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ServiceDescription.GetService Method (Type)

Returns a service description initialized with a specified service type.

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

public static ServiceDescription GetService(
	Type serviceType


Type: System.Type
The Type of the service.

Return Value

Type: System.ServiceModel.Description.ServiceDescription
The ServiceDescription for the service type provided.


serviceType is null.

Use this method to reflect on behaviors using the programming model when replacing ServiceHostBase with you own hosting mechanism.

GetService(Type) initializes the Name, Namespace, and ConfigurationName properties, reflects on the type for any the ServiceBehaviorAttribute objects and adds them to Behaviors, and ensures that the ServiceBehaviorAttribute is attached to the service.

ServiceDescription d = ServiceDescription.GetService(new CalculatorService());
foreach (IServiceBehavior isb in d.Behaviors)

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.