MultiTenant Strategies

A multitenant strategy is responsible for defining how the tenant is determined. It ultimately produces an identifier string which is used to create a TenantInfo object with information from the MultiTenant store.

Finbuckle.MultiTenant supports several "out-of-the-box" strategies for resolving the tenant. Custom strategies can be created by implementing IMultiTenantStrategy. Internally strategies are registered as singleton services.


All multitenant strategies derive from IMultiTenantStrategy and must implement the GetIdentifier method.

If an identifier can't be determined, GetIdentifierAsync should return null which will ultimately result in a null TenantInfo.

Configure a custom implementation of IMultiTenantStrategy by calling WithStrategy<T> or WithStrategy after AddMultiTenant in the ConfigureServices method of the Startup class. The templated version will use dependency injection and any passed parameters to construct the implementation instance. The non-templated version accepts a Func<IServiceProvider, IMultiTenantStrategy> factory method for even more customization.

// Register a custom strategy with the templated method.
services.AddMultiTenant().WithStrategy<MyStrat>(myParam1, myParam2)...

// Or register a custom strategy with the non-templated method which accepts a factory method.
services.AddMultiTenant().WithStrategy( sp => return new MyStrat())...

Static Strategy

Always uses the same identifier to resolve the tenant.

If using with ASP.NET Core, configure by calling WithStaticStrategy after AddMultiTenant in the ConfigureServices method of the Startup class and passing in the identifier to use for tenant resolution:


Base Path Strategy

Uses the base (i.e. first) path segment to determine the tenant. For example, a request to "" would use "contoso" as the identifier when retreiving the TenantInfo.

Configure by calling WithBasePathStrategy after AddMultiTenant in the ConfigureServices method of the Startup class:


Route Strategy

Uses the __tenant__ route parameter (or a specified route parameter) to determine the tenant. For example, a request to "" and a route configuration of {__tenant__}/{controller=Home}/{action=Index} would use "contoso" as the identifier when resolving the tenant. The __tenant__ parameter can be placed anywhere in the route path configuration.

Configure by calling WithRouteStrategy after AddMultiTenant in the ConfigureServices method of the Startup class. An Action<IRouteBuilder> parameter which configures the routing is passed in which should always match the routes configured with MVC. A different route parameter name can be specified with the overloaded version:

public class Startup
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
        // Other services...

        // Use the default route parameter name "__tenant__":
        services.AddMultiTenant().WithRouteStrategy(configRoutes)... // Make sure to include a multitenant store!
        // Alternatively set a different route parameter name of "MyTenantRouteParam":
        // services.AddMultiTenant().WithRouteStrategy("MyTenantRouteParam", configRoutes)...
        // Other services...


        // Other services...

    public void Configure(IappBuilder app, ...)
        // Other middlware...

        // Other middlware...

    private void ConfigRoutes(IRouteBuilder routes)
        routes.MapRoute("Defaut", "{__tenant__}/{controller=Home}/{action=Index}");

Host Strategy

Uses request's host value to determine the tenant. By default the first host segment is used. For example, a request to "" would use "contoso" as the identifier when retrieving the TenantInfo. This strategy is included in Finbuckle.MultiTenant.AspNetCore. This strategy can be difficult to use in a development environment. Make sure the development system is configured properly to allow subdomains on localhost.

The host strategy uses a template string which defines how the strategy will find the tenant identifier. The pattern specifies the location for the tenant identifer using "__tenant__" and can contain other valid domain characters. It can also use '?' and '*' characters to represent one or "zero or more" segments. For example:

  • __tenant__.* is the default if no pattern is provided and selects the first domain segment for the tenant identifier.
  • *.__tenant__.? selects the main domain as the tenant identifier and ignores any subdomains and the top level domain.
  • will always use the subdomain for the tenant identifier, but only if there are no prior subdomains and the overall host ends with "".
  • *.__tenant.__.?.? is similar to the above example except it will select the first subdomain even if others exist and doesn't require ".com".
  • As a special case, a pattern string of just __tenant__ will use the entire host as the tenant identifier, as opposed to a single segment.

Configure by calling WithHostStrategy after AddMultiTenant in the ConfigureServices method of the Startup class. A template pattern can be specified with the overloaded version:

// Use the default template "__tenant__.*":

// Set a template which selects the main domain segment (see 2nd example above):