Query Cosmos (SQL API) from API function in Azure static web app

Phil Drew 1 Reputation point

Hi, I am very new to these topic but I'm trying to make my first useful web app.

I have followed the basic "hello world" tutorial for making an Azure static web app. So I have a working website which hits a working API function, which returns "Hello from the API" and prints this to the web page. The function is in java (which I'm not very good in, but it's been a long time...). So this is all working fine. But I want my web app to do something useful, i.e. show me some items from a Cosmos DB.

I have also gone through the basic setup tutorial for a Cosmos DB (SQL API), and this includes downloading the java application, building and running it, so that Anderson/Wakefield etc. families are added to the DB. I have also made myself a new container and manually added a few items which I would like to show on the web page (I don't care about them being pretty).

I can see and follow how the code in the java app works, but how do I make something equivalent in the Static Web App function (called "message")? I have tried copying in the java app code but it fails (at least in VSCode) because it doesn't like that I want to start with the words "package" or "import" (import...= can only be used in typescript files).

This is the current code in the message function's index.js:

module.exports = async function (context, req) {
        text: "Hello from the API"

What do I have to replace it with to simply grab some data from the DB and send it to the web page (select * is fine)?

I can see loads of help pages which show how the DB can be accessed from a local java app, or other places, but not from an Azure Static Web App function.


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  1. Ryan Hill 24,301 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Phil Drew ,

    NodeJS tutorial for the SQL API for Azure Cosmos DB is the doc you're looking for query your Cosmos DB from a NodeJS app. You'll add the SDK @azure/cosmos to your package.json. Then create a js file to handle CRUD operations. You can make this as abstract as you want to be. But to get going

       const CosmosClient = require("@azure/cosmos").CosmosClient;  
       const config = {  
           endpoint: "<Your Azure Cosmos account URI>",  
           key: "<Your Azure Cosmos account key>",  
           databaseId: "Tasks",  
           containerId: "Items",  
           partitionKey: { kind: "Hash", paths: ["/category"] }  
       // This script ensures that the database is setup and populated correctly  
       async function create(client, databaseId, containerId) {  
           const partitionKey = config.partitionKey;  
            * Create the database if it does not exist  
           const { database } = await client.databases.createIfNotExists({  
             id: databaseId  
           console.log(`Created database:\n${database.id}\n`);  
            * Create the container if it does not exist  
           const { container } = await client  
               { id: containerId, partitionKey },  
               { offerThroughput: 400 }  
           console.log(`Created container:\n${container.id}\n`);  
       const client = new CosmosClient({config.endpoint, config.key});  
       const database = new client.database(config.databaseId);  
       const container = database.container(config.containerId);  
       // query to return all items  
       const querySpec = {  
           query: "SELECT * from c"  
         // read all items in the Items container  
         const { resources: items } = await container.items  
         items.forEach(item => {  
           console.log(`${item.id} - ${item.description}`);  

    You can leverage application settings for the config object instead of hard coding the values in.

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