List Shares


Updated: June 29, 2016

The List Shares operation returns a list of the shares under the specified account.

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


Request URI

HTTP Version



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

Path Component



The name of your storage account.

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

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




Optional. Filters the results to return only shares whose name begins with the specified prefix.


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.


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).


Optional. Include this parameter to return the metadata of the share as part of the response body.

All metadata names must adhere to the naming conventions for C# identifiers.


Optional. The timeout parameter is expressed in seconds. For more information, see Setting Timeouts for File Service Operations.

The following table describes required and optional request headers.

Request Header



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.


Required for all authenticated requests. Specifies the version of the operation to use for this request. For more information, see Versioning for the Azure Storage Services.

See the Sample Request and Response section later in this topic.

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

A successful operation returns status code 200 (OK).

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

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



Standard HTTP/1.1 header. Specifies the format in which the results are returned. Currently, this value is application/xml.


This header uniquely identifies the request that was made and can be used for troubleshooting the request. For more information, see Troubleshooting API Operations.


Indicates the version of the File service used to execute the request.


A UTC date/time value generated by the service that indicates the time at which the response was initiated.

The format of the response body is as follows.

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

The Quota element appears in the response body only in versions 2015-02-21 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.

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.

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


The request is sent with these headers:

x-ms-version: 2015-02-21
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: 2015-02-21
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.