
    <content type="application/xml">  


Only the account owner may call this operation.


A query against the Table service may return a maximum of 1,000 tables at one time and may execute for a maximum of five seconds. If the result set contains more than 1,000 tables, if the query did not complete within five seconds, or if the query crosses the partition boundary, the response includes a custom header containing the x-ms-continuation-NextTableName continuation token. The continuation token may be used to construct a subsequent request for the next page of data. For more information about continuation tokens, see Query Timeout and Pagination.


When making subsequent requests that include continuation tokens, be sure to pass the original URI on the request. For example, if you have specified a $filter, $select, or $top query option as part of the original request, you will want to include that option on subsequent requests. Otherwise your subsequent requests may return unexpected results.

Note that the $top query option in this case specifies the maximum number of results per page, not the maximum number of results in the whole response set.

See Querying Tables and Entities for more details.

Note that the total time allotted to the request for scheduling and processing the query is 30 seconds, including the five seconds for query execution.

For more information about supported query operations against the Table service through LINQ, see Query Operators Supported for the Table Service and Writing LINQ Queries Against the Table Service.

See Also

Addressing Table Service Resources
Authentication for the Azure Storage Services
Setting the OData Data Service Version Headers
Status and Error Codes
Table Service Error Codes