Accessing Azure File Shares in different ways

Kelvin Thom 1 Reputation point

I have some questions about Azure File Share. Is it possible for my end users to access the file share via a browser? For example, can they goto a site, login and then see the file shares I have setup? Is there a mobile app on Android/IOS my users can download to access the Azure file share? Can my users share the files and/or folders that are in my file share? Let's say they want to share a file with an external user who is not on my tenant, is it possible to share the file or folder so the external client can access that file or folder? Thanks...

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Azure Files
An Azure service that offers file shares in the cloud.
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  1. Ryan Hill 27,026 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Kelvin Thom ,

    There isn't a native solution that will allow users to access your Azure File Share outside of what's previously been mentioned. The reason being is that File Share is an SMB protocol implementation that can't be accessed over HTTP, like you can with blobs. If you want to provide a UI access to Azure File Share, you can use these examples as guidance for implementing a custom solution.

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  2. T. Kujala 8,706 Reputation points

    Hi @KelvinThom-8975,

    Here are the ways to access Azure Files.

    What are different ways to access files in Azure Files?

    You can mount the file share on your local machine by using the SMB 3.0 protocol, or you can use tools like Storage Explorer to access files in your file share. From your application, you can use storage client libraries, REST APIs, PowerShell, or Azure CLI to access your files in the Azure file share.

    More information here:

    A file share can be accessed via browser if the application uses REST APIs.

  3. Kelvin Thom 1 Reputation point

    Bump. I guess there is no native Azure mobile app end users can use to access the file share. I've read through the FAQ as well as other articles.

    When I tried one of the fileshare urls, I get the following

    <Message>The value for one of the HTTP headers is not in the correct format. RequestId:########-####-####-####-############ Time:2020-06-17T11:01:35.8791313Z</Message>

    So, maybe there is a different format I'm supposed to be using instead of the url provided.

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