Get Container Properties


Updated: June 29, 2016

The Get Container Properties operation returns all user-defined metadata and system properties for the specified container. The data returned does not include the container's list of blobs.

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


Request URI

HTTP Version



When making a request against the emulated storage service, specify the emulator hostname and Blob service port as, followed by the emulated storage account name:


Request URI

HTTP Version



For more information, see Using the Azure Storage Emulator for Development and Testing.

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




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

x-ms-lease-id: <ID>

Optional, version 2012-02-12 and newer. If specified, Get Container Properties only succeeds if the container’s lease is active and matches this ID. If there is no active lease or the ID does not match, 412 (Precondition Failed) is returned.


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


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 Azure Logging: Using Logs to Track Storage Requests.

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

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 may also include additional standard HTTP headers. All standard headers conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol specification.

Response header



Returns a string containing a name/value pair associated with the container as metadata.


The entity tag for the container. If the request version is 2011-08-18 or newer, the ETag value will be in quotes.


Returns the date and time the container was last modified. The date format follows RFC 1123. For more information, see Representation of Date/Time Values in Headers.

Any operation that modifies the container or its properties or metadata updates the last modified time. Operations on blobs do not affect the last modified time of the container.

x-ms-lease-status: <locked | unlocked>

Version 2012-02-12 and newer. The lease status of the container.

x-ms-lease-state: <available | leased | expired | breaking | broken>

Version 2012-02-12 and newer. Lease state of the container.

x-ms-lease-duration: <infinite | fixed >

Version 2012-02-12 and newer, only when the container is leased. Specifies whether the lease on a container is of infinite or fixed duration.


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


Version 2009-09-19 and newer. Indicates the version of the Blob service used to execute the request.

Also returned for anonymous requests without a version specified if the container was marked for public access using the 2009-09-19 version of the Blob service.


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

Response Status:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Response Headers:
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
x-ms-meta-Name: StorageSample
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:43:08 GMT
ETag: "0x8CAFB82EFF70C46"
Last-Modified: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:42:18 GMT
x-ms-version: 2011-08-18
Server: Windows-Azure-Blob/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0

If the container's access control list (ACL) is set to allow anonymous access to the container, any client may call this operation. If the container is private, this operation can be performed by the account owner.