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The data sent by using the ICapPublisher interface is called Message.

Compensating transaction

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In some cases, consumers need to return the execution value to tell the publisher, so that the publisher can implement some compensation actions, usually we called message compensation.

Usually you can notify the upstream by republishing a new message in the consumer code. CAP provides a simple way to do this. You can specify callbackName parameter when publishing message, usually this only applies to point-to-point consumption. The following is an example.

For example, in an e-commerce application, the initial status of the order is pending, and the status is marked as succeeded when the product quantity is successfully deducted, otherwise it is failed.

// =============  Publisher =================

    contentObj: new { OrderId = 1234, ProductId = 23255, Qty = 1 }, 
    callbackName: "place.order.mark.status");    

// publisher using `callbackName` to subscribe consumer result

public void MarkOrderStatus(JToken param)
    var orderId = param.Value<int>("OrderId");
    var isSuccess = param.Value<bool>("IsSuccess");

       //mark order status to succeeded
       //mark order status to failed

// =============  Consumer ===================

public object DeductProductQty(JToken param)
    var orderId = param.Value<int>("OrderId");
    var productId = param.Value<int>("ProductId");
    var qty = param.Value<int>("Qty");

    //business logic 

    return new { OrderId = orderId, IsSuccess = true };

Heterogeneous system integration

In version 3.0+, we reconstructed the message structure. We used the Header in the message protocol in the message queue to transmit some additional information, so that we can do it in the Body without modifying or packaging the user’s original The message data format and content are sent.

This approach is reasonable. It helps to better integrate in heterogeneous systems. Compared with previous versions, users do not need to know the message structure used inside CAP to complete the integration work.

Now we divide the message into Header and Body for transmission.

The data in the body is the content of the original message sent by the user, that is, the content sent by calling the Publish method. We do not perform any packaging, but send it to the message queue after serialization.

In the Header, we need to pass some additional information so that the CAP can extract the key features for operation when the message is received.

The following is the content that needs to be written into the header of the message when sending a message in a heterogeneous system:

Key DataType Description
cap-msg-id string Message Id, Generated by snowflake algorithm, can also be guid
cap-msg-name string The name of the message
cap-msg-type string The type of message, typeof(T).FullName(not required)
cap-senttime string sending time (not required)

Custom headers

To consume messages sent without CAP headers, both Kafka and RabbitMQ consumers can inject a minimal set of headers using custom headers as shown below:

container.AddCap(x =>
    x.UseRabbitMQ(z =>
        z.ExchangeName = "TestExchange";
        z.CustomHeaders = e => new List<KeyValuePair<string, string>>
            new KeyValuePair<string, string>(DotNetCore.CAP.Messages.Headers.MessageId, SnowflakeId.Default().NextId().ToString()),
            new KeyValuePair<string, string>(DotNetCore.CAP.Messages.Headers.MessageName, e.RoutingKey)

After adding cap-msg-id and cap-msg-name, CAP consumers receive messages sent directly from the RabbitMQ management tool.


After CAP receives a message, it sends the message to Transport(RabitMq, Kafka...), which is transported by transport.

When you send message using the ICapPublisher interface, CAP will dispatch message to the corresponding Transport. Currently, bulk messaging is not supported.

For more information on transports, see Transports section.


CAP will store the message after receiving it. For more information on storage, see the Storage section.


Retrying plays an important role in the overall CAP architecture design, CAP retry messages that fail to send or fail to execute. There are several retry strategies used throughout the CAP design process.

Send retry

During the message sending process, when the broker crashes or the connection fails or an abnormality occurs, CAP will retry the sending. Retry 3 times for the first time, retry every minute after 4 minutes, and +1 retry. When the total number of retries reaches 50,CAP will stop retrying.

You can adjust the total number of retries by setting FailedRetryCount in CapOptions.

It will stop when the maximum number of times is reached. You can see the reason for the failure in Dashboard and choose whether to manually retry.

Consumption retry

The consumer method is executed when the Consumer receives the message and will retry when an exception occurs. This retry strategy is the same as the send retry.

Data Cleanup

There is an ExpiresAt field in the database message table indicating the expiration time of the message. When the message is sent successfully, status will be changed to Successed, and ExpiresAt will be set to 1 day later.

Consuming failure will change the message status to Failed and ExpiresAt will be set to 15 days later.

By default, the data of the message in the table is deleted every hour to avoid performance degradation caused by too much data. The cleanup strategy ExpiresAt is performed when field is not empty and is less than the current time.

That is to say, the message with the status Failed (by default they have been retried 50 times), if you do not have manual intervention for 15 days, it will also be cleaned up.