MetadataResolver.Resolve Method (Type, EndpointAddress)


Downloads and resolves a metadata address into a collection of ServiceEndpoint objects for a specified contract at a specified address.

Namespace:   System.ServiceModel.Description
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

public static ServiceEndpointCollection Resolve(
	Type contract,
	EndpointAddress address


Type: System.Type

The contracts for which to download and resolve metadata.

Type: System.ServiceModel.EndpointAddress

The metadata address.

Return Value

Type: System.ServiceModel.Description.ServiceEndpointCollection

A collection of ServiceEndpoint objects for the specified contract.

Exception Condition

The address or the contract is null.

Use the Resolve method to specify the contract and the metadata address to use when downloading and resolving metadata.

The default settings on the System.ServiceModel.Description.MetadataExchangeClient are used to retrieve the metadata and the default System.ServiceModel.Description.MetadataExchangeClientMode is MetadataExchangeClientMode.MetadataExchange.

To download metadata but not resolve the information into ServiceEndpoint objects, use the System.ServiceModel.Description.MetadataExchangeClient directly.


An empty collection is returned if no endpoints were imported or if no endpoints matched the contract. If an empty collection is returned, a warning trace is written.

This method requires that you specify a contract type. You can specify the contract by declaring the service interface in the client code or by using a WCF client generated by Svcutil.exe. If the interface changes (adding a new operation, for example) you must update the interface in the client code or generate a new WCF client. If you do not, an exception is thrown. For example, you have a service that implements a service contract called ICalculator that defines Add(), Sub(), Mult(), and Div(). You create a client application and generate WCF client. You then add a method to ICalculator called Echo(). If you then write an application that calls Resolve(Type, EndpointAddress) without generating a new WCF client you get the following exception.

Unhandled Exception: System.ServiceModel.Description.WsdlImporter+WsdlImportException: Cannot locate operation Echo in Contract ICalculator.

The following code example shows the use of the MetadataResolver class to return metadata as a collection of ServiceEndpoint objects that are then used to connect to a service instance.

// Get the endpoints for such a service
ServiceEndpointCollection endpoints = MetadataResolver.Resolve(typeof(SampleServiceClient),metaAddress);
Console.WriteLine("Trying all available WS-Transfer metadata endpoints...");

foreach (ServiceEndpoint point in endpoints)
  if (point != null)
    // Create a new wcfClient using retrieved endpoints.
    wcfClient = new SampleServiceClient(point.Binding, point.Address);
      wcfClient.SampleMethod("Client used the "
      + point.Address.ToString()
      + " address.")

.NET Framework
Available since 3.0
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