The Data Connections will be removed from Web App menu

1 minute read • By Byron Tardif • February 26, 2019

Data connections provides a guided experience to easily add a connection string to a new or existing SQL Azure Database or Azure Storage Account.

To simplify the user experience, the data connections feature will be removed from the Web Apps menu on April 15, 2019. The feature has a limited audience, and you can easily create connection strings manually, as we describe below.

How can I add a connection string manually?

Use a new or existing data source

First determine whether you’ll create a data store or use an existing one.

If you’re going to create a data store, use one of the following quickstarts:

If you are using an existing data source, then your next step is to create the connection string.

Create the connection string

Depending on what data store you use, the connection string will have a different format:

SQL Database Connection String format

Data Source=tcp:{your_SQLServer},{port};Initial Catalog={your_catalogue};User ID={your_username};Password={your_password}
  • {your_SQLServer} Name of the server, this can be found in the overview page for your database and is usually in the form of “”.
  • {port} usually 1433.
  • {your_catalogue} Name of the database.
  • {your_username} User name to access your database.
  • {your_password} Password to access your database.

Learn more about SQL Connection String format

Azure Storage Connection String format

  • {your_storageAccount} Name of your Azure Storage Account
  • {your_storageAccountKey} Keys used to access your Azure Storage Account

Where can I find my Azure Storage Account Access Keys

Add the connection string to your Web App

In App Service, you can manage connection strings for your application by using the Configuration option in the menu.

To add a connection string:

  1. Click on the Application settings tab.

  2. Click on [+] New connection string.

  3. You will need to provide Name, Value and Type for your connection string.

    • If your are adding a connection string to a SQL Azure database choose SQLAzure under type.

    • If your are adding a connection to an Azure Storage account, chose Custom under type.

NOTE If you are adding a connection string because you are planning on using the Easy API or Easy Table features, then the connection strings used by this features expect the following specific names:

  • Azure SQL database: MS_TableConnectionString
  • Azure Storage account: MS_AzureStorageAccountConnectionString