ASP.NET Core updates in .NET Core 3.0 Preview 5

Brady Gaster

ASP.NET Core updates in .NET Core 3.0 Preview 5

.NET Core 3.0 Preview 5 is now available. This iteration was brief for the team and primarily includes bug fixes and improvements to the more significant updates in Preview 4. This post summarizes the important points in this release.

Please see the release notes for additional details and known issues.

Get started

To get started with ASP.NET Core in .NET Core 3.0 Preview 5 install the .NET Core 3.0 Preview 5 SDK. If you’re on Windows using Visual Studio, you also need to install the latest preview of Visual Studio.

Upgrade an existing project

To upgrade an existing an ASP.NET Core app (including Blazor apps) to .NET Core 3.0 Preview 5, follow the migrations steps in the ASP.NET Core docs. Please also see the full list of breaking changes in ASP.NET Core 3.0.

To upgrade an existing ASP.NET Core 3.0 Preview 4 project to Preview 5:

  • Update Microsoft.AspNetCore.* package references to 3.0.0-preview5-19227-01
  • Update Microsoft.Extensions.* package references to 3.0.0-preview5.19227.01

That’s it! You should be good to go with this latest preview release.

New JSON Serialization

In 3.0-preview5, ASP.NET Core MVC adds supports for reading and writing JSON using System.Text.Json. The System.Text.Json serializer can read and write JSON asynchronously, and is optimized for UTF-8 text making it ideal for REST APIs and backend applications.

This is available for you to try out in Preview 5, but is not yet the default in the templates. You can use the new serializer by removing the call to add Newtonsoft.Json formatters:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

In the future this will be default for all new ASP.NET Core applications. We hope that you will try it in these earlier previews and log any issues you find here.

We used this WeatherForecast model when we profiled JSON read/writer performance using Newtonsoft.Json, our previous serializer.

public class WeatherForecast
    public DateTime Date { get; set; }

    public int TemperatureC { get; set; }

    public string Summary { get; set; }

JSON deserialization (input)

Description RPS CPU (%) Memory (MB)
Newtonsoft.Json – 500 bytes 136,435 95 172
System.Text.Json – 500 bytes 167,861 94 169
Newtonsoft.Json – 2.4 kbytes 97,137 97 174
System.Text.Json – 2.4 kbytes 132,026 96 169
Newtonsoft.Json – 40 kbytes 7,712 88 212
System.Text.Json – 40 kbytes 16,625 96 193

JSON serialization (output)

Description RPS CPU (%) Memory (MB)
Newtonsoft.Json – 500 bytes 120,273 94 174
System.Text.Json – 500 bytes 145,631 94 173
Newtonsoft.Json – 8 Kbytes 35,408 98 187
System.Text.Json – 8 Kbytes 56,424 97 184
Newtonsoft.Json – 40 Kbytes 8,416 99 202
System.Text.Json – 40 Kbytes 14,848 98 197

For the most common payload sizes, System.Text.Json offers about 20% throughput increase during input and output formatting with a smaller memory footprint.

Options for the serializer can be configured using MvcOptions:

services.AddControllers(options => options.SerializerOptions.WriteIndented = true) 

Integration with SignalR

System.Text.Json is now the default Hub Protocol used by SignalR clients and servers starting in ASP.NET Core 3.0-preview5. Please try it out and file issues if you find anything not working as expected.

Switching back to Newtonsoft.Json

If you would like to switch back to the previous default of using Newtonsoft.Json then you can do so on both the client and server.

  1. Install the Microsoft.AspNetCore.SignalR.Protocols.NewtonsoftJson NuGet package.
  2. On the client add .AddNewtonsoftJsonProtocol() to the HubConnectionBuilder:

    new HubConnectionBuilder()
  3. On the server add .AddNewtonsoftJsonProtocol() to the AddSignalR() call:


Give feedback

We hope you enjoy the new features in this preview release of ASP.NET Core! Please let us know what you think by filing issues on Github.