EndpointAddress Class

Provides a unique network address that a client uses to communicate with a service endpoint.

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

Public Class EndpointAddress
Dim instance As EndpointAddress

public class EndpointAddress
public class EndpointAddress
Not applicable.

An endpoint address uniquely identifies the endpoint for a service.

The endpoint address belongs to the service endpoint, which also contains the binding, contract and behaviors for the endpoint.

The EndpointAddress contains a URI and address properties that include an identity, WSDL elements, and a collection of optional headers. The optional headers are used to provide additional, more detailed addressing information to identify or interact with the endpoint. For example, they may be used to indicate which instance of a service is to be used to process an incoming message from a particular user when multiple instances are available.

The endpoint address for a service can be specified either imperatively using code or declaratively through configuration. Defining endpoints in code is usually not practical because the bindings and addresses for a deployed service are typically different from those used while the service is being developed. It is more practical to define service endpoints using configuration .

EndpointAddress does not implement the ISerializable interface and so is not serializable. For an endpoint to be exposed as part of a service contract it must be serializable and it must also be compliant with the Web Service Addressing (WS-Addressing) protocol. Serializable endpoints that are compliant with V1.0 and the August 2004 version of WS-Addressing are provided, respectively, by the EndpointAddress10 and EndpointAddressAugust2004 classes.

using System;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Channels;
using System.ServiceModel.Description;

using System.Text;

namespace Microsoft.WCF.Documentation
  class HostApplication

    static void Main()
      HostApplication app = new HostApplication();

    private void Run()

            // Get base address from app settings in configuration
            Uri baseAddress = new Uri(ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["baseAddress"]);

            //Create new address headers for special services and add them to an array
            AddressHeader addressHeader1 = AddressHeader.CreateAddressHeader(
                "specialservice1", "http://localhost:8000/service", 1);
            AddressHeader addressHeader2 = AddressHeader.CreateAddressHeader(
                "specialservice2", "http://localhost:8000/service", 2);

            // Enumerate address headers and their properties from the array.
            AddressHeader[] addressHeaders = new AddressHeader[2] { addressHeader1, addressHeader2 };
            foreach (AddressHeader addressHeader in addressHeaders)
                Console.WriteLine("AddressHeader - namespace:\t\t{0}", addressHeader.Namespace);
                Console.WriteLine("              - name:\t\t\t{0}", addressHeader.Name);
                Console.WriteLine("              - value:\t\t\t{0}", addressHeader.GetValue<int>());
                Console.WriteLine("              - type:\t\t\t{0}", addressHeader.GetType());
                Console.WriteLine("              - hashcode:\t\t{0}", addressHeader.GetHashCode());
                Console.WriteLine("              - equals addressHeader1:\t{0}", addressHeader.Equals(addressHeader1));
             //   Console.WriteLine("              - Is SOAP1.1 supported:\t{0}", addressHeader.ToMessageHeader().IsMessageVersionSupported(MessageVersion.WSAddressingSoap10));

            //Add the array of address headers to an endpoint address
            EndpointAddress endpointAddress = new EndpointAddress(
                        new Uri("http://localhost:8003/servicemodelsamples/service"), addressHeaders);

            //Create a "special" service endpoint that uses the endpointAddress.
            string WSHttpBindingName = "Binding1";
            ServiceEndpoint specialServiceEndpoint = new ServiceEndpoint(
                ContractDescription.GetContract(typeof(CalculatorService)), new WSHttpBinding(WSHttpBindingName), endpointAddress

            // Create a ServiceHost for the CalculatorService type that uses the base address.
            ServiceHost serviceHost = new ServiceHost(typeof(CalculatorService), baseAddress);

            //Add the specialServiceEndpoint to the serviceHost.

            // Enumerate the service endpoints and some of their properties from the serviceHost.
            Console.WriteLine("Service endpoints:");
            ServiceDescription desc = serviceHost.Description;
            foreach (ServiceEndpoint endpoint in desc.Endpoints)
                Console.WriteLine("Endpoint - address:  {0}", endpoint.Address);
                Console.WriteLine("         - binding name:\t\t{0}", endpoint.Binding.Name);
                // Console.WriteLine("         - binding name:\t\t{0}", endpoint.);
                Console.WriteLine("         - contract name:\t\t{0}", endpoint.Contract.Name);
                Console.WriteLine("         - contains addressHeader1:\t{0}", endpoint.Address.Headers.Contains(addressHeader1));
                Console.WriteLine("         - count of address headers:\t{0}", endpoint.Address.Headers.Count);


            // Open the ServiceHostBase to create listeners and start listening for messages.

            // The service can now be accessed.
            Console.WriteLine("The service is ready.");
            Console.WriteLine("Press <ENTER> to terminate service.");

            // Close the ServiceHostBase to shutdown the service.



Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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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