Timer trigger to read messages from a queue

When you want to develop an Azure Function to process messages from a queue, the first hunch is to use a queue trigger. But, let’s say you want to processes messages from a queue every minute. In that case you need a timer trigger. In the example below you see an example of an Azure Function with a timer trigger, an import of multiple libraries and a call of a Logic App using an URI from AppSettings. I need to check if I found a message (message!=null). On the other hand, if there are multiple messages on the queue, they will be processed one-by-one.

#r “Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage”
#r “Newtonsoft.Json”

using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.Queue;
using System.Text;
using System.Net.Http;
using Newtonsoft.Json;

private static string logicAppUri = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable(“ProcessOpdrachtenURI”);

public static async Task Run(TimerInfo myTimer, TraceWriter log)

log.Info($”Function TriggerTimedProcessOpdrachten started”);

// Retrieve storage account from connection string.
CloudStorageAccount storageAccount = CloudStorageAccount.Parse(Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable(“ahakstorage_STORAGE”));

// Create the queue client.
CloudQueueClient queueClient = storageAccount.CreateCloudQueueClient();

// Retrieve a reference to a queue.
CloudQueue opdrachtQueue = queueClient.GetQueueReference(“opdrachtevents”);

// GetMessage
CloudQueueMessage message = await opdrachtQueue.GetMessageAsync();
if (message != null)


using (var client = new HttpClient())
var response = client.PostAsync(logicAppUri, new StringContent(message.AsString, Encoding.UTF8, “application/json”)).Result;



log.Info($”Function TriggerTimedProcessOpdrachten ended”);


Note: In the end I didn’t need the Newtonsoft.Json library, but I left that library in for learning purposes.