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Programming language: C#
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Tags: Messaging     Service     Rebus     Queue     Bus    
Latest version: v7.0.0

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This repository contains Rebus "core". You may also be interested in one of the many integration libraries.

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Rebus is a lean service bus implementation for .NET. It is what ThoughtWorks in 2010 called a "message bus without smarts" - a library that works well as the "dumb pipes" when you need asynchronous communication in your microservices that follow the "smart endpoints, dumb pipes" principle.

Rebus aims to have

  • a simple and intuitive configuration story
  • a few well-selected options
  • no doodleware
  • as few dependencies as possible (currently only JSON.NET)
  • a broad reach (targets .NET 4.5, .NET 4.6, and .NET Standard 2.0, i.e. full .NET fx and .NET core)
  • integration with external dependencies via small, dedicated projects
  • the best error messages in the world
  • a frictionless getting-up-and-running-experience

and in doing this, Rebus should try to align itself with common, proven asynchronous messaging patterns.

Oh, and Rebus is FREE as in beer and speech, and it will stay that way forever.

More information

If you want to read more, check out the official Rebus documentation wiki or check out my blog.

You can also follow me on Twitter: @mookid8000

Getting started

Rebus is a simple .NET library, and everything revolves around the RebusBus class. One way to get Rebus up and running, is to manually go

var bus = new RebusBus(...);
bus.Start(1); //< 1 worker thread

// use the bus for the duration of the application lifetime

// remember to dispose the bus when your application exits

where ... is a bunch of dependencies that vary depending on how you want to send/receive messages etc. Another way is to use the configuration API, in which case you would go

var someContainerAdapter = new BuiltinHandlerActivator();

for the built-in container adapter, or

var someContainerAdapter = new AdapterForMyFavoriteIocContainer(myFavoriteIocContainer);

to integrate with your favorite IoC container, and then

    .Logging(l => l.Serilog())
    .Transport(t => t.UseMsmq("myInputQueue"))
    .Routing(r => r.TypeBased().MapAssemblyOf<SomeMessageType>("anotherInputQueue"))

// have IBus injected in application services for the duration of the application lifetime    

// let the container dispose the bus when your application exits

which will stuff the resulting IBus in the container as a singleton and use the container to look up message handlers. Check out the Configuration section on the official Rebus documentation wiki for more information on how to do this.

If you want to be more specific about what types you map in an assembly, such as if the assembly is shared with other code you can map all the types under a specific namespace like this:

    .Routing(r => r.TypeBased().MapAssemblyNamespaceOf<SomeMessageType>("namespaceInputQueue"))

// have IBus injected in application services for the duration of the application lifetime    

// let the container dispose the bus when your application exits


Rebus is licensed under The MIT License (MIT). Basically, this license grants you the right to use Rebus in any way you see fit. See LICENSE.md for more info.

The purpose of the license is to make it easy for everyone to use Rebus and its accompanying integration libraries. If that is not the case, please get in touch with [email protected] and then we will work something out.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Rebus README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.