Storage connection strings

Azure Data Explorer can interact with external storage services. For example, you can create an Azure Storage external tables.

The following types of external storage are supported:

  • Azure Blob Storage
  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2
  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1
  • Amazon S3

Each type of storage has corresponding connection string formats used to describe the storage resources and how to access them. Azure Data Explorer uses a URI format to describe these storage resources and the properties necessary to access them, such as security credentials.

[!WARN] Be mindful of the fact that the list below is exhaustive. In particular, note that HTTP web services that do not implement the entire API set of Azure Blob Storage are not supported, even if they appear to work in some scenarios.

Storage connection string templates

Each storage type has a different connection string format. See the following table for connection string templates for each storage type.

Storage Type Scheme URI template
Azure Blob Storage https://[/BlobName][CallerCredentials]
Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 https://[/PathToDirectoryOrFile][CallerCredentials]
Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 abfss:// abfss://[PathToDirectoryOrFile][CallerCredentials]
Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1 adl:// adl://[CallerCredentials]
Amazon S3 https://[CallerCredentials]

Storage authentication

For Azure Data Explorer to interact with and authenticate to external storage, you must specify the storage's connection string. This connection string defines the resource being accessed and its authentication information. For more information, see Storage authentication methods.