Quickstart: Azure Queue Storage client library v12 for JavaScript

Get started with the Azure Queue Storage client library v12 for JavaScript. Azure Queue Storage is a service for storing large numbers of messages for later retrieval and processing. Follow these steps to install the package and try out example code for basic tasks.

Use the Azure Queue Storage client library v12 for JavaScript to:

  • Create a queue
  • Add messages to a queue
  • Peek at messages in a queue
  • Update a message in a queue
  • Receive messages from a queue
  • Delete messages from a queue
  • Delete a queue

Additional resources:


Setting up

This section walks you through preparing a project to work with the Azure Queue Storage client library v12 for JavaScript.

Create the project

Create a Node.js application named queues-quickstart-v12

  1. In a console window (such as cmd, PowerShell, or Bash), create a new directory for the project.

    mkdir queues-quickstart-v12
  2. Switch to the newly created queues-quickstart-v12 directory.

    cd queues-quickstart-v12
  3. Create a new text file called package.json. This file defines the Node.js project. Save this file in the queues-quickstart-v12 directory. Here are the contents of the file:

        "name": "queues-quickstart-v12",
        "version": "1.0.0",
        "description": "Use the @azure/storage-queue SDK version 12 to interact with Azure Queue storage",
        "main": "queues-quickstart-v12.js",
        "scripts": {
            "start": "node queues-quickstart-v12.js"
        "author": "Your Name",
        "license": "MIT",
        "dependencies": {
            "@azure/storage-queue": "^12.0.0",
            "@types/dotenv": "^4.0.3",
            "dotenv": "^6.0.0"

    You can put your own name in for the author field, if you'd like.

Install the package

While still in the queues-quickstart-v12 directory, install the Azure Queue Storage client library for JavaScript package by using the npm install command.

npm install

This command reads the package.json file and installs the Azure Queue Storage client library v12 for JavaScript package and all the libraries on which it depends.

Set up the app framework

From the project directory:

  1. Open another new text file in your code editor

  2. Add require calls to load Azure and Node.js modules

  3. Create the structure for the program, including very basic exception handling

    Here's the code:

    const { QueueClient } = require("@azure/storage-queue");
    const uuidv1 = require("uuid/v1");
    async function main() {
        console.log("Azure Queue Storage client library v12 - JavaScript quickstart sample");
        // Quick start code goes here
    main().then(() => console.log("\nDone")).catch((ex) => console.log(ex.message));
  4. Save the new file as queues-quickstart-v12.js in the queues-quickstart-v12 directory.

Copy your credentials from the Azure portal

When the sample application makes a request to Azure Storage, it must be authorized. To authorize a request, add your storage account credentials to the application as a connection string. To view your storage account credentials, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Locate your storage account.

  3. In the storage account menu pane, under Security + networking, select Access keys. Here, you can view the account access keys and the complete connection string for each key.

    Screenshot that shows where the access key settings are in the Azure portal

  4. In the Access keys pane, select Show keys.

  5. In the key1 section, locate the Connection string value. Select the Copy to clipboard icon to copy the connection string. You'll add the connection string value to an environment variable in the next section.

    Screenshot showing how to copy a connection string from the Azure portal

Configure your storage connection string

After you copy the connection string, write it to a new environment variable on the local machine running the application. To set the environment variable, open a console window, and follow the instructions for your operating system. Replace <yourconnectionstring> with your actual connection string.

setx AZURE_STORAGE_CONNECTION_STRING "<yourconnectionstring>"

After you add the environment variable in Windows, you must start a new instance of the command window.

Restart programs

After you add the environment variable, restart any running programs that will need to read the environment variable. For example, restart your development environment or editor before you continue.

Object model

Azure Queue Storage is a service for storing large numbers of messages. A queue message can be up to 64 KB in size. A queue may contain millions of messages, up to the total capacity limit of a storage account. Queues are commonly used to create a backlog of work to process asynchronously. Queue Storage offers three types of resources:

  • The storage account
  • A queue in the storage account
  • Messages within the queue

The following diagram shows the relationship between these resources.

Diagram of Queue storage architecture

Use the following JavaScript classes to interact with these resources:

  • QueueServiceClient: The QueueServiceClient allows you to manage the all queues in your storage account.
  • QueueClient: The QueueClient class allows you to manage and manipulate an individual queue and its messages.
  • QueueMessage: The QueueMessage class represents the individual objects returned when calling ReceiveMessages on a queue.

Code examples

These example code snippets show you how to do the following actions with the Azure Queue Storage client library for JavaScript:

Get the connection string

The following code retrieves the connection string for the storage account from the environment variable created in the Configure your storage connection string section.

Add this code inside the main function:

// Retrieve the connection string for use with the application. The storage
// connection string is stored in an environment variable on the machine
// running the application called AZURE_STORAGE_CONNECTION_STRING. If the
// environment variable is created after the application is launched in a
// console or with Visual Studio, the shell or application needs to be
// closed and reloaded to take the environment variable into account.

Create a queue

Decide on a name for the new queue. The following code appends a UUID value to the queue name to ensure that it's unique.


Queue names may only contain lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens, and must begin with a letter or a number. Each hyphen must be preceded and followed by a non-hyphen character. The name must also be between 3 and 63 characters long. For more information, see Naming queues and metadata.

