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Learning Dapr: Simple Dotnet Core "Hello World"

mkokabi profile image Mohsen Kokabi ・3 min read

Dapr is an event-driven, portable runtime for building microservices on cloud and edge.
There is a Hello World sample in the documentation of Dapr but it's using node and python and persisting the state. While, it's showcasing the capabilities of Dapr but it might be too much for start.

Here in few step I would present a minimized version:

Step 1. Creating a dotnet web api and adding Dapr.

dotnet new webapi -o dapr.sample.webapi
cd .\dapr.sample.webapi\
dotnet add package Dapr.AspNetCore --version 0.3.0-preview01

In startup.cs:
in ConfigureService method


and in Configure method before MapControllers()


As I have another application running on my port 5000. I have to modify my launchSettings.json.

"applicationUrl": "http://localhost:5020"

Add this controller

using Dapr;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
using System;

namespace dapr.sample.webapi.Controllers
    public class SampleController : ControllerBase
        public ActionResult<string> Get()
            Console.WriteLine("Hello, World.");
            return "World";

Step 2: Running the application

Make sure you are in the project folder. Then run:

dapr run --app-id sample --app-port 5020 --port 5030 dotnet run

Note: The app-id can be anything but you need it to invoke the methods through Dapr.

Now your application should be running on port 5020 while dapr is running on port 5030.

Step 3: Testing the application

First let's test the application itself:


should show in the same window


and in the dapr running window should show:

== APP == Hello, World.

Step 5: Testing Dapr

Now we can test dapr

curl http://localhost:5030/v1.0/invoke/sample/method/hello

which should have the same output in both windows.
the sample is the dapr app id and hello is the topic.

In addition to the invoke, dapr provides 2 other path as StatePath and PublishPath.

public const string StatePath = "/v1.0/state";
public const string InvokePath = "/v1.0/invoke";
public const string PublishPath = "/v1.0/publish";

We would show the former one but the later one is related to Pub/Sub invoke which would be in another post.

Part 2

Now, we are going to have the state persistent.

Add these to the controller:

        const string StateKey = "STATE_KEY";

        public async Task<ActionResult<int>> Add(
                        [FromBody]int x,
                        [FromServices] StateClient stateClient)
            var state = await stateClient.GetStateEntryAsync<int?>(StateKey);
            state.Value ??= (int?)0;
            state.Value += x;
            await state.SaveAsync();

            return state.Value;

restart the dapr and test it with powershell, postman or curl

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri '' `
-ContentType application/json `
-Method Post `
-Body 1

The output would be like

StatusCode        : 200
StatusDescription : OK
Content           : 11
RawContent        : HTTP/1.1 200 OK
                    Transfer-Encoding: chunked
                    Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
                    Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2020 04:47:14 GMT
                    Server: Kestrel

Forms             : {}
Headers           : {[Transfer-Encoding, chunked], [Content-Type, application/json; charset=utf-8], [Date, Thu, 06 Feb
                    2020 04:47:14 GMT], [Server, Kestrel]}
Images            : {}
InputFields       : {}
Links             : {}
ParsedHtml        : mshtml.HTMLDocumentClass
RawContentLength  : 2

Testing the dapr would be similar:

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri 'http://localhost:5030/v1.0/invoke/sample/method/add' `
-ContentType application/json `
-Method Post `
-Body 1

If we want to only get the state, we can call:

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri 'http://localhost:5030/v1.0/state/STATE_KEY' `
-Method Get

The STATE_KEY is the constant that we defined in the code.

Dependency Injection

The StateClient which was injected to the method, could be moved to the constructor:

        StateClient stateClient;
        public SampleController([FromServices] StateClient stateClient)
            this.stateClient = stateClient;

then it should be called with this

var state = await this.stateClient.GetStateEntryAsync<int?>(StateKey);

The source can be found in github


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