November 13, 2018

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Cross-platform .NET sample microservices and container based application that runs on Linux Windows and macOS. Powered by .NET Core 3.0, Docker Containers and Azure Kubernetes Services. Supports Visual Studio, VS for Mac and CLI based environments with Docker CLI, dotnet CLI, VS Code or any other code editor.

repo name dotnet-architecture/eShopOnContainers
repo link
language C#
size (curr.) 644136 kB
stars (curr.) 12958
created 2016-10-05
license MIT License

.NET Microservices Sample Reference Application

Sample .NET Core reference application, powered by Microsoft, based on a simplified microservices architecture and Docker containers.

Azure DevOps - Build Status

Image Status Image Status
Api Gateway (base) Api Gateways base image Shopping Aggregator (Web) Web Shopping Aggregator
Basket API Basket API Shopping Aggregator (Mobile) Mobile Shopping Aggregator
Catalog API Catalog API Web Client (MVC) WebMVC Client
Identity API Identity API Web Client (SPA) WebSPA Client
Location API Location API Web Status (Health) Web Status
Marketing API Marketing API Webhooks API Webhooks API
Ordering API Ordering API Webhooks Client Webhooks demo client
Payment API Payment API

Dev branch contains the latest beta code and their images are tagged with :dev in our Docker Hub

Getting Started

eShopOnContainers is provided in two flavors: Basic and Advanced.

Basic scenario

The basic scenario can be run locally using docker compose, and also deployed to a local Kubernetes cluster. Refer these Wiki pages to Get Started:

Advanced scenario

The Advanced scenario can be run only in a Kubernetes cluster. Currently this scenario is the same as basic scenario with the following differences:

In the future more features will be implemented in the advanced scenario.


You can use either the latest version of Visual Studio or simply Docker CLI and .NET CLI for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Note for Pull Requests (PRs): We accept pull request from the community. When doing it, please do it onto the DEV branch which is the consolidated work-in-progress branch. Do not request it onto master branch.

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Updated for .NET Core 3.1 (LTS)

eShopOnContainers is updated to .NET Core 3.1 “wave” of technologies. Not just compilation but also new recommended code in EF Core, ASP.NET Core, and other new related versions and a several significant changes.

See more details in the Release notes wiki page.

PLEASE Read our branch guide to know about our branching policy


IMPORTANT: The current state of this sample application is BETA, because we are constantly evolving towards newly released technologies. Therefore, many areas could be improved and change significantly while refactoring the current code and implementing new features. Feedback with improvements and pull requests from the community will be highly appreciated and accepted.

Architecture overview

This reference application is cross-platform at the server and client side, thanks to .NET Core services capable of running on Linux or Windows containers depending on your Docker host, and to Xamarin for mobile apps running on Android, iOS or Windows/UWP plus any browser for the client web apps. The architecture proposes a microservice oriented architecture implementation with multiple autonomous microservices (each one owning its own data/db) and implementing different approaches within each microservice (simple CRUD vs. DDD/CQRS patterns) using Http as the communication protocol between the client apps and the microservices and supports asynchronous communication for data updates propagation across multiple services based on Integration Events and an Event Bus (a light message broker, to choose between RabbitMQ or Azure Service Bus, underneath) plus other features defined at the roadmap.

You can find the related reference Guide/eBook focusing on architecting and developing containerized and microservice based .NET Applications (download link available below) which explains in detail how to develop this kind of architectural style (microservices, Docker containers, Domain-Driven Design for certain microservices) plus other simpler architectural styles, like monolithic apps that can also live as Docker containers.

There are also additional eBooks focusing on Containers/Docker lifecycle (DevOps, CI/CD, etc.) with Microsoft Tools, already published plus an additional eBook focusing on Enterprise Apps Patterns with Xamarin.Forms. You can download them and start reviewing these Guides/eBooks here:

Architecting & Developing Containers Lifecycle & CI/CD App patterns with Xamarin.Forms
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For more free e-Books check out .NET Architecture center. If you have an e-book feedback, let us know by creating a new issue here:

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Sending feedback and pull requests

Read the planned Roadmap within the Wiki for further info about possible new implementations and provide feedback at the ISSUES section if you’d like to see any specific scenario implemented or improved. Also, feel free to discuss on any current issue.

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