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How to: Use the ChannelFactory

The generic ChannelFactory<TChannel> class is used in advanced scenarios that require the creation of a channel factory that can be used to create more than one channel.

To create and use the ChannelFactory class

  1. Build and run an Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service. For more information, see Designing and Implementing Services, Configuring Services, and Hosting Services.

  2. Use the ServiceModel Metadata Utility Tool (Svcutil.exe) to generate the contract (interface) for the client.

  3. In the client code, use the ChannelFactory<TChannel> class to create multiple endpoint listeners.


using System;
using System.ServiceModel;

// This code generated by svcutil.exe.
interface IMath
     double Add(double A, double B);

public class Math : IMath
    public double Add(double A, double B)
        return A + B;

public sealed class Test
    static void Main()
        // Code not shown.

    public void Run()
        // This code is written by an application developer.
        // Create a channel factory.
        BasicHttpBinding myBinding = new BasicHttpBinding();
        EndpointAddress myEndpoint = new EndpointAddress("http://localhost/MathService/Ep1");

        ChannelFactory<IMath> myChannelFactory = new ChannelFactory<IMath>(myBinding, myEndpoint);

        // Create a channel.
        IMath wcfClient1 = myChannelFactory.CreateChannel();
        double s = wcfClient1.Add(3, 39);

        // Create another channel.
        IMath wcfClient2 = myChannelFactory.CreateChannel();
        s = wcfClient2.Add(15, 27);
Imports System.ServiceModel

' This code generated by svcutil.exe.
<ServiceContract()> _
Interface IMath
    <OperationContract()> _
    Function Add(a As Double, b As Double) As Double
End Interface

Public Class Math
    Implements IMath

    Function Add(a As Double, b As Double) As Double Implements IMath.Add
        Return a + b
    End Function
End Class

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()
    End Sub

    Public Sub Run()
        ' This code is written by an application developer.
        ' Create a channel factory.
        Dim myBinding As New BasicHttpBinding
        Dim myEndpoint As New EndpointAddress("http://localhost/MathService/Ep1")

        Dim myChannelFactory As New ChannelFactory(Of IMath)(myBinding, myEndpoint)

        ' Create a channel.
        Dim wcfClient1 As IMath = myChannelFactory.CreateChannel()
        Dim s As Integer = wcfClient1.Add(3, 39)
        Dim clientChannel As IClientChannel = CType(wcfClient1, IClientChannel)

        ' Create another channel
        Dim wcfClient2 As IMath = myChannelFactory.CreateChannel()
        s = wcfClient2.Add(15, 27)
        clientChannel = CType(wcfClient2, IClientChannel)
    End Sub
End Class