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Export telemetry from Application Insights

Do you want to keep your telemetry for longer than the standard retention period? Or do you want to process it in some specialized way? Continuous export is ideal for this purpose. The events you see in the Application Insights portal can be exported to storage in Azure in JSON format. From there, you can download your data and write whatever code you need to process it.


Before you set up continuous export, there are some alternatives you might want to consider:

After continuous export copies your data to storage, where it can stay as long as you like, it's still available in Application Insights for the usual retention period.

Supported regions

Continuous export is supported in the following regions:

  • Southeast Asia
  • Canada Central
  • Central India
  • North Europe
  • UK South
  • Australia East
  • Japan East
  • Korea Central
  • France Central
  • East Asia
  • West US
  • Central US
  • East US 2
  • South Central US
  • West US 2
  • South Africa North
  • North Central US
  • Brazil South
  • Switzerland North
  • Australia Southeast
  • UK West
  • Germany West Central
  • Switzerland West
  • Australia Central 2
  • UAE Central
  • Brazil Southeast
  • Australia Central
  • UAE North
  • Norway East
  • Japan West


Continuous export will continue to work for applications in East US and West Europe if the export was configured before February 23, 2021. New continuous export rules can't be configured on any application in East US or West Europe, no matter when the application was created.

Continuous export advanced storage configuration

Continuous export doesn't support the following Azure Storage features or configurations:

Create a continuous export


An application can't export more than 3 TB of data per day. If more than 3 TB per day is exported, the export will be disabled. To export without a limit, use diagnostic settings-based export.

  1. In the Application Insights resource for your app under Configure on the left, open Continuous export and select Add.

  2. Choose the telemetry data types you want to export.

  3. Create or select an Azure Storage account where you want to store the data. For more information on storage pricing options, see the Pricing page.

    Select Add > Export destination > Storage account. Then either create a new store or choose an existing store.


    By default, the storage location will be set to the same geographical region as your Application Insights resource. If you store in a different region, you might incur transfer charges.

  4. Create or select a container in the storage.


After you've created your export, newly ingested data will begin to flow to Azure Blob Storage. Continuous export only transmits new telemetry that's created or ingested after continuous export was enabled. Any data that existed prior to enabling continuous export won't be exported. There's no supported way to retroactively export previously created data by using continuous export.

There can be a delay of about an hour before data appears in the storage.

After the first export is finished, you'll find the following structure in your Blob Storage container. (This structure varies depending on the data you're collecting.)

Name Description
Availability Reports availability web tests.
Event Custom events generated by TrackEvent().
Exceptions Reports exceptions in the server and in the browser.
Messages Sent by TrackTrace, and by the logging adapters.
Metrics Generated by metric API calls.
PerformanceCounters Performance Counters collected by Application Insights.
Requests Sent by TrackRequest. The standard modules use requests to report server response time, measured at the server.

Edit continuous export

Select Continuous export and select the storage account to edit.

Stop continuous export

To stop the export, select Disable. When you select Enable again, the export restarts with new data. You won't get the data that arrived in the portal while export was disabled.

To stop the export permanently, delete it. Doing so doesn't delete your data from storage.

Can't add or change an export?

To add or change exports, you need Owner, Contributor, or Application Insights Contributor access rights. Learn about roles.

What events do you get?

The exported data is the raw telemetry we receive from your application with added location data from the client IP address.

Data that has been discarded by sampling isn't included in the exported data.

Other calculated metrics aren't included. For example, we don't export average CPU utilization, but we do export the raw telemetry from which the average is computed.

The data also includes the results of any availability web tests that you have set up.


If your application sends a lot of data, the sampling feature might operate and send only a fraction of the generated telemetry. Learn more about sampling.

Inspect the data

You can inspect the storage directly in the portal. Select Home on the leftmost menu. At the top where it says Azure services, select Storage accounts. Select the storage account name, and on the Overview page select Services > Blobs. Finally, select the container name.

To inspect Azure Storage in Visual Studio, select View > Cloud Explorer. If you don't have that menu command, you need to install the Azure SDK. Open the New Project dialog, expand Visual C#/Cloud, and select Get Microsoft Azure SDK for .NET.

