PersonThing PersonThing - 1 year ago 283
JSON Question

SignalR .NET Core camelCase JSON Contract Resolver

Using .NET Core RC2. Got SignalR working, but trying to get it returning camelCase properties in JSON.

For APIs I'm using...

services.AddMvc().AddJsonOptions(o => {
o.SerializerSettings.ContractResolver = new CamelCasePropertyNamesContractResolver();

Maybe there's just nothing in place yet for SignalR (after all, it's not even supposed to work yet...), but wondering if anyone's figured it out yet? I've tried a few things like...

services.AddTransient<IContractResolver, CamelCasePropertyNamesContractResolver>();

... but no go.

Anyone got this working yet?

Answer Source

Based on this issue from the SignalR Core repository, there is no native way of doing this as of right now, but you can create a custom contract resolver as indicated in this comment on an old SignalR issue.

Since that thread is for SignalR 2.2.0, let's make it work for SignalR Core.

using System;
using System.Reflection;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.SignalR.Infrastructure;
using Newtonsoft.Json.Serialization;

    public class SignalRContractResolver : IContractResolver
        private readonly Assembly _assembly;
        private readonly IContractResolver _camelCaseContractResolver;
        private readonly IContractResolver _defaultContractSerializer;

        public SignalRContractResolver()
            _defaultContractSerializer = new DefaultContractResolver();
            _camelCaseContractResolver = new CamelCasePropertyNamesContractResolver();
            _assembly = typeof(Connection).GetTypeInfo().Assembly;

        public JsonContract ResolveContract(Type type)
            if (type.GetTypeInfo().Assembly.Equals(_assembly))
                return _defaultContractSerializer.ResolveContract(type);

            return _camelCaseContractResolver.ResolveContract(type);


What happens here is that you cannot use the camel case contract resolver for the SignalR internals, because it would break the communication with the client.

So every time we resolve a contract in the ResolveContract method we have to check the assembly of the type currently resolved and check wether it is SignalR internal. If not, then we can resolve the contract using camel case.

At this point, we need to register this contract resolver in the framework.

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
        var settings = new JsonSerializerSettings();
        settings.ContractResolver = new SignalRContractResolver();

        var serializer = JsonSerializer.Create(settings);

        services.Add(new ServiceDescriptor(typeof(JsonSerializer), 
                                           provider => serializer,

        // register other services like SignalR, MVC and custom services

Best of luck!