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NAME: Self-Contained Dependencies Management

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NAME is a service dependencies management library designed to expose and access services information, written in C#.

Its goal is to make it easier and simpler to detect service dependencies problems in a world where there are more and more services per application. It provides human and machine friendly dependencies information without the need for external tools.

Main Features

  • Self-contained
  • Developer friendly service dependencies definition
  • Human and machine readable service dependencies status
  • Deep dependencies health checks
  • Third-party service dependencies checks
  • Support for optional central registration
  • .Net Core and .NET 4.5+ compatible

Getting Started

Installing on ASP.NET Web API

  1. Install the Nuget Package
    Install-Package NAME.WebApi

The configuration file is present in App_Start/NAMEConfig.cs and the dependencies definition file is dependencies.json.

  1. Start the application and access the /manifest endpoint. It should show the dependencies state.

Installing on ASP.NET Core

  1. Install the NuGet package
    Install-Package NAME.AspNetCore
  1. Add the NAME middleware in the Configure method of your Startup.cs file.
// NAME middleware should be registered first so that the custom
// header is set before any other middleware has a chance to 
// send a response.
app.UseNAME(config =>
    Assembly a = typeof(Startup).GetTypeInfo().Assembly;
    config.APIName = a.GetName().Name;
    config.APIVersion = a.GetName().Version.ToString();
    // Comment the next line if you don't use the default Asp.Net Core IConfiguration interface.
    config.Configuration = Configuration;
  1. Create the dependencies.json file at the root of the project, the following example is a good starting point.
  "$schema": "",
  "infrastructure_dependencies": [
      "os_name": "debian",
      "type": "OperatingSystem",
      "min_version": "8",
      "max_version": "*"
  "service_dependencies": [
      "name": "Internal Service",
      "min_version": "1.2.53",
      "max_version": "1.8",
      "connection_string": {
        "locator": "IConfiguration",
        "key": "ConnectionStrings:InternalServiceUri"
  1. Start the application and access the /manifest endpoint. It should show the dependencies state.

Non-Web Applications

For applications without a web server we created a SelfHost solution. You can read how to install NAME on those applications at Using NAME On Non Web Applications.


See the Wiki for full documentation, examples, operational details and other information.

Building and testing

We define our build using Cake, this allows us to define a common ground for developers on different operating systems, but it requires .Net 4.5 or Mono 4.2.3, so make sure you have those dependencies setup.

Bootstrap scripts are provided for both Windows and Linux environments. Keep in mind that not all tests will run on Linux, because some projects are targeting .NET 4.5+.

To build and run unit tests on Windows execute the command:

powershell ./build.ps1

To build and run unit tests on Linux execute the command:



We really appreciate your interest in contributing to NAME. 👍

All we ask is that you follow some simple guidelines, so please read the for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests.

Thank you, contributors!


Copyright © NOS Inovação.

This project is licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License - see the LICENSE file for details