Assembly scanning

Component: NServiceBus
NuGet Package: NServiceBus (7.4 - 7.5)

By default all assemblies in the endpoint's bin directory are scanned in search of related interfaces so that the endpoint can configure them automatically.

During the scanning process, the core assembly for NServiceBus (NServiceBus.Core.dll) is automatically included since it is required for endpoints to properly function.

Controlling the assemblies to scan

There are some cases where finer control over which assemblies are loaded is required:

  • To limit the number of assemblies being scanned and hence provide improvements to startup time.
  • If hosting multiple endpoints out of the same directory each endpoint may require a subset of assemblies to be loaded.
NServiceBus extensions such as NServiceBus.RavenDB.dll are not considered a core assembly but will still need to be included when customizing the assembly scanning.

Nested Directories

Nested directories are not scanned for assemblies. Nested directory assembly scanning can be enabled using:

var scanner = endpointConfiguration.AssemblyScanner();
scanner.ScanAssembliesInNestedDirectories = true;

Assemblies to scan

An "Exclude a list" approach is used. This supports that the common scenario removing specific assemblies from scanning without the common side effect of accidentally excluding required assemblies.

Exclude a list approach

Exclude specific assemblies by name:

var scanner = endpointConfiguration.AssemblyScanner();
scanner.ExcludeAssemblies("MyAssembly1.dll", "MyAssembly2.dll");

Exclude assemblies by wildcard:

Multiple assemblies can be excluded by wildcards using the following approach:

var scanner = endpointConfiguration.AssemblyScanner();

var excludeRegexs = new List<string>

var baseDirectory = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory;
foreach (var fileName in Directory.EnumerateFiles(baseDirectory, "*.dll")
    foreach (var pattern in excludeRegexs)
        if (Regex.IsMatch(fileName, pattern, RegexOptions.IgnoreCase))

Exclude specific types:

var scanner = endpointConfiguration.AssemblyScanner();
scanner.ExcludeTypes(type1, type2);

AppDomain assemblies

By default, the assemblies that are aleady loaded into the AppDomain are scanned. The endpoint can also be configured to disable AppDomain assembly scanning:

var scanner = endpointConfiguration.AssemblyScanner();
scanner.ScanAppDomainAssemblies = false;

Suppress scanning exceptions

This configuration option is only available in NServiceBus 6.2 and above.

By default, exceptions occurred during assembly scanning will be re-thrown. Those exceptions can be ignored using the following:

var scanner = endpointConfiguration.AssemblyScanner();
scanner.ThrowExceptions = false;
Ignoring assembly scanning exceptions can cause the endpoint to not load some features, behaviors, messages or message handlers and cause incorrect behavior.

Additional assembly scanning path

This configuration option is available only in NServiceBus version 7.4 and above.

Assembly scanning can be configured to scan an additional path for assemblies located outside of the default scanning path.

var scanner = endpointConfiguration.AssemblyScanner();
scanner.AdditionalAssemblyScanningPath = additionalPathToScanAssemblies;

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