Event execution pipeline


Applies To: Dynamics 365 (online), Dynamics 365 (on-premises), Dynamics CRM 2016, Dynamics CRM Online

The Microsoft Dynamics 365 event processing subsystem executes plug-ins based on a message pipeline execution model. A user action in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Web application or an SDK method call by a plug-in or other application results in a message being sent to the organization Web service. The message contains business entity information and core operation information. The message is passed through the event execution pipeline where it can be read or modified by the platform core operation and any registered plug-ins.


While there are several Web services hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform, only events triggered by the organization and OData endpoints can cause plug-ins to execute.

In This Topic

Architecture and related components

Pipeline stages

Message processing

Plug-in registration

Inclusion in database transactions

The following figure illustrates the overall architecture of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform with respect to both synchronous and asynchronous event processing.

Event processing architecture

Synchronous and Asynchronous Event Processing Diagram

The event execution pipeline processes events either synchronously or asynchronously. The platform core operation and any plug-ins registered for synchronous execution are executed immediately. Synchronous plug-ins that are registered for the event are executed in a well-defined order. Plug-ins registered for asynchronous execution are queued by the Asynchronous Queue Agent and executed at a later time by the asynchronous service.


Regardless of whether a plug-in executes synchronously or asynchronously, there’s a two-minute time limit imposed on the execution of a (message) request. If the execution of your plug-in logic exceeds the time limit, a System.TimeoutException is thrown. If a plug-in needs more processing time than two minutes, consider using a workflow or other background process to accomplish the intended task. This two-minute time limit applies only to plug-ins registered to execute under partial trust, also known as the sandbox. More information: Plug-in isolation, trusts, and statistics

Pipeline stages

The event pipeline is divided into multiple stages, of which 4 are available to register custom developed or 3rd party plug-ins. Multiple plug-ins that are registered in each stage can be further be ordered (ranked) within that stage during plug-in registration.


Stage name

Stage number





Stage in the pipeline for plug-ins that are to execute before the main system operation. Plug-ins registered in this stage may execute outside the database transaction.

System_CAPS_security Security Note

The pre-validation stage occurs prior to security checks being performed to verify the calling or logged on user has the correct permissions to perform the intended operation.




Stage in the pipeline for plug-ins that are to execute before the main system operation. Plug-ins registered in this stage are executed within the database transaction.

Platform Core Operation



In-transaction main operation of the system, such as create, update, delete, and so on. No custom plug-ins can be registered in this stage. For internal use only.




Stage in the pipeline for plug-ins which are to execute after the main operation. Plug-ins registered in this stage are executed within the database transaction.

Message processing

Whenever application code or a workflow invokes a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Web service method, a state change in the system occurs that raises an event. The information passed as a parameter to the Web service method is internally packaged up into a OrganizationRequest message and processed by the pipeline. The information in the OrganizationRequest message is passed to the first plug-in registered for that event where it can be read or modified before being passed to the next registered plug-in for that event and so on. Plug-ins receive the message information in the form of context that is passed to their Execute method. The message is also passed to the platform core operation.

Plug-in registration

Plug-ins can be registered to execute before or after the core platform operation. Pre-event registered plug-ins receive the OrganizationRequest message first and can modify the message information before the message is passed to the core operation. After the core platform operation has completed, the message is then known as the OrganizationResponse. The response is passed to the registered post-event plug-ins. Post-event plug-ins have the opportunity to modify the message before a copy of the response is passed to any registered asynchronous plug-ins. Finally, the response is returned to the application or workflow that invoked the original Web service method call.

Because a single Microsoft Dynamics 365 server can host more than one organization, the execution pipeline is organization specific. There is a virtual pipeline for every organization. Plug-ins registered with the pipeline can only process business data for a single organization. A plug-in that is designed to work with multiple organizations must be registered with each organization's execution pipeline.

Inclusion in database transactions

Plug-ins may or may not execute within the database transaction of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform. Whether a plug-in is part of the transaction is dependent on how the message request is processed by the pipeline. You can check if the plug-in is executing in-transaction by reading the IsInTransaction property inherited by IPluginExecutionContext that is passed to the plug-in. If a plug-in is executing in the database transaction and allows an exception to be passed back to the platform, the entire transaction will be rolled back. Stages 20 and 40 are guaranteed to be part of the database transaction while stage 10 may be part of the transaction.

Any registered plug-in that executes during the database transaction and that passes an exception back to the platform cancels the core operation. This results in a rollback of the core operation. In addition, any pre-event or post event registered plug-ins that have not yet executed and any workflow that is triggered by the same event that the plug-in was registered for will not execute.

See Also

Introduction to the event framework
Plug-in isolation, trusts, and statistics
Register and Deploy Plug-Ins
Asynchronous service in Microsoft Dynamics 365

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