When you open your blob store, you'll see a container with a set of blob files. You'll see the URI of each file derived from your Application Insights resource name, its instrumentation key, and telemetry type, date, and time. The resource name is all lowercase, and the instrumentation key omits dashes.

Screenshot that shows inspecting the blob store with a suitable tool.


On March 31, 2025, support for instrumentation key ingestion will end. Instrumentation key ingestion will continue to work, but we'll no longer provide updates or support for the feature. Transition to connection strings to take advantage of new capabilities.

The date and time are UTC and are when the telemetry was deposited in the store, not the time it was generated. For this reason, if you write code to download the data, it can move linearly through the data.

Here's the form of the path:

$"{applicationName}_{instrumentationKey}/{type}/{blobDeliveryTimeUtc:yyyy-MM-dd}/{ blobDeliveryTimeUtc:HH}/{blobId}_{blobCreationTimeUtc:yyyyMMdd_HHmmss}.blob"


  • blobCreationTimeUtc is the time when the blob was created in the internal staging storage.
  • blobDeliveryTimeUtc is the time when the blob is copied to the export destination storage.

Data format

The data is formatted so that:

  • Each blob is a text file that contains multiple \n-separated rows. It contains the telemetry processed over a time period of roughly half a minute.

  • Each row represents a telemetry data point, such as a request or page view.

  • Each row is an unformatted JSON document. If you want to view the rows, open the blob in Visual Studio and select Edit > Advanced > Format File.

    Screenshot that shows viewing the telemetry with a suitable tool

Time durations are in ticks, where 10 000 ticks = 1 ms. For example, these values show a time of 1 ms to send a request from the browser, 3 ms to receive it, and 1.8 s to process the page in the browser:

"sendRequest": {"value": 10000.0},
"receiveRequest": {"value": 30000.0},
"clientProcess": {"value": 17970000.0}

For a detailed data model reference for the property types and values, see Application Insights export data model.

Process the data

On a small scale, you can write some code to pull apart your data and read it into a spreadsheet. For example:

private IEnumerable<T> DeserializeMany<T>(string folderName)
   var files = Directory.EnumerateFiles(folderName, "*.blob", SearchOption.AllDirectories);
   foreach (var file in files)
      using (var fileReader = File.OpenText(file))
         string fileContent = fileReader.ReadToEnd();
         IEnumerable<string> entities = fileContent.Split('\n').Where(s => !string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(s));
         foreach (var entity in entities)
            yield return JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<T>(entity);

For a larger code sample, see Using a worker role.

Delete your old data

You're responsible for managing your storage capacity and deleting old data, if necessary.

Regenerate your storage key

If you change the key to your storage, continuous export will stop working. You'll see a notification in your Azure account.

Select the Continuous Export tab and edit your export. Edit theExport Destination value, but leave the same storage selected. Select OK to confirm.

Continuous export will restart.

Export samples

For export samples, see:

On larger scales, consider HDInsight Hadoop clusters in the cloud. HDInsight provides various technologies for managing and analyzing big data. You can use it to process data that's been exported from Application Insights.

Frequently asked questions

This section provides answers to common questions.

Can I get a one-time download of a chart?

You can do that. At the top of the tab, select Export Data.

I set up an export, but why is there no data in my store?

Did Application Insights receive any telemetry from your app since you set up the export? You'll only receive new data.

I tried to set up an export, but why was I denied access?

If the account is owned by your organization, you have to be a member of the Owners or Contributors groups.

Can I export straight to my own on-premises store?

No. Our export engine currently only works with Azure Storage at this time.

Is there any limit to the amount of data you put in my store?

No. We'll keep pushing data in until you delete the export. We'll stop if we hit the outer limits for Blob Storage, but that limit is huge. It's up to you to control how much storage you use.

How many blobs should I see in the storage?

  • For every data type you selected to export, a new blob is created every minute, if data is available.
  • For applications with high traffic, extra partition units are allocated. In this case, each unit creates a blob every minute.

I regenerated the key to my storage, or changed the name of the container, but why doesn't the export work?

