MassTransit is written in C# and requires a compatible .NET framework. MassTransit is built and tested with .NET 4.5, and the shipped assemblies target this version. Visual Studio 2015 is used, and the new C# 6 syntax is used.

For comparison, my development machines is a MacBook Pro hosting a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine (via VMware Fusion), with Visual Studio 2015 and Resharper 9.x installed. My secondary rig is a Razer Blade running Windows 10, which also works just fine.

Note: With the release of Mono 4.0, and the upcoming release of .NET Core, MassTransit will be soon target both Windows and Mac/Linux applications. At this time, however, this has not been fully tested by the primary contributors.


MassTransit leverages existing message transports, so you will need to have a supported transport installed.

In Memory

The in memory transport is included with MassTransit. No additional software is required.


To use RabbitMQ, download and install the version appropriate for your operating system. Once the broker is installed, enable some additional plug-ins for management and message tracking.

rabbitmq-plugins.bat enable rabbitmq_management

Then, install the MassTransit.RabbitMQ package in your project and follow the RabbitMQ configuration guide.

Azure Service Bus

Azure Service Busis a generic, cloud-based messaging system for connecting just about anything—applications, services, and devices—wherever they are. Connect apps running on Azure, on-premises systems, or both. You can even use Service Bus to connect household appliances, sensors, and other devices like tablets or phones to a central application or to each other.

To use Azure Service Bus with MassTransit, install the MassTransit.AzureServiceBus package in your project and follow the Service Bus configuration guide.

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