Bond is an open source, cross-platform framework for working with schematized
data. It supports cross-language serialization/deserialization and powerful
generic mechanisms for efficiently manipulating data. Bond is broadly used at
Microsoft in high scale services.
We are also introducing the Bond Communications framework--known as Bond Comm--which allows for remote process communication. Currently, we are making the C# version of this framework available; the C++ version will be released in the coming weeks. This framework is based on is the successor to an internal framework that is used by several large services inside Microsoft. Bond Comm is undergoing active evolution at this time and so we are marking the initial release as version 0.5. Consult the C# manual for more details on Bond Comm's usage and capabilities.
Bond is published on GitHub at https://github.com/Microsoft/bond/.
For details, see the User's Manuals for C++, C# and Python, and the documentation of the compiler tool and library.
For a discussion how Bond compares to similar frameworks see Why Bond.
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Bond is an open-source, cross-platform framework for working with schematized data. It supports cross-language serialization/deserialization and powerful generic mechanisms for efficiently manipulating data. Bond is broadly used at Microsoft in high scale services.
Bond is published on GitHub at https://github.com/microsoft/bond/.
For details, see the User's Manuals:
- Bond-over-gRPC (deprecated: will be removed in May 2022)
gbc, the Bond compiler/codegen tool
- See also
the compiler library that
- See also the compiler library that powers
For a discussion about how Bond compares to similar frameworks see Why Bond.
Bond C++ library requires some C++11 features (currently limited to those supported by Visual C++ 2015); a C++11 compiler is required. Additionally, to build Bond you will need CMake (3.1+), Haskell Stack (1.5.1+) and Boost (1.61+).
Additionally, Bond requires RapidJSON. The Bond repository has a Git submodules for RapidJSON. It should be cloned with the
git clone --recursive https://github.com/microsoft/bond.git
If you already have RapidJSON and would like to build against it, add argument
-DBOND_FIND_RAPIDJSON=TRUE to the CMake invocation. It will use find_package(RapidJSON). If you do not provide a RapidJSON library, Bond will also install RapidJSON.
Following are specific instructions for building on various platforms.
Bond must be built with C++11 compiler. We test with Clang (3.8) and GNU C++ (5.4). We recommend Clang as it's faster with template-heavy code like Bond.
Run the following commands to install the minimal set of packages needed to build the core Bond library on Ubuntu 14.04:
sudo apt-get install \
Additionally, you need the Haskell Tool Stack. If your distro isn't shipping a new enough version of it, you may encounter some non-obvious build failures, so we recommend installing the latest Stack outside of package management:
curl -sSL https://get.haskellstack.org/ | sh
In the root
bond directory run:
sudo make install
build directory is just an example. Any directory can be used as the
To build the Bond Python module and all the C++/Python tests and examples, a few more packages are needed.
sudo apt-get install \
CMake needs to be re-run with different options. This can be done after building just the core libraries: the build tree will simply be updated with the new options.
cd build # or wherever you ran CMake before
Running the following command in the
build directory will build and execute all
the tests and examples:
make --jobs 8 check
sudo make install # To install the other libraries just built
(The unit tests are large so you may want to run 4-8 build jobs in parallel, assuming you have enough memory.)
Install Xcode and then run the following command to install the required packages using Homebrew (http://brew.sh/):
brew install \
(boost-python is optional and only needed for Python support.)
Bond can be built on macOS using either standard *nix makefiles or Xcode. In
order to generate and build from makefiles, in the root
bond directory run:
sudo make install
Alternatively, you can generate Xcode projects by passing the
-G Xcode option
cmake -G Xcode ..
You can build and run unit tests by building the
check target in Xcode or by
running make in the
make --jobs 8 check
Note that if you are using Homebrew's Python, you'll need to build boost-python from source:
brew install --build-from-source boost-python
and tell cmake the location of Homebrew's libpython by setting the
PYTHON_LIBRARY variable, e.g.:
cmake .. \
Install the following tools:
- Visual Studio 2015 or 2017
- VS2017 is required to build C# Bond from source
- .NET Core SDK (https://www.microsoft.com/net/core)
- Alternative to VS2017 for building C# Bond from source
- CMake (http://www.cmake.org/download/)
- Haskell Stack (https://docs.haskellstack.org/en/stable/install_and_upgrade/#windows)
If you are building on a network behind a proxy, set the environment variable
Now you are ready to build the C# version of Bond. Open the solution file
cs\cs.sln in Visual Studio and build as usual. The C# unit tests can
also be run from within the solution.
To build using the .NET Core SDK:
dotnet restore cs\cs.sln
dotnet msbuild cs\cs.sln
The C++ and Python versions of Bond additionally require:
You may need to set the environment variables
to specify where Boost and its pre-built libraries for your environment (MSVC 12 or MSVC 14) can be
The core Bond library and most examples only require Boost headers. The pre-built libraries are only needed for unit tests, and Python. If Boost or Python libraries are not found on the system, then some tests and examples will not be built.
To generate a solution to build the Bond Core C++ and Python with Visual
Studio 2015 run the following commands from the root
cmake -G "Visual Studio 14 2015 Win64" ..
PreferredToolArchitecture=x64 selects the 64-bit toolchain which
dramatically improves build speed. (The Bond unit tests are too big to build
with 32-bit tools.)
cmake you can also use
cmake-gui and specify configuration
settings in the UI. This configuration step has to be performed only once. From
then on you can use the generated solution
build\bond.sln from Visual Studio
or build from the command line using
cmake --build . --target
cmake --build . --target INSTALL
To build and execute the unit tests and examples run:
cmake --build . --target check -- /maxcpucount:8
Alternatively, you can build and install Bond using the vcpkg dependency manager:
git clone https://github.com/microsoft/vcpkg.git
./vcpkg integrate install
./vcpkg install bond
The Bond port in vcpkg is kept up to date by Microsoft team members and community contributors. If the version is out of date, please create an issue or pull request in the vcpkg repository.
Interested in contributing to Bond? Take a look at our contribution guidelines to get started.