Understanding SAS URLs in Microsoft Azure Blob Storage

Tejaksha K
3 min readMay 5, 2023

Microsoft Azure Blob Storage provides a highly scalable and secure way to store and access data. One of the key features of Azure Blob Storage is Shared Access Signatures (SAS) URLs. SAS URLs provide a secure way to grant temporary access to blobs and containers without compromising the storage account key.

To understand SAS URLs, imagine a scenario where you need to grant temporary access to a specific blob to a third-party user. Without SAS URLs, you would have to share your storage account key, which would give the user access to all the blobs in your storage account. This is not secure and could result in data breaches. With SAS URLs, you can create a URL that provides temporary access to a specific blob, with specific permissions and a limited time frame.

Here’s how SAS URLs work in Azure Blob Storage:

  1. First, you create a Shared Access Policy that defines the permissions and validity period for the SAS URL.
  2. Next, you create a SAS URL by combining the URL of the blob or container, the Shared Access Policy, and the signature. The signature is created by using the storage account key and the policy.
  3. Finally, you share the SAS URL with the user, who can use it to access the blob or container with the permissions and time frame specified in the policy.

Here are some benefits of using SAS URLs:

  • Improved security: SAS URLs provide a secure way to grant temporary access to specific blobs or containers without compromising the storage account key.
  • Flexible permissions: SAS URLs allow you to define specific permissions for the user, such as read, write, or delete access.
  • Limited time frame: SAS URLs can be set to expire after a specific time frame, which reduces the risk of unauthorized access.

In conclusion, SAS URLs are a powerful feature of Microsoft Azure Blob Storage that provide a secure way to grant temporary access to specific blobs or containers. By using SAS URLs, you can improve the security of your storage account and provide flexible permissions to users.

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Tejaksha K

I'm a Full Stack Developer & Cloud Expert with experience in Google Cloud Platform & AWS. Passionate about learning & expanding my skills in Web Development.