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Get Container Metadata


Updated: August 4, 2015

The Get Container Metadata operation returns all user-defined metadata for the container.

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


Request URI

HTTP Version



Emulated Storage Service URI

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.

URI Parameters

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.

Request Headers

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 Metadata 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, error code 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.

Request Body


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

Status Code

A successful operation returns status code 200 (OK).

For information about status codes, see Status and 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.




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.


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 Blob service used to execute the request. This header is returned for requests made against version 2009-09-19 and above.

This header is 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 Body


Sample Response

Response Status:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Response Headers:
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
x-ms-meta-AppName: StorageSample
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:43:08 GMT
ETag: "0x8CAFB82EFF70C46"
Last-Modified: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 19:42:18 GMT
x-ms-version: 2011-08-18
Server: Windows-Azure-Blob/1.0 Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0

Only the account owner may call this operation.

This operation returns only user-defined metadata on the container. To return system properties as well, call Get Container Properties.

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