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azure-blob-util

A lightweight utility to list, copy, and delete blobs from Azure storage

Introduction

Microsoft provides Azure Storage Explorer to perform various operations. It is a great tool, however, it is still an interactive tool. AzCopy is a yet another utility from Microsoft. AzCopy is a batch utility and runs very fast. Azure-blob-util is a hybrid of Azure Storage Explorer and AzCopy.

Using this command line tool, you can list, delete, download, or copy blobs. The copy function copies blobs from one storage location to the other.

Requirements

Windows platform with .Net 4.6.1 or above installed.

Usage

If you just want to use the utility, download the distribution folder's contents. Run abu.exe from the command or powershell prompt.

Help

To get the command line options:
abu
abu -?

The utility works with pattern or pattern file. Use the pattern file when multiple patterns are involved. The pattern file can be located in any folder. Make sure to specify the fully qualified pattern file name if it is not in the current working folder.
Note that the Azure blobs are case sensitive.

List blobs

Update the abu.exe.config file with the storage location you want to list.
Update the two keys, storageConnectionString and storageContainer.
Example:

<appSettings>
    <add key="storageConnectionString" value="DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=mystorageaccount;AccountKey=shgdgdhhd77djjdjd99odkkddpuususususd9d9d9dsomelongkey==;" />
    <add key="storageContainer" value="mycontainer" />

The following commands will list all blobs in the specified container:
abu -l or
abu -list

The following commands will list all blobs in the specified container, which start with temp:
abu -l temp or
abu -list temp

Make a text file, mylist.txt and enter a few patterns.
temp
chrome

The following commands will list all blobs in the specified container, which start with temp and chrome:
abu -lf mylist.txt or
abu -listfile mylist.txt

The following commands will list all blobs and their sizes in the specified container, which start with temp and chrome:
abu -lfs mylist.txt or
abu -listfilesize mylist.txt

You can dump the blob listing to another file by redirecting the output:
abu -lf mylist.txt > myoutfile.txt
This is particularly useful when you want to delete some blobs.

Delete blobs

Make sure the storage location is correct in the bu.exe.config file. Delete blobs option does not work on patterns. You must supply an explicit list of blobs. Make a list of blobs in some text file (mylist.txt) keeping one blob per line. temp/blob1.txt
chrome/folder1/blob2.data

To delete these blobs use one of the following commands:
abu -d mylist.txt or
abu -delete mylist.txt

Download blobs

Make sure the storage location is correct in the bu.exe.config file. To download blobs using pattern use the following commands:
abu -g temp or
abu -get temp

A new guid folder would be created in the current working folder. All the blobs starting with temp would be copied into the guid folder. The blobs would be copied keeping the original folder structure in tact.

To download multi-pattern blobs, make some text file, myblobs.txt. Enter the pattern or exact blob names per line.
temp
chrome/folder1/blob2.data

Use the following commands to download blobs which start with temp and chrome/folder1/blob2.data. abu -g myblobs.txt or
abu -get myblobs.txt

Notice that this syntax is similar to the pattern syntax. The utility would use the file syntax if a file is found. If your intent was to download all blobs starting with myblobs.txt, then ensure that this file does not exist.

You can download the blobs in just one folder making their names flat. The slashes in the blob names would be converted to dashes. Use the following commands using a pattern or file name:
abu -gf myblobs.txt or
abu -getflat myblobs.txt

Copy blobs

This feature copies blobs from one Azure storage location to the other. Update the abu.exe.config file with the source and target storage locations.
Update the four keys, storageConnectionString, storageContainer, targetStorageConnectionString, and targetStorageContainer.
Example:

<appSettings>
    <add key="storageConnectionString" value="DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=mystorageaccount;AccountKey=shgdgdhhd77djjdjd99odkkddpuususususd9d9d9dsomelongkey==;" />
    <add key="storageContainer" value="mycontainer" />
    <add key="targetStorageConnectionString" value="DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=mystorageaccount2;AccountKey=blahblahodkkddpuususususd9d9d9dsomelongkey==;" />
    <add key="targetStorageContainer" value="mycontainer2" />

Make a list of blobs in some text file (mylist.txt.) use the following commands to copy blobs from source to target.
abu -c mylist.txt or
abu -copy mylist.txt

Performance

For deleting, copying, and downloading operations you can get a better performance by increasing concurrency. This can be done by updaing the abu.exe.config file's maxThreads key. The default is 1. You have to find a happy balance for this number. Start with a lower number and keep increasing until the desired throughput is achieved. Remember, keeping this number too high does not necessarily mean, high performance.

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