Programmatically finding Binding Elements in WCF Binding

Binding is one of the important aspect of WCF Programming. It deals with, “How Service and client will talk to each other?” Binding is made up of different binding elements. When different binding elements are stacked together they form a Binding. Different binding types are made up of different binding elements.

Always a question arises that, “What are the different binding elements of a particular binding? “

And we can find solution of above question through code. What all we need to do

1. Create instance of Binding

2. Enumerate through Binding elements.

We are going to create console application to enumerate through all the binding elements in a binding.

Add below references in console application project,


We are going to write a function. This function will take object of a Binding as input parameter and prints all the binding elements.



Above function is very simple, just enumerating above all the binding elements.

We may call above function as below,


Full source code is as below,


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.ServiceModel;
using System.ServiceModel.Channels; 

namespace ConsoleApplication10
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)

            EnumerateBindingElements(new BasicHttpBinding());
            EnumerateBindingElements(new NetMsmqBinding());
            EnumerateBindingElements(new WSHttpBinding());


        static void EnumerateBindingElements(Binding binding)
            Console.WriteLine("Binding : " + binding.GetType().Name);
            BindingElementCollection bindingElements = binding.CreateBindingElements();
            foreach (BindingElement e in bindingElements)





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