.SVC File Extension

A .SVC file is a WCF Web Service File, created by Microsoft.

Open with Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). Available for Windows.

What is a .SVC file?

The .SVC file extension refers to a WCF Web Service File, which is a type of text file used in developing web services with the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) framework. This file contains specific information and instructions that tell a web server how to handle requests for a WCF service. The service is hosted and run using Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), a web server software that supports WCF.

An .SVC file includes a special directive, written in a format that looks like <% @ServiceHost Service="Namespace.ServiceTypeName" %>. This directive is crucial because it activates the WCF service when it receives incoming messages. Essentially, it tells the server how to find and start the service when needed.

The typical web address (URL) for accessing an .SVC file might be something like "http://localhost/Application1/MyService.svc". This URL is used to interact with the service hosted by the .SVC file.

To open or work with an .SVC file, you can use Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to host and manage the service. For editing or developing .SVC files, Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 or newer versions are suitable. These programs provide the necessary tools to create, modify, and debug WCF services defined in .SVC files.


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