Edit the export and select the Export destination tab. Leave the same storage selected as before, and select OK to confirm. Export will restart. If the change was within the past few days, you won't lose data.

Can I pause the export?

Yes. Select Disable.

Code samples

Diagnostic settings-based export

Diagnostic settings export is preferred because it provides extra features:

  • Azure Storage accounts with virtual networks, firewalls, and private links.
  • Export to Azure Event Hubs.

Diagnostic settings export further differs from continuous export in the following ways:

  • Updated schema.
  • Telemetry data is sent as it arrives instead of in batched uploads.


Extra costs might be incurred because of an increase in calls to the destination, such as a storage account.

To migrate to diagnostic settings export:

  1. Enable Diagnostic Settings on Classic Application Insights.
  2. Configure your data export: Select Diagnostic settings > Add diagnostic setting from within your Application Insights resource.
  3. Verify your new data export is configured the same as you Continuous Export


If you want to store diagnostic logs in a Log Analytics workspace, there are two points to consider to avoid seeing duplicate data in Application Insights:

  • The destination can't be the same Log Analytics workspace that your Application Insights resource is based on.
  • The Application Insights user can't have access to both workspaces. Set the Log Analytics access control mode to Requires workspace permissions. Through Azure role-based access control, ensure the user only has access to the Log Analytics workspace the Application Insights resource is based on.

These steps are necessary because Application Insights accesses telemetry across Application Insight resources, including Log Analytics workspaces, to provide complete end-to-end transaction operations and accurate application maps. Because diagnostic logs use the same table names, duplicate telemetry can be displayed if the user has access to multiple resources that contain the same data.

Application Insights Export Data Model

This table lists the properties of telemetry sent from the Application Insights SDKs to the portal. You'll see these properties in data output from Continuous Export. They also appear in property filters in Metric Explorer and Diagnostic Search.

Points to note:

  • [0] in these tables denotes a point in the path where you have to insert an index; but it isn't always 0.
  • Time durations are in tenths of a microsecond, so 10000000 == 1 second.
  • Dates and times are UTC, and are given in the ISO format yyyy-MM-DDThh:mm:ss.sssZ


// A server report about an HTTP request
  "request": [
      "urlData": { // derived from 'url'
        "host": "",
        "base": "/",
        "hashTag": ""
      "responseCode": 200, // Sent to client
      "success": true, // Default == responseCode<400
      // Request id becomes the operation id of child events
      "id": "fCOhCdCnZ9I=",  
      "name": "GET Home/Index",
      "count": 1, // 100% / sampling rate
      "durationMetric": {
        "value": 1046804.0, // 10000000 == 1 second
        // Currently the following fields are redundant:
        "count": 1.0,
        "min": 1046804.0,
        "max": 1046804.0,
        "stdDev": 0.0,
        "sampledValue": 1046804.0
      "url": "/"
  "internal": {
    "data": {
      "id": "7f156650-ef4c-11e5-8453-3f984b167d05",
      "documentVersion": "1.61"
  "context": {
    "device": { // client browser
      "type": "PC",
      "screenResolution": { },
      "roleInstance": ""
    "application": { },
    "location": { // derived from client ip
      "continent": "North America",
      "country": "United States",
      // last octagon is anonymized to 0 at portal:
      "clientip": "",
      "province": "",
      "city": ""
    "data": {
      "isSynthetic": true, // we identified source as a bot
      // percentage of generated data sent to portal:
      "samplingRate": 100.0,
      "eventTime": "2016-03-21T10:05:45.7334717Z" // UTC
    "user": {
      "isAuthenticated": false,
      "anonId": "us-tx-sn1-azr", // bot agent id
      "anonAcquisitionDate": "0001-01-01T00:00:00Z",
      "authAcquisitionDate": "0001-01-01T00:00:00Z",
      "accountAcquisitionDate": "0001-01-01T00:00:00Z"
    "operation": {
      "id": "fCOhCdCnZ9I=",
      "parentId": "fCOhCdCnZ9I=",
      "name": "GET Home/Index"
    "cloud": { },
    "serverDevice": { },
    "custom": { // set by custom fields of track calls
      "dimensions": [ ],
      "metrics": [ ]
    "session": {
      "id": "65504c10-44a6-489e-b9dc-94184eb00d86",
      "isFirst": true


All types of telemetry are accompanied by a context section. Not all of these fields are transmitted with every data point.

