Neo Neo - 2 months ago 37
C# Question

How to retrieve latest record using RowKey or Timestamp in Azure Table storage

Tricky part is

which is having value like
Mon Nov 14 12:26:42 2016

I tried query using

var lowerlimit = DateTime.UtcNow; // its should be nearer to table timestamp data.
TableQuery<TemperatureEntity> query2 = new TableQuery<TemperatureEntity>().Where(TableQuery.GenerateFilterConditionForDate("Timestamp", QueryComparisons.GreaterThanOrEqual,lowerlimit));
var test = table.ExecuteQuery(query2);


public class MyEntity : TableEntity
public MyEntity(string partitionKey, string rowKey)
this.PartitionKey = partitionKey;
this.RowKey = rowKey;

public MyEntity() { }

public Int64 DevideId { get; set; }

public string RowKey { get; set; }

//below query gives full data

// Retrieve the storage account from the connection string.
CloudStorageAccount storageAccount = CloudStorageAccount.Parse(

// Create the table client.
CloudTableClient tableClient = storageAccount.CreateCloudTableClient();

// Create the CloudTable object that represents the "TemperatureData" table.
CloudTable table = tableClient.GetTableReference("TemperatureData");

// retrive data
TableQuery<TemperatureEntity> query = new TableQuery<TemperatureEntity>();
var data = table.ExecuteQuery(query);

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If you need to have the latest entry in your partition, using a string date time for the row key is not a good approach as Table Storage stores entities in ascending order based on the Row Key.

If at the current point you can change the value of your row key, use DateTime.UtcNow.Ticks:

var invertedTimeKey = DateTime.MaxValue.Ticks - DateTime.UtcNow.Ticks

With that approach, when querying your table, you will be able to take 1 entry corresponding to the latest.

If you can't change the value of your row key, you will have to retrieve all the entries in the partition, meaning loading all of it in memory, and then order them using the Timestamp to retrieve the last one. If you have a lot of entries this is definitely not a good approach.

var lastResult = results.OrderByDescending(r => r.Timestamp).FirstOrDefault();