Azure File Storage Download

If you have an Azure account and you want to download files out of azure storage either individually or a whole folder. This script is about how I was able to do this with Powershell.

First we need to login to azure and get a storage context.  The StorageContext will require a key.

Add-AzureRmAccount -credential (get-credential) -tenantid yourid

$key = (get-azurermstorageAccountkey -resourcegroupname myresourcegroup -name mystorageaccountName | where-object{$Psitem.keyname -eq 'key1'}).value

$storageContext = New-AzureStorageContext -StorageAccountName "mystorage" -StorageAccountKey $key

Now that we have the storage context and key. Now we need to find the files that are in our AZURE File storage.

$content = get-azurestoragefile -storageaccountname "mystorage" -storageAccountkey $key

If we look at the contents of our $content variable we should see something similar to this:


Now that we have the content in a variable now we can begin the process of figuring out how to download each file. To start with to download a single file we need to use get-azureStorageFileContent 

$content = get-azurestoragefile -storageaccountname "mystorage" `

-storageAccountkey $key

get-azurestoragefilecontent -sharename "myshare" -path $content[0].uri.localpath `

-replace "$($content[0]",'' -destination "c:\temp\" -context $storageContext

After much trial and error I found that in the object you get back from Azure there are two different Object types that you must check for:


and the other type is:


By the class names you can see that one is a file and the other is a Directory.  With that in mind now I can put this in a function that recursively calls itself to get all the contents.

function Get-AzureFiles
param([string]$shareName = 'mystorage', [object]$storageContext, [string]$downloadFolder, [string]$path)
$content = get-azurestoragefile -sharename $sharename -Context $storagecontext -path $path| Get-AzureStorageFile

foreach($c in $content)
$Parentfolder = $c.uri.segments[($c.uri.segments.count -2)] -replace '/','\'

if(!(test-path $destination))
{mkdir $destination}
$p = $c.uri.LocalPath -replace "$($" ,''
if(Get-AzureStorageFile -ShareName $ -path $p -Context $storageContext )
if($ -is [Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.File.FileDirectoryProperties])
$d = [Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.File.CloudFileDirectory]::new($c.uri.AbsoluteUri)
#Get-AzureStorageFileContent -directory $d -ShareName $ -Destination "$destination$($" -Context $storageContext #-Path $p
$path = $d.Uri.LocalPath -replace "/$sharename/" , ""
$dest = $path -replace '/','\'
"$($ is a directory -- getting $downloadfolder\$dest files"
{mkdir "$downloadfolder\$dest"}
Get-AzureFiles -shareName $shareName -storageContext $storageContext -path $path -downloadFolder "$downloadFolder\$dest"
elseif($c -is [Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.File.CloudFile])
Write-Output "downloading --- $destination$($"
$destination = (($c.Uri.LocalPath -replace "/$sharename/" , "") -replace '/','\')
$dest = "$downloadFolder\$destination"
$de = $dest -replace $, ""
if(!(test-path $de))
mkdir $de
if(!(test-path $dest))
{Get-AzureStorageFileContent -ShareName $ -Path $p -Destination $dest -Context $storageContext }# -WhatIf}
Write-Output "already downloaded --- $dest"

Now if we call the function with we’ll get a downloaded copy of all the folders from the location that you specify in azure to your local host:

get-AzureFiles -sharename “myShare” -storageContext $storageContext -downloadfolder “C:\temp\azurefiles”

There you go now you have your files in a directory from azure. Stay tuned for my next article where I’ll show you how to upload these same files to an Azure application (kudu).

I hope this helps someone
Until then keep Scripting


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