Path Type Notes
context.custom.dimensions [0] object [ ] Key-value string pairs set by custom properties parameter. Key max length 100, values max length 1024. More than 100 unique values, the property can be searched but cannot be used for segmentation. Max 200 keys per ikey.
context.custom.metrics [0] object [ ] Key-value pairs set by custom measurements parameter and by TrackMetrics. Key max length 100, values may be numeric. string UTC boolean Request appears to come from a bot or web test. number Percentage of telemetry generated by the SDK that is sent to portal. Range 0.0-100.0.
context.device object Client device
context.device.browser string IE, Chrome, ...
context.device.browserVersion string Chrome 48.0, ...
context.device.deviceModel string
context.device.deviceName string string
context.device.locale string en-GB, de-DE, ... string
context.device.oemName string
context.device.os string
context.device.osVersion string Host OS
context.device.roleInstance string ID of server host
context.device.roleName string
context.device.screenResolution string
context.device.type string PC, Browser, ...
context.location object Derived from clientip. string Derived from clientip, if known
context.location.clientip string Last octagon is anonymized to 0.
context.location.continent string string
context.location.province string State or province string Items that have the same operation id are shown as Related Items in the portal. Usually the request id. string url or request name
context.operation.parentId string Allows nested related items. string Id of a group of operations from the same source. A period of 30 minutes without an operation signals the end of a session.
context.session.isFirst boolean
context.user.accountAcquisitionDate string
context.user.accountId string
context.user.anonAcquisitionDate string
context.user.anonId string
context.user.authAcquisitionDate string Authenticated User
context.user.authId string
context.user.isAuthenticated boolean
context.user.storeRegion string string string Unique id that is assigned when an item is ingested to Application Insights


Custom events generated by TrackEvent().

Path Type Notes
event [0] count integer 100/(sampling rate). For example 4 => 25%.
event [0] name string Event name. Max length 250.
event [0] url string
event [0] urlData.base string
event [0] string


Reports exceptions in the server and in the browser.

Path Type Notes
basicException [0] assembly string
basicException [0] count integer 100/(sampling rate). For example 4 => 25%.
basicException [0] exceptionGroup string
basicException [0] exceptionType string
basicException [0] failedUserCodeMethod string
basicException [0] failedUserCodeAssembly string
basicException [0] handledAt string
basicException [0] hasFullStack boolean
basicException [0] id string
basicException [0] method string
basicException [0] message string Exception message. Max length 10k.
basicException [0] outerExceptionMessage string
basicException [0] outerExceptionThrownAtAssembly string
basicException [0] outerExceptionThrownAtMethod string
basicException [0] outerExceptionType string
basicException [0] outerId string
basicException [0] parsedStack [0] assembly string
basicException [0] parsedStack [0] fileName string
basicException [0] parsedStack [0] level integer
basicException [0] parsedStack [0] line integer
basicException [0] parsedStack [0] method string
basicException [0] stack string Max length 10k
basicException [0] typeName string

Trace Messages

Sent by TrackTrace, and by the logging adapters.

Path Type Notes
message [0] loggerName string
message [0] parameters string
message [0] raw string The log message, max length 10k.
message [0] severityLevel string

Remote dependency

Sent by TrackDependency. Used to report performance and usage of calls to dependencies in the server, and AJAX calls in the browser.

Path Type Notes
remoteDependency [0] async boolean
remoteDependency [0] baseName string
remoteDependency [0] commandName string For example "home/index"
remoteDependency [0] count integer 100/(sampling rate). For example 4 => 25%.
remoteDependency [0] dependencyTypeName string HTTP, SQL, ...
remoteDependency [0] durationMetric.value number Time from call to completion of response by dependency
remoteDependency [0] id string
remoteDependency [0] name string Url. Max length 250.
remoteDependency [0] resultCode string from HTTP dependency
remoteDependency [0] success boolean
remoteDependency [0] type string Http, Sql,...
remoteDependency [0] url string Max length 2000
remoteDependency [0] urlData.base string Max length 2000
remoteDependency [0] urlData.hashTag string
remoteDependency [0] string Max length 200


Sent by TrackRequest. The standard modules use this to reports server response time, measured at the server.

