# Connection string

Many of the EventStoreConnection.Create overloads accept a connection string that you can use to control settings of the connection. A benefit to having these as a connection string instead of using the fluent API is that you can change them between environments without recompiling (i.e. a single node in dev and a cluster in production).

Here are all available overloads for the Create methods of the EventStoreConnection class, which use the connection string:

Method Description
Create(string connectionString) Connects to EventStoreDB with settings from connection string
Create(string connectionString, ConnectionSettingsBuilder builder) Connects to EventStoreDB by merging connection string settings with pre-populated builder for additional settings

The connection string format should look familiar to those who have used connection strings in the past. It consists of a series of key/value pairs separated by semicolons.

You can set the following values using the connection string:

Name Format Description
ConnectTo A URI in format described above to connect to The URI to connect to
GossipSeeds Comma separated list of ip:port A list of seeds to try to discover from
ClusterDns String The DNS name of the cluster for discovery
ExternalGossipPort Integer The port to try to gossip on
DefaultUserCredentials String in format username:password The default credentials for the connection
MaxQueueSize Integer Maximum number of outstanding operations
MaxConcurrentItems Integer Maximum number of concurrent async operations
MaxRetries Integer Maximum number of retry attempts
MaxReconnections Integer The maximum number of times to try reconnecting
RequireMaster True/false If set the server will only process if it is master
ReconnectionDelay Integer (milliseconds) The delay before attempting to reconnect
OperationTimeout Integer (milliseconds) The time before considering an operation timed out
OperationTimeoutCheckPeriod Integer (milliseconds) The frequency in which to check timeouts
UseSslConnection True/false Whether to use SSL for this connection
TargetHost String The hostname expected on the certificate
ValidateServer True/false Whether to validate the remote server
FailOnNoServerResponse True/False Whether to fail on no server response
HeartbeatInterval Integer (milliseconds) The interval at which to send the server a heartbeat
HeartbeatTimeout Integer (milliseconds) The amount of time to receive a heartbeat response before timing out
MaxDiscoverAttempts Integer The maximum number of attempts to try to discover the cluster
GossipTimeout Integer (milliseconds) The amount of time before timing out a gossip response
VerboseLogging True/false Enables verbose logging

You can specify only one of ConnectTo, ClusterDns and GossipSeeds. Also, you'd only need to define ExternalGossipPort if you connect to the cluster using the DNS name (ClusterDns). The gossip port is usually the external HTTP port. When connecting to the cluster using GossipSeeds, you need to specify the gossip port for each node address in the list of seeds.


You can also use spacing instead of camel casing in your connection string.

var connectionString = "ConnectTo=tcp://admin:changeit@localhost:1113; HeartBeatTimeout=500"

Sets the connection string to connect to localhost on the default port and sets the heartbeat timeout to 500ms.

var connectionString = "Connect To = tcp://admin:changeit@localhost:1113; HeartBeat Timeout = 500"

Using spaces:

var connectionString = "ConnectTo=discover://admin:changeit@mycluster:3114; HeartBeatTimeout=500"

Tells the connection to try gossiping to a manager node found under the DNS mycluster at port 3114 to connect to the cluster.

var connectionString = "GossipSeeds=,; HeartBeatTimeout=500"

Tells the connection to try gossiping to the gossip seeds or on port '1111' to discover information about the cluster.


You can also use the ConnectionString class to return a ConnectionSettings object.

Last Updated: 8/31/2020, 9:10:29 PM