Could not find endpoint element with name ‘BasicHttpBinding_IService’ and contract ‘ServiceReference1.IService’ in the ServiceModel client configuration section. This might be because no configuration file was found for your application, or because no endpoint element matching this name could be found in the client element.

If you have architected your solution like the one below then very high chance you will have the error message above.




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Could not find Endpoint No configuration file


Key takeaway:


Copy the <system.serviceModel> section from app.config in class library project to web.config in Web Application





           <binding name=BasicHttpBinding_IService closeTimeout=00:01:00

             openTimeout=00:01:00 receiveTimeout=00:10:00 sendTimeout=00:01:00

             allowCookies=false bypassProxyOnLocal=false hostNameComparisonMode=StrongWildcard

             maxBufferSize=65536 maxBufferPoolSize=524288 maxReceivedMessageSize=65536

             messageEncoding=Text textEncoding=utf-8 transferMode=Buffered


           <readerQuotas maxDepth=32 maxStringContentLength=8192 maxArrayLength=16384

              maxBytesPerRead=4096 maxNameTableCharCount=16384 />

            <security mode=None>

               <transport clientCredentialType=None proxyCredentialType=None

                    realm=“” />

                <message clientCredentialType=UserName algorithmSuite=Default />






       <endpoint address=http://localhost/WCFService/Service.svc binding=basicHttpBinding

          bindingConfiguration=BasicHttpBinding_IService contract=ServiceReference1.IService

           name=BasicHttpBinding_IService />




Download the complete code from The sample file name is EndpointCannotFind.rar. My MSN ID is




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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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