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How To Add Azure “Storage Emulator” to an Existing Azure Function Running on your Local Machine

Posted by robkraft on March 24, 2020

I created a new Azure Function App on my local machine in Visual Studio 2019 today.  One of the wizard steps gave me the option to use “Storage Emulator” for storage account and I decided to choose no storage.


That was a mistake because I also set my Azure Function App up to run based on a Timer Trigger, and in order to run it locally I need that Storage Emulator.

So I created another Visual Studio Azure Function App and chose the Storage Emulator so I could see what it generated differently, and to my surprise there were no additional dependencies, just one value that needs to be added to local.settings.json to make it work.

“Values”: {
“AzureWebJobsStorage”: “UseDevelopmentStorage=true”,

Once I replaced the empty string value for AzureWebJobsStorage with UseDevelopmentStorage=true, the app ran locally with no problems.


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