Create an instance of the QueueClient class. Then, call the create method to create the queue in your storage account.

Add this code to the end of the main function:

// Create a unique name for the queue
const queueName = "quickstart" + uuidv1();

console.log("\nCreating queue...");
console.log("\t", queueName);

// Instantiate a QueueClient which will be used to create and manipulate a queue
const queueClient = new QueueClient(AZURE_STORAGE_CONNECTION_STRING, queueName);

// Create the queue
const createQueueResponse = await queueClient.create();
console.log("Queue created, requestId:", createQueueResponse.requestId);

Add messages to a queue

The following code snippet adds messages to queue by calling the sendMessage method. It also saves the QueueMessage returned from the third sendMessage call. The returned sendMessageResponse is used to update the message content later in the program.

Add this code to the end of the main function:

console.log("\nAdding messages to the queue...");

// Send several messages to the queue
await queueClient.sendMessage("First message");
await queueClient.sendMessage("Second message");
const sendMessageResponse = await queueClient.sendMessage("Third message");

console.log("Messages added, requestId:", sendMessageResponse.requestId);

Peek at messages in a queue

Peek at the messages in the queue by calling the peekMessages method. This method retrieves one or more messages from the front of the queue but doesn't alter the visibility of the message.

Add this code to the end of the main function:

console.log("\nPeek at the messages in the queue...");

// Peek at messages in the queue
const peekedMessages = await queueClient.peekMessages({ numberOfMessages : 5 });

for (i = 0; i < peekedMessages.peekedMessageItems.length; i++) {
    // Display the peeked message
    console.log("\t", peekedMessages.peekedMessageItems[i].messageText);

Update a message in a queue

Update the contents of a message by calling the updateMessage method. This method can change a message's visibility timeout and contents. The message content must be a UTF-8 encoded string that is up to 64 KB in size. Along with the new content, pass in messageId and popReceipt from the response that was saved earlier in the code. The sendMessageResponse properties identify which message to update.

console.log("\nUpdating the third message in the queue...");

// Update a message using the response saved when calling sendMessage earlier
updateMessageResponse = await queueClient.updateMessage(
    "Third message has been updated"

console.log("Message updated, requestId:", updateMessageResponse.requestId);

Receive messages from a queue

Download previously added messages by calling the receiveMessages method. In the numberOfMessages field, pass in the maximum number of messages to receive for this call.

Add this code to the end of the main function:

console.log("\nReceiving messages from the queue...");

// Get messages from the queue
const receivedMessagesResponse = await queueClient.receiveMessages({ numberOfMessages : 5 });

console.log("Messages received, requestId:", receivedMessagesResponse.requestId);

Delete messages from a queue

Delete messages from the queue after they're received and processed. In this case, processing is just displaying the message on the console.

Delete messages by calling the deleteMessage method. Any messages not explicitly deleted will eventually become visible in the queue again for another chance to process them.

Add this code to the end of the main function:

// 'Process' and delete messages from the queue
for (i = 0; i < receivedMessagesResponse.receivedMessageItems.length; i++) {
    receivedMessage = receivedMessagesResponse.receivedMessageItems[i];

    // 'Process' the message
    console.log("\tProcessing:", receivedMessage.messageText);

    // Delete the message
    const deleteMessageResponse = await queueClient.deleteMessage(
    console.log("\tMessage deleted, requestId:", deleteMessageResponse.requestId);

Delete a queue

The following code cleans up the resources the app created by deleting the queue using the delete method.

Add this code to the end of the main function and save the file:

// Delete the queue
console.log("\nDeleting queue...");
const deleteQueueResponse = await queueClient.delete();
console.log("Queue deleted, requestId:", deleteQueueResponse.requestId);

Run the code

This app creates and adds three messages to an Azure queue. The code lists the messages in the queue, then retrieves and deletes them, before finally deleting the queue.

In your console window, navigate to the directory containing the queues-quickstart-v12.js file, then use the following node command to run the app.

node queues-quickstart-v12.js

The output of the app is similar to the following example:

Azure Queue Storage client library v12 - JavaScript quickstart sample

Creating queue...
Queue created, requestId: 5c0bc94c-6003-011b-7c11-b13d06000000

Adding messages to the queue...
Messages added, requestId: a0390321-8003-001e-0311-b18f2c000000

Peek at the messages in the queue...
         First message
         Second message
         Third message

Updating the third message in the queue...
Message updated, requestId: cb172c9a-5003-001c-2911-b18dd6000000

Receiving messages from the queue...
Messages received, requestId: a039036f-8003-001e-4811-b18f2c000000
        Processing: First message
        Message deleted, requestId: 4a65b82b-d003-00a7-5411-b16c22000000
        Processing: Second message
        Message deleted, requestId: 4f0b2958-c003-0030-2a11-b10feb000000
        Processing: Third message has been updated
        Message deleted, requestId: 6c978fcb-5003-00b6-2711-b15b39000000

Deleting queue...
Queue deleted, requestId: 5c0bca05-6003-011b-1e11-b13d06000000


Step through the code in your debugger and check your Azure portal throughout the process. Check your storage account to verify messages in the queue are created and deleted.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you learned how to create a queue and add messages to it using JavaScript code. Then you learned to peek, retrieve, and delete messages. Finally, you learned how to delete a message queue.

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