Path Type Notes
request [0] count integer 100/(sampling rate). For example: 4 => 25%.
request [0] durationMetric.value number Time from request arriving to response. 1e7 == 1s
request [0] id string Operation id
request [0] name string GET/POST + url base. Max length 250
request [0] responseCode integer HTTP response sent to client
request [0] success boolean Default == (responseCode < 400)
request [0] url string Not including host
request [0] urlData.base string
request [0] urlData.hashTag string
request [0] string

Page View Performance

Sent by the browser. Measures the time to process a page, from user initiating the request to display complete (excluding async AJAX calls).

Context values show client OS and browser version.

Path Type Notes
clientPerformance [0] clientProcess.value integer Time from end of receiving the HTML to displaying the page.
clientPerformance [0] name string
clientPerformance [0] networkConnection.value integer Time taken to establish a network connection.
clientPerformance [0] receiveRequest.value integer Time from end of sending the request to receiving the HTML in reply.
clientPerformance [0] sendRequest.value integer Time from taken to send the HTTP request.
clientPerformance [0] total.value integer Time from starting to send the request to displaying the page.
clientPerformance [0] url string URL of this request
clientPerformance [0] urlData.base string
clientPerformance [0] urlData.hashTag string
clientPerformance [0] string
clientPerformance [0] urlData.protocol string

Page Views

Sent by trackPageView() or stopTrackPage

Path Type Notes
view [0] count integer 100/(sampling rate). For example 4 => 25%.
view [0] durationMetric.value integer Value optionally set in trackPageView() or by startTrackPage() - stopTrackPage(). Not the same as clientPerformance values.
view [0] name string Page title. Max length 250
view [0] url string
view [0] urlData.base string
view [0] urlData.hashTag string
view [0] string


Reports availability web tests.

Path Type Notes
availability [0] string availability
availability [0] availabilityMetric.value number 1.0 or 0.0
availability [0] count integer 100/(sampling rate). For example 4 => 25%.
availability [0] string
availability [0] dataSizeMetric.value integer
availability [0] string
availability [0] durationMetric.value number Duration of test. 1e7==1s
availability [0] message string Failure diagnostic
availability [0] result string Pass/Fail
availability [0] runLocation string Geo source of http req
availability [0] testName string
availability [0] testRunId string
availability [0] testTimestamp string


Generated by TrackMetric().

The metric value is found in context.custom.metrics[0]

For example:

  "metric": [ ],
  "context": {
    "custom": {
      "dimensions": [
        { "ProcessId": "4068" }
      "metrics": [
          "dispatchRate": {
            "value": 0.001295,
            "count": 1.0,
            "min": 0.001295,
            "max": 0.001295,
            "stdDev": 0.0,
            "sampledValue": 0.001295,
            "sum": 0.001295

About metric values

Metric values, both in metric reports and elsewhere, are reported with a standard object structure. For example:

"durationMetric": {
  "name": "",
  "type": "Aggregation",
  "value": 468.71603053650279,
  "count": 1.0,
  "min": 468.71603053650279,
  "max": 468.71603053650279,
  "stdDev": 0.0,
  "sampledValue": 468.71603053650279

Currently - though this might change in the future - in all values reported from the standard SDK modules, count==1 and only the name and value fields are useful. The only case where they would be different would be if you write your own TrackMetric calls in which you set the other parameters.

The purpose of the other fields is to allow metrics to be aggregated in the SDK, to reduce traffic to the portal. For example, you could average several successive readings before sending each metric report. Then you would calculate the min, max, standard deviation and aggregate value (sum or average) and set count to the number of readings represented by the report.

In the tables above, we have omitted the rarely used fields count, min, max, stdDev, and sampledValue.

Instead of pre-aggregating metrics, you can use sampling if you need to reduce the volume of telemetry.


Except where otherwise noted, durations are represented in tenths of a microsecond, so that 10000000.0 means 1 second.

See also