Azure Tips and Tricks Part 94 - Customize an Azure Functions Endpoint in Seconds

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Customize the Azure Functions endpoint

This one tends to come up a lot and typically folks want to solve the following two problems.

  • They want to know know how to pass a string parameter to the functions URL.
  • Then parse the string from the URL and use it in my code logic.

They basically want a url like the following -

You can achieve this by going into your Azure Function and looking at your function.json file and adding the route. More than likely route is missing, but you can easily add it.

Below is a sample that looks for the word products in the string followed by a category that is alphanumeric and an id that is an integer:

  "bindings": [
      "type": "httpTrigger",
      "name": "req",
      "direction": "in",
      "methods": [
      "route": "products/{category:alpha}/{id:int?}"
      "name": "$return",
      "type": "http",
      "direction": "out"
  "disabled": false

Now we’ll add the two values (string category, int? id) to pass into our method as shown below.

using System.Net;

public static async Task<HttpResponseMessage> Run(HttpRequestMessage req, string category, int? id, TraceWriter log)
    log.Info("C# HTTP trigger function processed a request.");

    return category == null
        ? req.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.BadRequest, "Please pass a category")
        : req.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.OK, "Category " + category + " and the Id is " + id);

If you now call then it will return <string xmlns="">Category truck and the Id is 444</string>.

Very simple!

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