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CloudBlobClient.ListBlobsWithPrefixSegmented Method (String, Int32, ResultContinuation, BlobRequestOptions)

Updated: April 24, 2011

[This topic is part of the Microsoft Azure Storage Client Library 1.7, which has been deprecated. See Storage Client Library for the latest version.]

Returns a result segment containing a collection of blob items whose names begin with the specified prefix, using a conditional request based on the BlobRequestOptions that you specify. Use this overload when you want to control the maximum number of results returned at a time, and when you want to use a continuation token to determine whether there are more results to return from the service after the current page completes.

Namespace: Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient
Assembly: Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient (in Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient.dll)

Dim instance As CloudBlobClient
Dim prefix As String
Dim maxResults As Integer
Dim continuationToken As ResultContinuation
Dim options As BlobRequestOptions
Dim returnValue As ResultSegment(Of IListBlobItem)

returnValue = instance.ListBlobsWithPrefixSegmented(prefix, maxResults, continuationToken, options)

public ResultSegment<IListBlobItem> ListBlobsWithPrefixSegmented (
	string prefix,
	int maxResults,
	ResultContinuation continuationToken,
	BlobRequestOptions options



Type: System.String

The blob name prefix. This value must be preceded by the name of the container.


Type: System.Int32

A non-negative integer value that indicates the maximum number of results to be returned at a time, up to the per-operation limit of 5000.


Type: Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient.ResultContinuation

A continuation token returned by a previous listing operation.


Type: Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient.BlobRequestOptions

An object that specifies any additional options for the request.

Return Value

Type: Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient.ResultSegment

A result segment containing objects that implement IListBlobItem.

The following code example returns blobs in segments, using a flat listing.

static void ListBlobsInSegments(Uri blobEndpoint, string accountName, string accountKey)
    //Create service client for credentialed access to the Blob service.
    CloudBlobClient blobClient = 
        new CloudBlobClient(blobEndpoint, new StorageCredentialsAccountAndKey(accountName, accountKey));

    //Return blobs using a flat listing.
    BlobRequestOptions options = new BlobRequestOptions();
    options.UseFlatBlobListing = true;

    //List blobs in container 'lotsofblobs' beginning with prefix '0', using a flat listing.
    //This first operation will return up to 5000 blobs.
    ResultSegment<IListBlobItem> resultSegment = blobClient.ListBlobsWithPrefixSegmented("lotsofblobs/0", options); 
    foreach (var blobItem in resultSegment.Results)

    ResultContinuation continuationToken = resultSegment.ContinuationToken;

    //Check whether there are more results.
    while (continuationToken != null)
        resultSegment = resultSegment.GetNext();
        foreach (var blobItem in resultSegment.Results)
        continuationToken = resultSegment.ContinuationToken;

The ListBlobsWithPrefixSegmented method lists blobs in pages. A page is set of results of a specified size; it is represented by the ResultSegment class. By returning blobs in pages, you can control the number of blobs returned per operation. This may be useful if, for example, you are displaying a web page with some predefined number of blobs on it.

To specify the page size to return, pass in a non-zero value for the maxResults parameter. Passing in zero for the maxResults parameter returns either the maximum number of results available, or the per-operation limit of 5000 results.

If you have specified a page size, you can check the HasMoreResults property to check whether the page is complete. If HasMoreResults is true, the complete page has not been returned for some reason. Call GetNext to return the remaining results in the page.

Note that if you have not specified a page size, HasMoreResults will always be false.

Check the value of the ContinuationToken property to determine whether there are more results to return from the service after the page is complete. The continuation token is non-null as long as there are more results to return from the service. If the page is complete, then HasMoreResults will be false, but if the continuation token is non-null, there are additional results to return beyond that page.

Call the GetNext method to return the next segment of results from the service.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Development Platforms

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012


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