WCF Custom Header with Silverlight

In my previous post “Client Additional Parameters using Custom Headers in WCF“, I discussed about passing additional parameters from client in SOAP header with WCF service by implementing IClientMessageInspector, IEndPointBehavior and BehaviorExtensionElement.

I am really glad to know that it help some of you. However, I have received some queries from readers for implementing custom headers with Silverlight client which I am going to discuss in this post.

While working on Silverlight client, we have limited framework available and to implement custom headers there are some slight changes:

  1. Instead of App.config or Web.config, you have ServiceReference.ClientConfig
  2. MessageHeader (Generic) class is not available instead you can use MessageHeader class
  3. There is no BehaviorExtensionElement class available in Silverlight 4 Runtime
  4. Since there is no BehaviorExtensionElement class, therefore you cannot define extension in .config file
  5. You need to programmatically bind/add custom endpoint behavior

I have pasted the code snippet below, that would work fine with Silverlight 4 client to pass custom header to WCF service.


   1:  public class MyMessageInspector : IClientMessageInspector
   2:  {
   3:      #region IClientMessageInspector Members
   5:      public void AfterReceiveReply(ref Message reply,
   6:                                      object correlationState)
   7:      {
   8:          Debug.WriteLine("SOAP Response: {0}", reply.ToString());
   9:      }
  11:      public object BeforeSendRequest(ref Message request,
  12:                                      IClientChannel channel)
  13:      {
  14:          const string STR_Customer_Unique_Id = "Customer Unique Id: 12345";
  15:          var header = MessageHeader.CreateHeader("Identity", 
  16:                                                  "http://www.adilmughal.com", 
  17:                                                  STR_Customer_Unique_Id);
  18:          request.Headers.Add(header);
  19:          Debug.WriteLine("SOAP Request: {0}", request.ToString());
  20:          return null;
  21:      }
  22:      #endregion
  23:  }

Note that the header is now created (see line 15) using simple MessageHeader class.


   1:  public class CustomBehavior : IEndpointBehavior
   2:  {
   3:      #region IEndpointBehavior Members
   5:      public void AddBindingParameters(ServiceEndpoint endpoint,
   6:                                          BindingParameterCollection bindingParameters)
   7:      {
   8:      }
  10:      public void ApplyClientBehavior(ServiceEndpoint endpoint,
  11:                                      ClientRuntime clientRuntime)
  12:      {
  13:          clientRuntime.MessageInspectors.Add(new MyMessageInspector());
  14:      }
  16:      public void ApplyDispatchBehavior(ServiceEndpoint endpoint,
  17:                                          EndpointDispatcher endpointDispatcher)
  18:      {
  19:      }
  21:      public void Validate(
  22:          ServiceEndpoint endpoint)
  23:      {
  24:      }
  25:      #endregion
  26:  }

You may have observed that in contrast to previously discussed solution in last post, we are not implementing BehaviorExtensionElement any more.

Adding Behavior to Proxy

ServiceProxy.TestServiceClient proxy = new ServiceProxy.TestServiceClient();
proxy.Endpoint.Behaviors.Add(new CustomBehavior());

Without BehaviorExtensionElement, we cannot define custom endpoint behavior in .config file so need to plug it programmatically.

That is all. You may download code sample-LINK TO CODE. Hope this helps. If you have somewhat different solution, please do share.