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The samples are designed to be highlighting how various features of NServiceBus work and how the extension points plug into other libraries and tooling.

Not Production Ready

Samples are not meant to be production ready code or to be used as-is with Particular Platform tools. They are meant to illustrate the use of an API or feature in the simplest way possible. For this reason, these samples make certain assumptions on transport, hosting, etc. See the Technology choices for more details.

Not "Endpoint drop in" projects

Since the endpoint in samples have to chose specific technologies (transport, serializer, persistence etc) before using this code in production ensure the code conforms with any specific technology choices.

Downloadable and runnable

All samples have a download link that allows the sample solution to be downloaded as a zip. Once opened in Visual Studio the samples are then runnable. Note some samples may have certain infrastructure requirement, for example a database existing in a local SQL Server.

The full GitHub Repository

The samples are located in GitHub at Particular/ and both issues and Pull Requests are accepted.

Older Samples

Samples that target non-supported versions of NServiceBus have been archived. They are still available for browsing and download

Technology Choices

Unless otherwise specified (by an individual sample) the following are the default technology choices.

Visual Studio and .NET

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 and .NET 4.6.1 are required.

C# Language Level

All samples target C# 6.0 to take advantage of the newer language features. If any help is required in converting to earlier versions of C# then raise an issue.


Samples default to using the using MSMQ. See MSMQ NServiceBus Configuration to configure MSMQ in a way that is compatible with NServiceBus.

On startup each sample will create the required queues. By default the samples use the prefix samples. for all queue names. There is no process to clean up these queues, as such after running samples those queues remain in MSMQ. To clean up these queues manually use a MSMQ management tool or programmatically using the native MSMQ API.

For example this PowerShell will delete all queues prefixed with private$\samples..

Add-Type -AssemblyName System.Messaging

foreach ($queue in [System.Messaging.MessageQueue]::GetPrivateQueuesByMachine("."))

Console Hosting

Samples default to Self Hosting in a console since it is the most explicit and contains fewer moving pieces. This would not be a real choice for a production system and the other Hosting Options should be considered.


Samples default to logging at the Info level to the console. In production the preferred approach is some combination Warning and Error with a combination of targets.


Samples default to InMemory Persistence since this has the no requirement on installed infrastructure. Since it is not durable across restarts a durable storage should be chosen for production.


While the default serializer in NServiceBus is XML the samples default to JSON. The reason for this is that JSON is more human readable hence making samples easier to debug.

Messages definitions

In many samples Messages are defined in a shared project along with reusable helper and configuration classes. This is done so reduce the number of projects in a solution. In a real solution message definitions are most likely isolated in their own projects.

Message destinations

Many samples make use of SendLocal and sending to an endpoint directly by specify the destination using a string in code. This is done to simplify the amount of configuration in samples. In a real solution most message destination should be defined via routing configuration.


Samples default to using the built-in container since it does not require pulling in any external NuGet packages. Switching to an external container will give greater flexibility in DI customizations.


  • Azure Samples
  • Container Samples
  • Custom Checks Samples
  • Encryption Samples
  • Hosting Samples
  • Logging Samples
  • Metrics Samples
  • NHibernate Persistence Samples
  • Outbox Samples
  • Pipeline Samples
  • RabbitMQ Transport Samples
  • RavenDB Persistence Samples
  • Routing Samples
    All Routing relates Samples.
  • Saga Samples
  • Scale out
    All samples for scaling out NServiceBus endpoints.
  • Serializers Samples
  • ServiceControl Samples
  • Showcase Samples
    More complex samples showing many features working together.
  • SQL Persistence Samples
  • SQL Server Transport Samples
  • Web Samples

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