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A tool that manages complex Service Fabric application packaging process.


Service Fabric Packager is a tool that helps you with more advanced SF Packaging scenarions. Current list of features includes:

  • Auto-discovers SF Application projects in a folder
  • Tracks changes in a package (code/config/data) for each of the Service Fabric Services found.
  • Does partial packaging and updates all the manifests with correct versions
  • Keeps an external history of what packages changed (Azure Blob)
  • Supports external configuration of manifests (Azure Blob).

How to build

Clone repo

cd src\SFPackager
dotnet restore
dotnet build -c Debug
dotnet publish -c Debug

You'll then end up with the compiled code in bin\CONFIGURATION\netcoreapp1.0\PLATFORM\publish

How to use

To create a local package, first build your solution. Then run sfpackager.exe -l -p "c:\path\to\configfolder" -f "" -s "c:\path\to\SF\solution.sln" -b "Debug\Release" -i "custom-version-tag"

The config folder is a folder on your local drive that the packager will store the version map in and also read the config file from. The is the config file for the packager. It should be in the configfolder. An example will be provided below. The custom-version-tag is a string that will be added behind the rolling version number. We use the current git commit hash.

Config file example

  "Cluster": {
    "Endpoint": "localhost",
    "Port": 19080
  "ExternalIncludes": [
      "ApplicationTypeName": "AppTypeName",
      "ServiceManifestName": "ServiceName",
      "PackageName": "Config",
      "SourceFileName": "myconfig.json",
      "TargetFileName": "config.json",
      "Source": "notused"
  "Https": [
  "Endpoints": [
      "ApplicationTypeName": "ApiType",
      "ServiceManifestName": "ServiceName",
      "EndpointName": "ServiceEndpointHttp",
      "Port": 80,
      "Protocol": "http",
      "Type": "Input"

ExternalIncludes are files to copy in from your configfolder to a sub package during the packaging process. Endpoints is what endpoints to configure during packaging. Https is what certs to configure during packaging. Example of this will be provided later.

Actual useful information

Tracking changes

For the change tracking to work properly, all your Service Fabric projects must be built with the deterministic flag enabled in Roslyn (see When the packager is run, it will compute a hash of all files in each package folder (Data, Config & Code). It will use these hashes to determine if a package has changed.

Packaging and version updates

Service Fabric packager will connect to your cluster and get the versions of the currently deployed applications (this is a bit simplistic today). Based on what it finds, it will then select the next version number. When it starts packaging, it will load the version map of the currently running versions. Based on that, it'll compare the local package hashes against the version map for the current version and determine what to package. The version map also contains the current version of all the things, so it knows what version to assign to the different Applications, Services and Packages.