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Dapr .NET SDK Development with Dapr CLI

Learn about local development with the Dapr CLI

Dapr CLI

Consider this to be a .NET companion to the Dapr Self-Hosted with Docker Guide.

The Dapr CLI provides you with a good base to work from by initializing a local redis container, zipkin container, the placement service, and component manifests for redis. This will enable you to work with the following building blocks on a fresh install with no additional setup:

You can run .NET services with dapr run as your strategy for developing locally. Plan on running one of these commands per-service in order to launch your application.

  • Pro: this is easy to set up since its part of the default Dapr installation
  • Con: this uses long-running docker containers on your machine, which might not be desirable
  • Con: the scalability of this approach is poor since it requires running a separate command per-service

Using the Dapr CLI

For each service you need to choose:

  • A unique app-id for addressing (app-id)
  • A unique listening port for HTTP (port)

You also should have decided on where you are storing components (components-path).

The following command can be run from multiple terminals to launch each service, with the respective values substituted.

dapr run --app-id <app-id> --app-port <port> --components-path <components-path> -- dotnet run -p <project> --urls http://localhost:<port>

Explanation: this command will use dapr run to launch each service and its sidecar. The first half of the command (before --) passes required configuration to the Dapr CLI. The second half of the command (after --) passes required configuration to the dotnet run command.

If any of your services do not accept HTTP traffic, then modify the command above by removing the --app-port and --urls arguments.

Next steps

If you need to debug, then use the attach feature of your debugger to attach to one of the running processes.

If you want to scale up this approach, then consider building a script which automates this process for your whole application.