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Author: Paolo Salvatori (@babosbird)
Collaborators: Sean Feldman (@sfeldman) and Erik Mogensen (@koltrast)
Contributors: Many

Service Bus Explorer

The Service Bus Explorer allows users to efficiently administer messaging entities. The tool provides advanced features like import/export functionality and the ability to test topic, queues, subscriptions, relay services, notification hubs and events hubs.

Service Bus Explorer


Using Chocolatey

choco install ServiceBusExplorer

The default location of the executable is C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\ServiceBusExplorer\tools\ServiceBusExplorer.exe.

More information on our Chocolatey page.

Using GitHub

curl -s | grep browser_download_url | cut -d '"' -f 4


There are no dedicated developers so development is entirely based on voluntary effort.

Here are some guidelines concerning contributions:

  • All contributions should be done on master.
  • Every pull request is built by GitHub Actions and should preferably be linked to a GitHub issue.
  • Write unit tests, if applicable.
  • We have started to migrate from the old SDK to the latest SDKs for Service Bus, Event Hubs, Relay and Notification Hubs. Therefore, new classes should not depend on the old SDK unless absolutely necessary.

Development Environment

Visual Studio 2022 17.2.4 or later is required to build the solution.

When editing UI elements Visual Studio should run as a DPI-unaware process. For more information about this, see the Visual Studio documentation. In Visual Studio 2022 the informational bar looks like this AutoscalingTurnedOff when it is running as a DPI-unaware process.

Azure Service Bus

Microsoft Azure Service Bus is a reliable information delivery service. The purpose of this service is to make communication easier. When two or more parties want to exchange information, they need a communication facilitator. Service Bus is a brokered, or third-party communication mechanism. This is similar to a postal service in the physical world. Postal services make it very easy to send different kinds of letters and packages with a variety of delivery guarantees, anywhere in the world.

Similar to the postal service delivering letters, Service Bus is flexible information delivery from both the sender and the recipient. The messaging service ensures that the information is delivered even if the two parties are never both online at the same time, or if they aren't available at the exact same time. In this way, messaging is similar to sending a letter, while non-brokered communication is similar to placing a phone call (or how a phone call used to be - before call waiting and caller ID, which are much more like brokered messaging).

The message sender can also require a variety of delivery characteristics including transactions, duplicate detection, time-based expiration, and batching. These patterns have postal analogies as well: repeat delivery, required signature, address change, or recall.

For more information, feel free to read the official documentation here.

Service Bus Explorer for Windows Server

The Service Bus Explorer 2.1.0 can be used with the Service Bus for Windows Server 1.1. The Service Bus Explorer 2.1.0 uses a version of the Microsoft.ServiceBus.dll client library which is compatible with the Service Bus for Windows Server 1.1 RTM version. You can download the source code of the Service Bus Explorer 2.1.0 here.


Here you can find the tool documentation and a log of the features implemented over time.


For more information on how to use the Service Bus Explorer, see the following videos on Channel9:

Alternative Service Bus Management Tools

Service Bus Explorer is only one of the management tools available for Azure Service Bus.

Here are a couple of alternatives. We do not take responsibility for them though:

  • Microsoft Azure Management Portal (SaaS, web based, extremely basic)
  • Serverless360 (paid with free trial, SaaS, web based)
  • PowerShell (Documentation)
  • Purple Explorer _(free, open source, cross platform)
  • Superbus (paid with a free trial, macOS)
  • Service Bus Cloud Explorer (paid with a free basic plan, SaaS, web based)
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