Explore Microsoft .NET SDK v3 for Azure Cosmos DB


This unit focuses on Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK v3 for API for NoSQL. (Microsoft.Azure.Cosmos NuGet package.) If you're familiar with the previous version of the .NET SDK, you may be used to the terms collection and document.

The azure-cosmos-dotnet-v3 GitHub repository includes the latest .NET sample solutions. You use these solutions to perform CRUD (create, read, update, and delete) and other common operations on Azure Cosmos DB resources.

Because Azure Cosmos DB supports multiple API models, version 3 of the .NET SDK uses the generic terms "container" and "item". A container can be a collection, graph, or table. An item can be a document, edge/vertex, or row, and is the content inside a container.

Below are examples showing some of the key operations you should be familiar with. For more examples please visit the GitHub link above. The examples below all use the async version of the methods.


Creates a new CosmosClient with a connection string. CosmosClient is thread-safe. Its recommended to maintain a single instance of CosmosClient per lifetime of the application which enables efficient connection management and performance.

CosmosClient client = new CosmosClient(endpoint, key);

Database examples

Create a database

The CosmosClient.CreateDatabaseIfNotExistsAsync checks if a database exists, and if it doesn't, creates it. Only the database id is used to verify if there is an existing database.

// An object containing relevant information about the response
DatabaseResponse databaseResponse = await client.CreateDatabaseIfNotExistsAsync(databaseId, 10000);

Read a database by ID

Reads a database from the Azure Cosmos DB service as an asynchronous operation.

DatabaseResponse readResponse = await database.ReadAsync();

Delete a database

Delete a Database as an asynchronous operation.

await database.DeleteAsync();

Container examples

Create a container

The Database.CreateContainerIfNotExistsAsync method checks if a container exists, and if it doesn't, it creates it. Only the container id is used to verify if there is an existing container.

// Set throughput to the minimum value of 400 RU/s
ContainerResponse simpleContainer = await database.CreateContainerIfNotExistsAsync(
    id: containerId,
    partitionKeyPath: partitionKey,
    throughput: 400);

Get a container by ID

Container container = database.GetContainer(containerId);
ContainerProperties containerProperties = await container.ReadContainerAsync();

Delete a container

Delete a Container as an asynchronous operation.

await database.GetContainer(containerId).DeleteContainerAsync();

Item examples

Create an item

Use the Container.CreateItemAsync method to create an item. The method requires a JSON serializable object that must contain an id property, and a partitionKey.

ItemResponse<SalesOrder> response = await container.CreateItemAsync(salesOrder, new PartitionKey(salesOrder.AccountNumber));

Read an item

Use the Container.ReadItemAsync method to read an item. The method requires type to serialize the item to along with an id property, and a partitionKey.

string id = "[id]";
string accountNumber = "[partition-key]";
ItemResponse<SalesOrder> response = await container.ReadItemAsync(id, new PartitionKey(accountNumber));

Query an item

The Container.GetItemQueryIterator method creates a query for items under a container in an Azure Cosmos database using a SQL statement with parameterized values. It returns a FeedIterator.

QueryDefinition query = new QueryDefinition(
    "select * from sales s where s.AccountNumber = @AccountInput ")
    .WithParameter("@AccountInput", "Account1");

FeedIterator<SalesOrder> resultSet = container.GetItemQueryIterator<SalesOrder>(
    requestOptions: new QueryRequestOptions()
        PartitionKey = new PartitionKey("Account1"),
        MaxItemCount = 1

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