IErrorHandler.ProvideFault Method

Enables the creation of a custom FaultException that is returned from an exception in the course of a service method.

Namespace: System.ServiceModel.Dispatcher
Assembly: System.ServiceModel (in system.servicemodel.dll)

void ProvideFault (
	Exception error,
	MessageVersion version,
	ref Message fault
void ProvideFault (
	Exception error, 
	MessageVersion version, 
	/** @ref */ Message fault
Not applicable.



The Exception object thrown in the course of the service operation.


The SOAP version of the message.


The System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message object that is returned to the client, or service, in the duplex case.

Implement the ProvideFault method to create a custom fault message that is returned to the client. When all ProvideFault implementations have been called, the fault message is sent back to the client (if fault is non-a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic)). To prevent the return of any exception information to the client, set the fault parameter to a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The inbound message that caused the processing error is available during this method from the OperationContext.RequestContext property.

The following code example demonstrates a service that implements IErrorHandler that returns only FaultException of type GreetingFault when a service method throws a managed exception.

#region IErrorHandler Members
public bool HandleError(Exception error)
  Console.WriteLine("HandleError called.");
  // Returning true indicates you performed your behavior.
  return true;

// This is a trivial implementation that converts Exception to FaultException<GreetingFault>.
public void ProvideFault(
  Exception error,
  MessageVersion ver,
  ref Message msg
  Console.WriteLine("ProvideFault called. Converting Exception to GreetingFault....");
  FaultException<GreetingFault> fe 
    = new FaultException<GreetingFault>(new GreetingFault(error.Message));
  MessageFault fault = fe.CreateMessageFault();
  msg = Message.CreateMessage(

The following code example shows how to use a service behavior to add the IErrorHandler implementation to the ErrorHandlers property.

// This behavior modifies no binding parameters.
#region IServiceBehavior Members
public void AddBindingParameters(
  ServiceDescription description, 
  ServiceHostBase serviceHostBase, 
  System.Collections.ObjectModel.Collection<ServiceEndpoint> endpoints, 
  System.ServiceModel.Channels.BindingParameterCollection parameters

// This behavior is an IErrorHandler implementation and 
// must be applied to each ChannelDispatcher.
public void ApplyDispatchBehavior(ServiceDescription description, ServiceHostBase serviceHostBase)
  Console.WriteLine("The EnforceGreetingFaultBehavior has been applied.");
  foreach(ChannelDispatcher chanDisp in serviceHostBase.ChannelDispatchers)

// This behavior requires that the contract have a SOAP fault with a detail type of GreetingFault.
public void Validate(ServiceDescription description, ServiceHostBase serviceHostBase)
  Console.WriteLine("Validate is called.");
  foreach (ServiceEndpoint se in description.Endpoints)
    // Must not examine any metadata endpoint.
    if (se.Contract.Name.Equals("IMetadataExchange")
      && se.Contract.Namespace.Equals(""))
    foreach (OperationDescription opDesc in se.Contract.Operations)
      if (opDesc.Faults.Count == 0)
        throw new InvalidOperationException(String.Format(
          "EnforceGreetingFaultBehavior requires a "  
          + "FaultContractAttribute(typeof(GreetingFault)) in each operation contract.  "
          + "The \"{0}\" operation contains no FaultContractAttribute.",
      bool gfExists = false;
      foreach (FaultDescription fault in opDesc.Faults)
        if (fault.DetailType.Equals(typeof(GreetingFault)))
          gfExists = true;
      if (gfExists == false)
        throw new InvalidOperationException(
"EnforceGreetingFaultBehavior requires a FaultContractAttribute(typeof(GreetingFault)) in an operation contract."

The following code example shows how to configure the service to load the service behavior using an application configuration file. For more details about how to expose a service behavior in a configuration file, see IServiceBehavior.

            <add baseAddress="http://localhost:8080/SampleService"/>
        <behavior name="metaAndErrors">
          <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="true"/>
          <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true"/>
          <enforceGreetingFaults />
          type="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation.EnforceGreetingFaultBehavior, HostApplication, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null"

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0

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