Clients overview

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As ServiceStack is just a pure HTTP web service it can be accessed with any HTTP-capable client.

Although in addition to this the ServiceStack.Client library and NuGet package also include multiple service clients on Xamarin iOS, Android, Windows Store, Silverlight 5, WPF, etc which are optimized for consuming ServiceStack Services including built-in Error handling, Predefined Routes, Auto Batched Requests, etc.

ServiceStack Clients

Add ServiceStack Reference

You can also use ServiceStackVS's Add ServiceStack Reference feature for adding generated Native Types to client VS.NET C#, F# and VB.NET projects. This gives developers a consistent way of creating and updating your DTOs regardless of your language of choice.

Supported Languages


.NET Clients

There are multiple C# service clients included, each optimized for their respective formats:

ServiceStack HTTP Client Architecture

All clients share the same IServiceClient and IServiceClientAsync so they're easily swappable at runtime, and is what allows the same Unit test to be re-used as within an Xml, JSON, JSV, SOAP Integration test. The JSON, XML and JSV clients also share IRestClient and IRestClientAsync

What's the best way to expose our services to clients today?

Native language client libraries

A productive option for clients (and the recommended approach by ServiceStack) would be to provide a native client library for each of the popular languages you wish to support. This is the approach of companies who really, really want to help you use their services like Amazon, Facebook and Windows Azure. This is an especially good idea if you want to support static languages (i.e. C# and Java) where having typed client libraries saves end-users from reverse engineering the types and API calls. It also saves them having to look up documentation since a lot of it can be inferred from the type info. ServiceStack's and Amazons convention of having ServiceName and ServiceNameResponse for each service also saves users from continually checking documentation to work out what the response of each service will be.

Packaging client libraries

In terms of packaging your client libraries, sticking a link to a zip file on your Websites APIs documentation page would be the easiest approach. If the zip file was a link to a master archive of a Github repository, that would be better as you'll be able to accept bug fixes and usability tips from the community. Finally we believe the best way to make your client libraries available would be to host them in the target languages native package manager - letting end-users issue 1-command to automatically add it to their project, and another to easily update it when your service has changed.

Using NuGet

For .NET this means adding it to NuGet, and if you use ServiceStack your package would just need to contain your types with a reference to ServiceStack.Client. One of the benefits of using ServiceStack is that all your types are already created since it's what you used to define your web services with!

Community Resources



  1. Getting Started

    1. Creating your first project
    2. Create Service from scratch
    3. Your first webservice explained
    4. Example Projects Overview
    5. Learning Resources
  2. Designing APIs

    1. ServiceStack API Design
    2. Designing a REST-ful service with ServiceStack
    3. Simple Customer REST Example
    4. How to design a Message-Based API
    5. Software complexity and role of DTOs
  3. Reference

    1. Order of Operations
    2. The IoC container
    3. Configuration and AppSettings
    4. Metadata page
    5. Rest, SOAP & default endpoints
    6. SOAP support
    7. Routing
    8. Service return types
    9. Customize HTTP Responses
    10. Customize JSON Responses
    11. Plugins
    12. Validation
    13. Error Handling
    14. Security
    15. Debugging
    16. JavaScript Client Library (ss-utils.js)
  4. Clients

    1. Overview
    2. C#/.NET client
      1. .NET Core Clients
    3. Add ServiceStack Reference
      1. C# Add Reference
      2. F# Add Reference
      3. VB.NET Add Reference
      4. Swift Add Reference
      5. Java Add Reference
    4. Silverlight client
    5. JavaScript client
      1. Add TypeScript Reference
    6. Dart Client
    7. MQ Clients
  5. Formats

    1. Overview
    2. JSON/JSV and XML
    3. HTML5 Report Format
    4. CSV Format
    5. MessagePack Format
    6. ProtoBuf Format
  6. View Engines 4. Razor & Markdown Razor

    1. Markdown Razor
  7. Hosts

    1. IIS
    2. Self-hosting
    3. Messaging
    4. Mono
  8. Security

    1. Authentication
    2. Sessions
    3. Restricting Services
    4. Encrypted Messaging
  9. Advanced

    1. Configuration options
    2. Access HTTP specific features in services
    3. Logging
    4. Serialization/deserialization
    5. Request/response filters
    6. Filter attributes
    7. Concurrency Model
    8. Built-in profiling
    9. Form Hijacking Prevention
    10. Auto-Mapping
    11. HTTP Utils
    12. Dump Utils
    13. Virtual File System
    14. Config API
    15. Physical Project Structure
    16. Modularizing Services
    17. MVC Integration
    18. ServiceStack Integration
    19. Embedded Native Desktop Apps
    20. Auto Batched Requests
    21. Versioning
    22. Multitenancy
  10. Caching

  11. Caching Providers

  12. HTTP Caching

  13. CacheResponse Attribute

  14. Cache Aware Clients

  15. Auto Query

  16. Overview

  17. Why Not OData

  18. AutoQuery RDBMS

  19. AutoQuery Data

  20. AutoQuery Memory

  21. AutoQuery Service

  22. AutoQuery DynamoDB

  23. Server Events

    1. Overview
    2. JavaScript Client
    3. C# Server Events Client
    4. Redis Server Events
  24. Service Gateway

    1. Overview
    2. Service Discovery
  25. Encrypted Messaging

    1. Overview
    2. Encrypted Client
  26. Plugins

    1. Auto Query
    2. Server Sent Events
    3. Swagger API
    4. Postman
    5. Request logger
    6. Sitemaps
    7. Cancellable Requests
    8. CorsFeature
  27. Tests

    1. Testing
    2. HowTo write unit/integration tests
  28. ServiceStackVS

    1. Install ServiceStackVS
    2. Add ServiceStack Reference
    3. TypeScript React Template
    4. React, Redux Chat App
    5. AngularJS App Template
    6. React Desktop Apps
  29. Other Languages

    1. FSharp
      1. Add ServiceStack Reference
    2. VB.NET
      1. Add ServiceStack Reference
    3. Swift
    4. Swift Add Reference
    5. Java
      1. Add ServiceStack Reference
      2. Android Studio & IntelliJ
      3. Eclipse
  30. Amazon Web Services

  31. ServiceStack.Aws

  32. PocoDynamo

  33. AWS Live Demos

  34. Getting Started with AWS

  35. Deployment

    1. Deploy Multiple Sites to single AWS Instance
      1. Simple Deployments to AWS with WebDeploy
    2. Advanced Deployments with OctopusDeploy
  36. Install 3rd Party Products

    1. Redis on Windows
    2. RabbitMQ on Windows
  37. Use Cases

    1. Single Page Apps
    2. HTML, CSS and JS Minifiers
    3. Azure
    4. Connecting to Azure Redis via SSL
    5. Logging
    6. Bundling and Minification
    7. NHibernate
  38. Performance

    1. Real world performance
  39. Other Products

    1. ServiceStack.Redis
    2. ServiceStack.OrmLite
    3. ServiceStack.Text
  40. Future

    1. Roadmap
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