Azure App Configuration client library for .NET - version 1.4.1

Azure App Configuration is a managed service that helps developers centralize their application and feature settings simply and securely.

Use the client library for App Configuration to:

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Getting started

Install the package

Install the Azure App Configuration client library for .NET with NuGet:

dotnet add package Azure.Data.AppConfiguration


If you need to create a Configuration Store, you can use the Azure Portal or Azure CLI.

You can use the Azure CLI to create the Configuration Store with the following command:

az appconfig create --name <config-store-name> --resource-group <resource-group-name> --location eastus

Authenticate the client

In order to interact with the App Configuration service, you'll need to create an instance of the Configuration Client class. To make this possible, you'll need the connection string of the Configuration Store.

Get credentials

Use the Azure CLI snippet below to get the connection string from the Configuration Store.

az appconfig credential list --name <config-store-name>

Alternatively, get the connection string from the Azure Portal.

Create ConfigurationClient

Once you have the value of the connection string, you can create the ConfigurationClient:

string connectionString = "<connection_string>";
var client = new ConfigurationClient(connectionString);

Create ConfigurationClient with Azure Active Directory Credential

Client subscription key authentication is used in most of the examples in this getting started guide, but you can also authenticate with Azure Active Directory using the Azure Identity library. To use the DefaultAzureCredential provider shown below, or other credential providers provided with the Azure SDK, please install the Azure.Identity package:

dotnet add package Azure.Identity

You will also need to register a new AAD application and grant access to Configuration Store by assigning the "App Configuration Data Reader" or "App Configuration Data Owner" role to your service principal.

Set the values of the client ID, tenant ID, and client secret of the AAD application as environment variables: AZURE_CLIENT_ID, AZURE_TENANT_ID, AZURE_CLIENT_SECRET.

string endpoint = "<endpoint>";
var client = new ConfigurationClient(new Uri(endpoint), new DefaultAzureCredential());

Key concepts

Configuration Setting

A Configuration Setting is the fundamental resource within a Configuration Store. In its simplest form, it is a key and a value. However, there are additional properties such as the modifiable content type and tags fields that allow the value to be interpreted or associated in different ways.

The Label property of a Configuration Setting provides a way to separate Configuration Settings into different dimensions. These dimensions are user defined and can take any form. Some common examples of dimensions to use for a label include regions, semantic versions, or environments. Many applications have a required set of configuration keys that have varying values as the application exists across different dimensions.

For example, MaxRequests may be 100 in "NorthAmerica" and 200 in "WestEurope". By creating a Configuration Setting named MaxRequests with a label of "NorthAmerica" and another, only with a different value, with a "WestEurope" label, an application can seamlessly retrieve Configuration Settings as it runs in these two dimensions.

Azure App Configuration allows users to create a point-in-time snapshot of their configuration store, providing them with the ability to treat settings as one consistent version. This feature enables applications to hold a consistent view of configuration, ensuring that there are no version mismatches to individual settings due to reading as updates were made. Snapshots are immutable, ensuring that configuration can confidently be rolled back to a last-known-good configuration in the event of a problem.

Thread safety

We guarantee that all client instance methods are thread-safe and independent of each other (guideline). This ensures that the recommendation of reusing client instances is always safe, even across threads.

Additional concepts

Client options | Accessing the response | Long-running operations | Handling failures | Diagnostics | Mocking | Client lifetime


The following sections provide several code snippets covering some of the most common Configuration Service tasks. Note that there are sync and async methods available for both.

Create a Configuration Setting

Create a Configuration Setting to be stored in the Configuration Store. There are two ways to store a Configuration Setting:

  • AddConfigurationSetting creates a setting only if the setting does not already exist in the store.
  • SetConfigurationSetting creates a setting if it doesn't exist or overrides an existing setting.
string connectionString = "<connection_string>";
var client = new ConfigurationClient(connectionString);
var settingToCreate = new ConfigurationSetting("some_key", "some_value");
ConfigurationSetting setting = client.SetConfigurationSetting(settingToCreate);

Retrieve a Configuration Setting

Retrieve a previously stored Configuration Setting by calling GetConfigurationSetting. This snippet assumes the setting "some_key" exists in the configuration store.

string connectionString = "<connection_string>";
var client = new ConfigurationClient(connectionString);
ConfigurationSetting setting = client.GetConfigurationSetting("some_key");

Update an existing Configuration Setting

Update an existing Configuration Setting by calling SetConfigurationSetting. This snippet assumes the setting "some_key" exists in the configuration store.

string connectionString = "<connection_string>";
var client = new ConfigurationClient(connectionString);
ConfigurationSetting setting = client.SetConfigurationSetting("some_key", "new_value");

Delete a Configuration Setting

Delete an existing Configuration Setting by calling DeleteConfigurationSetting. This snippet assumes the setting "some_key" exists in the configuration store.

string connectionString = "<connection_string>";
var client = new ConfigurationClient(connectionString);

Create a Snapshot

To create a snapshot, you need to instantiate the ConfigurationSnapshot class and specify filters to determine which configuration settings should be included. The creation process is a Long-Running Operation (LRO) and can be achieved by calling the CreateSnapshot method.

var settingsFilter = new List<ConfigurationSettingsFilter> { new ConfigurationSettingsFilter("some_key") };
var settingsSnapshot = new ConfigurationSnapshot(settingsFilter);

var snapshotName = "some_snapshot";
var operation = client.CreateSnapshot(WaitUntil.Completed, snapshotName, settingsSnapshot);
var createdSnapshot = operation.Value;
Console.WriteLine($"Created configuration snapshot: {createdSnapshot.Name}, Status: {createdSnapshot.Status}");

Retrieve a Snapshot

Once a configuration snapshot is created, you can retrieve it using the GetSnapshot method.

var snapshotName = "some_snapshot";
ConfigurationSnapshot retrievedSnapshot = client.GetSnapshot(snapshotName);
Console.WriteLine($"Retrieved configuration snapshot: {retrievedSnapshot.Name}, status: {retrievedSnapshot.Status}");

Archive a Snapshot

To archive a snapshot, you can utilize the ArchiveSnapshot method. This operation updates the status of the snapshot to archived.

var snapshotName = "some_snapshot";
ConfigurationSnapshot archivedSnapshot = client.ArchiveSnapshot(snapshotName);
Console.WriteLine($"Archived configuration snapshot: {archivedSnapshot.Name}, status: {archivedSnapshot.Status}");

Recover a snapshot

You can recover an archived snapshot by using the RecoverSnapshot method. This operation updates the status of the snapshot to ready.

var snapshotName = "some_snapshot";
ConfigurationSnapshot recoveredSnapshot = client.RecoverSnapshot(snapshotName);
Console.WriteLine($"Recovered configuration snapshot: {recoveredSnapshot.Name}, status: {recoveredSnapshot.Status}");

Retrieve all Snapshots

To retrieve all snapshots, you can use the GetSnapshots method.

var count = 0;
foreach (var item in client.GetSnapshots(new SnapshotSelector()))
    Console.WriteLine($"Retrieved configuration snapshot: {item.Name}, status {item.Status}");
Console.WriteLine($"Total number of snapshots retrieved: {count}");


See our troubleshooting guide for details on how to diagnose various failure scenarios.

Next steps

More sample code

Several App Configuration client library samples are available to you in this GitHub repository. These include:

For more details see the samples README.


See the App Configuration for details on building, testing, and contributing to this library.

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