Connect to Azure Service Bus


QueueExplorer can connect to Azure Service Bus namespaces. Older “Service Bus for Windows Server (Service Bus 1.1)” is not supported.

There are two way you can connect to Azure Service Bus - using Shared access policy (connection string), and using Azure Active Directory login (role based authorization). Azure AD login allows more fine grained per user permissions.

Connect using Shared access policy

In order to connect to Azure Service Bus go to Azure portal, open the Service Bus namespace you want, then go to:

  • Settings -> Shared access policies -> RootManageSharedAccessKey -> Primary connection string

and copy connection string from there. After you paste it, QueueExplorer will contact Azure to check tier of your namespace (Basic, Standard or Premium) and display it below.

Connection string should look something like:


RootManageSharedAccessKey is the default name and can be different in your namespace.

Connection string will be displayed in a password-hidden field in the connection dialog. If you want to see or copy it, click on the “Show” checkbox.

Connect using Azure Active Directory login

Enter namespace first, then click on the Login button. Login procedure will be performed by Microsoft’s login dialogs. If this is the first time anyone from your organization is logging through QueueExplorer, login dialog will ask you to allow QueueExplorer access to Service Bus. Note that this is a necessary step that doesn’t allow QueueExplorer access to everything. QueueExplorer will impersonate (i.e. login as) the user, and will have only user’s permissions regarding Service Bus. QueueExplorer doesn’t have access to users’s password, it’s handled by Microsoft login dialogs, QueueExplorer only gets a token valid for Service Bus operations.

QueueExplorer requires that you grant user at least some kind of read access to Service Bus entities - in order to get a list queues, topics, etc. The easiest (read-only) way is to assign ‘Reader’ role for entire namespace. You can assing other roles on entire namespace, or on individual queues/topics, etc.

Azure Roles and QueueExplorer

  • Owner - can read a list of queues/topics, delete or create them. However this role doesn’t give you any access to messages in these queues/subscriptions!
  • Contributor - same as Owner from QueueExplorer’s point of view, since QueueExplorer doesn’t have role/user/permission management anyway, which Owner account has and Contributor doesn’t.
  • Reader - can read a list of queues/topics, but can’t edit them. Any QueueExplorer user should have at least this.
  • Azure Service Bus Data Owner - enables data access to Service Bus namespace and its entities (queues, topics, subscriptions, and filters)
  • Azure Service Bus Data Sender - use this role to give send access to Service Bus namespace and its entities.
  • Azure Service Bus Data Receiver - use this role to give receiving access to Service Bus namespace and its entities. Please note that this role includes deleting messages (which is in fact - receiving)!