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Getting Started

Following the common .NET idiom, Marten supplies extension methods to quickly integrate Marten into any .NET application that uses the IServiceCollection abstractions to register IoC services. For this reason, we recommend starting with a Worker Service template for console applications, or an ASP.NET Core template for web services.

To add Marten to a .NET project, first go get the Marten library from Nuget:

dotnet add package Marten
PM> Install-Package Marten
dotnet paket add Marten

In the startup of your ASP.NET Core or Worker Service application, make a call to AddMarten() to register Marten services like so:

// This is the absolute, simplest way to integrate Marten into your
// .NET application with Marten's default configuration
builder.Services.AddMarten(options =>
    // Establish the connection string to your Marten database

    // Specify that we want to use STJ as our serializer

    // If we're running in development mode, let Marten just take care
    // of all necessary schema building and patching behind the scenes
    if (builder.Environment.IsDevelopment())
        options.AutoCreateSchemaObjects = AutoCreate.All;

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See Bootstrapping with HostBuilder for more information and options about this integration.


Use of the .AddMarten integration is not mandatory, see Creating a standalone store


The next step is to get access to a PostgreSQL 12+ database schema. If you want to let Marten build database schema objects on the fly at development time, make sure that your user account has rights to execute CREATE TABLE/FUNCTION statements.

Marten uses the Npgsql library to access PostgreSQL from .NET, so you'll likely want to read their documentation on connection string syntax.

Working with Documents

Now, for your first document type, we'll represent the users in our system:

public class User
    public Guid Id { get; set; }
    public required string FirstName { get; set; }
    public required string LastName { get; set; }

    public bool Internal { get; set; }

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For more information on document identity, see identity.

From here, an instance of IDocumentStore or a type of IDocumentSession can be injected into the class/controller/endpoint of your choice and we can start persisting and loading user documents:

// You can inject the IDocumentStore and open sessions yourself
    async (CreateUserRequest create, [FromServices] IDocumentStore store) =>
    // Open a session for querying, loading, and updating documents
    await using var session = store.LightweightSession();

    var user = new User {
        FirstName = create.FirstName,
        LastName = create.LastName,
        Internal = create.Internal

    await session.SaveChangesAsync();

    async (bool internalOnly, [FromServices] IDocumentStore store, CancellationToken ct) =>
    // Open a session for querying documents only
    await using var session = store.QuerySession();

    return await session.Query<User>()
        .Where(x=> x.Internal == internalOnly)

// OR Inject the session directly to skip the management of the session lifetime
    async (Guid id, [FromServices] IQuerySession session, CancellationToken ct) =>
    return await session.LoadAsync<User>(id, ct);

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The complete ASP.NET Core sample project is available in the Marten codebase

For more information on the query support within Marten, check document querying

There is a lot more capabilities than what we're showing here, so head on over to the table of contents on the sidebar to see what else Marten offers.

Working with Events

Please check Event Store quick start. Apart from the quick start, we also have an EventStore intro .NET 6 sample project in the GitHub repository for your ready reference.

Creating a standalone store

In some scenarios you may wish to create a document store outside of the generic host infrastructure. The easiest way do this is to use DocumentStore.For, either configuring StoreOptions or passing a plain connection string.

var store = DocumentStore

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