Using Azure Storage Explorer

It’s a free tool to access you Azure cloud storage from your desktop computer.


You can download the installer here.

Run the installer and select to install it only for you, or all users.

Then complete the installation with the default values.

Connection & first run

On the first start, we can select the connection type to our Azure Storage.

Then, we can login with our Azure account to access the storage.

The services available in our storage account depends on the configuration at creation time.

Access to local emulator

If we have configured the local emulator (Azurite), we can connect using the Open Connect Dialog icon.

And then the Attach to a local emulator option.

I have my Azurite instance configured with the default values, so I can connect just setting any Display name.

After confirmation, we can access our local Azurite in the same way that we can access our Azure storage (remember to run your local emulator).

Azure Storage emulator for development in Windows 10

I want to be able to run locally my back end apps that use Azure while I’m working on it.

In the past I used the Azure Storage Emulator but is no longer being supported, Azurite is the new version and in this post I will show you how to install it and start using it.


There are several ways to install Azurite in your development machine like a Visual Studio Code extension, NPM or Docker, we are going to use Docker (If you don’t have it installed, check my post Installing Docker for Windows).

Open a powershell command prompt and use the following command to pull the latest Azurite docker image

docker pull


Run Azurite with the following powershell commands

md c:\azurite

docker run -p 10000:10000 -p 10001:10001 -v c:/azurite:/data

Now Azurite is ready to be used and you can use your Azure Storage Explorer to access your data or develop your apps.