Getting Started

Delayed Delivery

Component: NServiceBus
NuGet Package: NServiceBus (8.1)

Messages don't need to be dispatched immediately. Delayed delivery is a feature that sends messages into the future to be delivered and processed at a later time.

Delayed delivery is used for:

Delaying message dispatching

Delaying a message is done using SendOptions and the DelayDeliveryWith method. This allows to defer the sending of a message to any endpoint. The behavior of delayed handling using DelayDeliveryWith can be seen in Delayed Delivery Sample.

Using a TimeSpan

Delays delivery of a message for a specified duration.

var sendOptions = new SendOptions();


await handlerContext.Send(new MessageToBeSentLater(), sendOptions);
// OR
await endpoint.Send(new MessageToBeSentLater(), sendOptions, handlerContext.CancellationToken);

Using a DateTime

Delays delivery of a message until a specified point in time.

var options = new SendOptions();
options.DoNotDeliverBefore(new DateTime(2016, 12, 25));

await handlerContext.Send(new MessageToBeSentLater(), options);
// OR
await endpoint.Send(new MessageToBeSentLater(), options, handlerContext.CancellationToken);

How it works

NServiceBus provides delayed delivery feature for transports that don't have native support for delayed message delivery. All Transports except MSMQ support delayed message delivery natively and therefore don't require persistence to store timeouts. To learn more about NServiceBus delayed message store refer to the MSMQ transport delayed delivery article.


  • Delayed Delivery
    A simple ordering system that defers handling or delivery of a message.