Tutorial :WCF Error - Could not find default endpoint element that references contract 'UserService.UserService'


Any ideas how to fix this?

UserService.UserServiceClient userServiceClient = new UserServiceClient();              userServiceClient.GetUsersCompleted += new EventHandler<GetUsersCompletedEventArgs>(userServiceClient_GetUsersCompleted);              userServiceClient.GetUsersAsync(searchString);  


<system.serviceModel>      <bindings>          <basicHttpBinding>              <binding name="BasicHttpBinding_UserService"                        maxBufferSize="2147483647"                        maxReceivedMessageSize="2147483647">                  <security mode="None" />              </binding>          </basicHttpBinding>      </bindings>      <client>          <endpoint address="http://localhost:52185/UserService.svc"                     binding="basicHttpBinding"                     bindingConfiguration="BasicHttpBinding_UserService"                     contract="UserService.UserService"                    name="BasicHttpBinding_UserService" />      </client>      <behaviors>          <serviceBehaviors>              <behavior name="Shell.Silverlight.Web.Service3Behavior">                  <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true" />                  <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="false" />              </behavior>          </serviceBehaviors>      </behaviors>      <serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled="true"/>      <services>          <service behaviorConfiguration="Shell.Silverlight.Web.Service3Behavior"                    name="Shell.Silverlight.Web.Service3">              <endpoint address=""                         binding="basicHttpBinding"                         contract="Shell.Silverlight.Web.Service3" />              <endpoint address="mex"                         binding="mexHttpBinding"                         contract="IMetadataExchange" />          </service>      </services>  </system.serviceModel>  

Could not find default endpoint element that references contract 'UserService.UserService' in the ServiceModel client configuration section. This might be because no configuration file was found for your application, or because no endpoint element matching this contract could be found in the client element.


I didn't mention that this was a Silverlight application. I had the wcf reference in a DLL which had it's own "ServiceReferences.ClientConfig" file. I moved the contents of the DLL's ServiceReferences.ClientConfig to the main silverlight project and it worked.


I had a run in with the same problem. My application was also a Silverlight application and the service was being called from a class library with a custom UserControl that was being used in it.

The solution is simple. Copy the endpoint definitions from the config file (e.g. ServiceReferences.ClientConfig) of the class library to the config file of the silverlight application. I know you'd expect it to work without having to do this, but apparently someone in Redmond had a vacation that day.


You can also set these values programatically in the class library, this will avoid unnecessary movement of the config files across the library. The example code for simple BasciHttpBinding is -

BasicHttpBinding basicHttpbinding = new BasicHttpBinding(BasicHttpSecurityMode.None);  basicHttpbinding.Name = "BasicHttpBinding_YourName";  basicHttpbinding.Security.Transport.ClientCredentialType = HttpClientCredentialType.None;  basicHttpbinding.Security.Message.ClientCredentialType = BasicHttpMessageCredentialType.UserName;    EndpointAddress endpointAddress = new EndpointAddress("http://<Your machine>/Service1/Service1.svc");  Service1Client proxyClient = new Service1Client(basicHttpbinding,endpointAddress);  


Just in case anyone hits the same problem whilst using WPF (rather than WCF or Silverlight):

I had this error, when connecting to a Web Service. When my code was in the "main" WPF Application solution, no problem, it worked perfectly. But when I moved the code to the more sensible DAL-layer solution, it would throw the exception.

Could not find default endpoint element that references contract 'MyWebService.MyServiceSoap' in the ServiceModel client configuration section. This might be because no configuration file was found for your application, or because no endpoint element matching this contract could be found in the client element.

As has been stated by "Sprite" in this thread, you need to manually copy the tag.

For WPF apps, this means copying the tag from the app.config in my DAL solution to the app.config in the main WPF Application solution.


I ran into the same issue, for whatever reason Visual Studio did not update the web config when I first added the service. I found that updating the Service Reference also fixed this issue.


  1. Navigate to the Service Reference Folder
  2. Expand it
  3. Right Click and Select update Service Reference
  4. Observe web Config be updated


Change the web.config of WCF service as "endpoint address="" binding="basicHttpBinding"..." (previously binding="wsHttpBinding")After build the app, in "ServiceReferences.ClientConfig" ""configuration> has the value. Then it will work fine.


Rename the output.config produced by svcutil.exe to app.config. it worked for me.


Do you have an Interface that your "UserService" class implements.

Your endpoints should specify an interface for the contract attribute:



Not sure if this is an issue. Endpoint and binding both have the same name


Not sure if it's really a problem, but I see you have the same name for your binding configuration ().

I usually try to call my endpoints something like "UserServiceBasicHttp" or something similar (the "Binding" really doesn't have anything to do here), and I try to call my binding configurations something with "....Configuration", e.g. "UserServiceDefaultBinding", to avoid any potential name clashes.



Had to add the service in the calling App.config file to have it work. Make sure that you but it after all . This seemed to work for me.


This problem occures when you use your service via other application.If application has config file just add your service config information to this file. In my situation there wasn't any config file so I use this technique and it worked fine.Just store url address in application,read it and using BasicHttpBinding() method send it to service application as parameter.This is simple demonstration how I did it:

Configuration config = new Configuration(dataRowSet[0]["ServiceUrl"].ToString());    var remoteAddress = new System.ServiceModel.EndpointAddress(config.Url);      SimpleService.PayPointSoapClient client =       new SimpleService.PayPointSoapClient(new System.ServiceModel.BasicHttpBinding(),       remoteAddress);  SimpleService.AccountcredResponse response = client.AccountCred(request);  


For those who work with AX 2012 AIF services and try to call there C# or VB project inside AX (x++) and suffer from such errors of "could not find default endpoint"... or "no contract found" ... go back to your visual studio (c#) project and add these lines before defining your service client, then deploy the project and restart AX client and retry: Note, the example is for NetTcp adapter, you could easily use any other adapter instead according to your need.

 Uri Address = new Uri("net.tcp://your-server:Port>/DynamicsAx/Services/your-port-name");   NetTcpBinding Binding = new NetTcpBinding();   EndpointAddress EndPointAddr = new EndpointAddress(Address);   SalesOrderServiceClient Client = new SalesOrderServiceClient(Binding, EndPointAddr);  


In case if you are using WPF application using PRISM framework then configuration should exist in your start up project (i.e. in the project where your bootstrapper resides.)

In short just remove it from the class library and put into a start up project.

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