Getting Started

NServiceBus Host Profiles

Component: NServiceBus Host

There are many configuration options for endpoints using the NServiceBus host. The endpoint configuration specifies levels of logging, subscription, saga storage, and more.

Profiles enable tailoring endpoints configuration for different environments without recompiling code.

There are two categories of profile:

  • Environment profiles can be used to avoid common configuration errors when manually moving a system between different environments, e.g., from development to production.
  • Feature profiles allow turning NServiceBus features, such as performance counters, on and off with no code changes.

Default profiles

By default, NServiceBus comes with a set of predefined environments and feature profiles. It's also possible to create custom profiles or customize the default profiles; to learn more about those options, refer to the NServiceBus host profiles customization article.

Environment profiles

There are three built-in environment profiles that adjust the host behavior to the environment in which the endpoint is running. These profiles can be used to switch between different environments during development, testing, and deployment.

Lite profile

Suitable for running on a development machine, for example, inside Visual Studio.

  • Installers are always invoked when running the Lite profile.

Integration profile

Suitable for running the endpoint in integration and QA environments.

  • Installers are invoked to make deployment easy to automate.

Production profile

The default if no explicit profile is defined. This profile configures the endpoint for production use.

  • Installers are not invoked since the endpoint is often installed as a Windows Service and does not run with elevated privileges. Installers run only when installing the host or when the code runs inside Visual Studio in Debug mode.

Feature profiles

Specifying which profiles to run

If the host is run without specifying a profile, NServiceBus defaults to the Production profile.

To activate a specific profile, pass the full name of the profile in the command line when starting the host. Type names are case-insensitive. Profiles can be combined by separating them with white space.

For example, to run the endpoint with the Integration and PerformanceCounters profiles:

.\NServiceBus.Host.exe nservicebus.integration nservicebus.performancecounters

When installing the host as a Windows Service, the profiles used during installation are saved, and they are used every time the host starts. In order to install the host with the Production and PerformanceCounters profiles:

.\NServiceBus.Host.exe /install nservicebus.production nservicebus.performancecounters


The built-in profiles, by default use the console, and rolling file appends, logging information at the Info threshold.

The rolling file logs are written to the logfile in the same directory as the executable. The file grows to a maximum size of 1MB; then a new file is created. A maximum of ten files is kept, then the oldest file is erased. If not otherwise specified, the logging threshold is set to the Warn level. To configure the logging threshold, see changing logging levels.

Refer to the logging configuration article to learn about customizing logging configuration.


The built-in profiles use the following default persistence settings:

TimeoutIn-MemoryAs configuredAs configured
SubscriptionIn-MemoryAs configuredAs configured
SagaIn-MemoryAs configuredAs configured
GatewayIn-MemoryAs configuredAs configured

In the Lite profile, NServiceBus Host will always use the in-memory persistence. In the Integration and Production profiles, the host verifies if a specific persistence mechanism is provided, e.g., in the endpoint configuration. If not specified otherwise, then RavenDB persistence will be used by default.