Groot Groot - 2 months ago 7
C# Question

Azure blob DownloadToStream takes too long

I am trying to download a file from Azure blob, but in 0.1% cases it just hangs at the blockBlob.DownloadToStream(...) for more than 10 mins. Is there a way I can timeout this function in 2 mins?

CloudBlockBlob blockBlob = container.GetBlockBlobReference(blobName);
using (var memoryStream = new System.IO.MemoryStream())
blockBlob.DownloadToStream(memoryStream, null, new BlobRequestOptions()
ServerTimeout = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(120)
string content = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(memoryStream.ToArray());


You can configure the timeout for the whole DownloadToStream operation. For example, you can set MaximumExecutionTime to 120 seconds (this is for whole DownloadToStream operation), ServerTimeout to 30 seconds (this is for each REST call), and specify a RetryPolicy (ExponentialRetry or LinearRetry, this is for each REST call) to enable retrying while a request times out or fails. By doing so, each individual Get Blob REST call will be limited to 30 seconds at server side (retry policy will take effect if encountering server timeout issue), and the whole DownloadToStream operation will be limited to 2 minutes at client side.

Please refer to the code sample below. Note: The BlobRequestOptions object only needs to be constructed once, then you can use it for all blob related operations below.

        var maxRetryCount = 3;
        CloudBlockBlob blockBlob = container.GetBlockBlobReference(blobName);
        var blobRequestOptions = new BlobRequestOptions
            ServerTimeout = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(30),
            MaximumExecutionTime = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(120),
            RetryPolicy = new ExponentialRetry(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(3), maxRetryCount),

        using (var memoryStream = new MemoryStream())
            blockBlob.DownloadToStream(memoryStream, null, blobRequestOptions);