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IDispatchMessageInspector Interface


Defines the methods that enable custom inspection or modification of inbound and outbound application messages in service applications.

public interface class IDispatchMessageInspector
public interface IDispatchMessageInspector
type IDispatchMessageInspector = interface
Public Interface IDispatchMessageInspector


The following code example shows a basic IDispatchMessageInspector that writes a string to the console when it is invoked.

#region IDispatchMessageInspector Members
public object AfterReceiveRequest(ref System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message request, IClientChannel channel, InstanceContext instanceContext)
  Console.WriteLine("IDispatchMessageInspector.AfterReceiveRequest called.");
  return null;

public void BeforeSendReply(ref System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message reply, object correlationState)
  Console.WriteLine("IDispatchMessageInspector.BeforeSendReply called.");
#Region "IDispatchMessageInspector Members"
    Public Function AfterReceiveRequest(ByRef request As System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message, _
                       ByVal channel As IClientChannel, ByVal instanceContext As InstanceContext) _
                       As Object Implements IDispatchMessageInspector.AfterReceiveRequest
        Console.WriteLine("IDispatchMessageInspector.AfterReceiveRequest called.")
        Return Nothing
    End Function

    Public Sub BeforeSendReply(ByRef reply As System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message, ByVal correlationState As Object) _
    Implements IDispatchMessageInspector.BeforeSendReply
        Console.WriteLine("IDispatchMessageInspector.BeforeSendReply called.")
    End Sub
#End Region

The following code example shows the implementation of an IServiceBehavior that adds the Inspector IDispatchMessageInspector to the DispatchRuntime.MessageInspectors collection.

#region IServiceBehavior Members
public void AddBindingParameters(
  ServiceDescription serviceDescription,
  ServiceHostBase serviceHostBase,
  System.Collections.ObjectModel.Collection<ServiceEndpoint> endpoints,
  BindingParameterCollection bindingParameters
{ return; }

public void ApplyDispatchBehavior(ServiceDescription serviceDescription, ServiceHostBase serviceHostBase)
  foreach (ChannelDispatcher chDisp in serviceHostBase.ChannelDispatchers)
    foreach (EndpointDispatcher epDisp in chDisp.Endpoints)
      epDisp.DispatchRuntime.MessageInspectors.Add(new Inspector());
      foreach (DispatchOperation op in epDisp.DispatchRuntime.Operations)
        op.ParameterInspectors.Add(new Inspector());
#Region "IServiceBehavior Members"
    Public Sub AddBindingParameters(ByVal serviceDescription As ServiceDescription, _
                   ByVal serviceHostBase As ServiceHostBase, ByVal endpoints As  _
                   System.Collections.ObjectModel.Collection(Of ServiceEndpoint), _
                   ByVal bindingParameters As BindingParameterCollection) Implements IServiceBehavior.AddBindingParameters
    End Sub

    Public Sub ApplyDispatchBehavior(ByVal serviceDescription As ServiceDescription, _
                                     ByVal serviceHostBase As ServiceHostBase) Implements _
        For Each chDisp As ChannelDispatcher In serviceHostBase.ChannelDispatchers
            For Each epDisp As EndpointDispatcher In chDisp.Endpoints
                epDisp.DispatchRuntime.MessageInspectors.Add(New Inspector())
                For Each op As DispatchOperation In epDisp.DispatchRuntime.Operations
                    op.ParameterInspectors.Add(New Inspector())
                Next op
            Next epDisp
        Next chDisp
    End Sub

The following code example shows the use of an application configuration file to load the service behavior that inserts the Inspector IDispatchMessageInspector.

            <add baseAddress="http://localhost:8080/SampleService" />
        <behavior name="metadataSupport">
          <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true" httpGetUrl=""/>
          <serviceInterceptors />
          type="Microsoft.WCF.Documentation.InspectorInserter, HostApplication, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null"


Implement IDispatchMessageInspector to inspect or modify inbound or outbound application messages either prior to dispatching a request message to an operation or before returning a reply message to a caller. There are a large number of scenarios that require intercepting messages prior to invoking the operation for which it is destined. For example, you can log incoming application messages or perform some feature based on a message header.

Typically, message inspectors are inserted by a service behavior (System.ServiceModel.Description.IServiceBehavior), an endpoint behavior (System.ServiceModel.Description.IEndpointBehavior), or a contract behavior (System.ServiceModel.Description.IContractBehavior). The behavior then adds the message inspector to the DispatchRuntime.MessageInspectors collection. For more information about extending the runtime using behaviors, see Extending ServiceHost and the Service Model Layer.

  • The AfterReceiveRequest method enables custom behavior after receiving the message but before dispatching it to the intended operation.

  • The BeforeSendReply method enables custom behavior after the operation returns but before the reply is sent.


IDispatchMessageInspector objects are always called at the same point during message dispatch regardless of whether an operation is one-way or request-reply.


AfterReceiveRequest(Message, IClientChannel, InstanceContext)

Called after an inbound message has been received but before the message is dispatched to the intended operation.

BeforeSendReply(Message, Object)

Called after the operation has returned but before the reply message is sent.

Applies to