Returning documents as one file back from Azure CosmosDB

Jul 9, 2018 General
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If you ever tried getting multiple documents from CosmosDB collection as on “file”, than you should do the following steps. There can be different requirements for this, but this is not scope of this blog.

Option I – directly in Azure Portal

(Option II – using Datamigration tool)

Here is, what you can do:

    1. First open up “Data Explorer” in CosmosDB Resource (Azure Portal) and select DB->Collection of your interest.
    2. Click “New SQL Query” -> this opens a new query pane with a select statement and also “Setting” to open up the settings SlideIn.

      new query pane
      new query pane
    3. In that SlideIn you have several options.
      – one is to set a custom value on how many results can be displayed in one page
      – another option is to remove the limitation of default 100 to unlimited

      unlimited page results
      unlimited page results
      custom page limit
      custom page limit


      ! Don’t forget to save !

    4. Next, go to query pane and leave the select statement, if you have no other conditions on the outcome. Click “Execute Query”. With this you can now grab the output in the results pane by CTRL+A and CTRL+C

      execute query
      execute query
    5. Open your favorit text editor (I like VScode very much), paste in the clipboard and save as a file.

Here you go! 🙂 Hope this helps. If you have other suggestions, you’re welcome to add comments.

By Thomas

I work as a director at CGI in Stuttgart. Responsible for the topic of innovation in the cloud and DevOps, I drive various topics like IoT, AI and Cloud with teams. The agile transformation of German IT companies or ministries plays a major role here, as does the modernization of applications using smart services. For almost two decades I have been supporting as IT architect, developer and coach. I am also very active in the community. As host of Azure Meetup Konstnaz & Region, as well as co-host of Azure Meetup Stuttgart and as co-admin of GitHub Meetup Stuttgart, I would like to share knowledge and experience with like-minded people.

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