User Guide (Version 1.21)

Creating a NetBindable Component

For a Lumberyard component to share data on the network, it must include the NetBindingComponent. The NetBindingComponent creates a replica for the component and can bind any replica chunk that a component creates to the replica.

To enable networking on a component

  1. Inherit the component from AzFramework::NetBindable:

    #include <AzFramework/Network/NetBindable.h> class ShipComponent : public Component , public AzFramework::NetBindable
  2. Modify the AZ_COMPONENT definition to include AzFramework::NetBindable:

    AZ_COMPONENT(ShipComponent,"{D466FD68-96C9-45AF-8A89-59402B0350F7}", AzFramework::NetBindable);
  3. Modify SerializeContext to include AzFramework::NetBindable:

    if (serialize) { serializeContext->Class<ShipComponent, AzFramework::NetBindable, AZ::Component>() ... }
  4. Implement the AzFramework::NetBindable interfaces:

    // Called during network binding on the master. Implementations should create and return a new binding. virtual GridMate::ReplicaChunkPtr GetNetworkBinding() = 0; // Called during network binding on proxies. virtual void SetNetworkBinding(GridMate::ReplicaChunkPtr chunk) = 0; // Called when network is unbound. Implementations should release their references to the binding. virtual void UnbindFromNetwork() = 0;


  • If the AZ_COMPONENT definition change is missing, the NetBindingComponent does not recognize the component when it checks for components to add to the replica.

  • If the SerializeContext definition is missing, the master replica still functions correctly. However, the proxy cannot match the IDs because it is not serialized as an AzFramework::NetBindable interface.

  • Changes to these definitions require a re-export of levels for the static IDs to match correctly.

Network Binding Function Details

The following functions are available for working with component entities on the network.


The component uses this function to create its ReplicaChunk and initialize any state it wants to synchronize across the session. This function is called only on the master ComponentEntity. The ReplicaChunk that is returned is automatically attached to the appropriate Replica.


This function passes a ReplicaChunk to the component and initializes the internal data of the component to match that of the ReplicaChunk. This function is called only on the proxy ComponentEntity instances that are already bound to an appropriate Replica.


The UnbindFromNetwork function is called to stop the component from reacting to data updates from the network. This can happen, for example, when the master no longer exists, has been deactivated, or has relinquished control to the local source.

Creating a Chunk

After you have enabled the NetBindable interface on the component, you must create a ReplicaChunk object that will store any state that the component wants to share.

class ShipComponentReplicaChunk : public GridMate::ReplicaChunkBase { public: AZ_CLASS_ALLOCATOR(ShipComponentReplicaChunk, AZ::SystemAllocator, 0); static const char* GetChunkName() { return "ShipComponentReplicaChunk"; } ShipComponentReplicaChunk() : SetFiring("SetFireLaser") , m_playerEntityId("PlayerEntityId") { } bool IsReplicaMigratable() { return true; } GridMate::Rpc< GridMate::RpcArg<bool> >::BindInterface<ShipComponent, &ShipComponent::SetFiringRPC, NetworkUtils::ShipControllerRPCTraits> SetFiring; GridMate::DataSet<AZ::EntityId>::BindInterface<ShipComponent, &ShipComponent::OnNewNetPlayerEntityId> m_playerEntityId; };


You must reflect this new replica chunk's datasets and RPCs in the component's Reflect function.

AzFramework::NetworkContext* netContext = azrtti_cast<AzFramework::NetworkContext*>(context); if (netContext) { netContext->Class<ShipComponent>() ->Chunk<ShipComponentReplicaChunk>() ->RPC<ShipComponentReplicaChunk, ShipComponent>("SetFireLaser", &ShipComponentReplicaChunk::SetFiring) ->Field("PlayerEntityId", &ShipComponentReplicaChunk::m_playerEntityId) ; }

In order for the component to react to a change in the DataSet object, one of the following must occur:

  • The replica chunk must signal to the component when the change occurs (in the example, this is done using the BindInterface extension to DataSet).

  • The component must poll the replica chunk and check the DataSet object for changes.

Example: Filling Out the AzFramework::NetBindable Interface

The examples below illustrate the use of GetNetworkBinding, SetNetworkBinding and UnbindFromNetwork.


In the following example, the component creates the new replica chunk and initializes the data to be networked. This function is called by the master replica to retrieve the binding from the component.

GridMate::ReplicaChunkPtr ShipComponent::GetNetworkBinding() { ShipComponentReplicaChunk* replicaChunk = GridMate::CreateReplicaChunk<ShipComponentReplicaChunk>(); replicaChunk->SetHandler(this); m_replicaChunk = replicaChunk; return m_replicaChunk; }


In the following example, the component is bound to the supplied replica chunk. It also relinquishes its local state to the state specified by the replica chunk. This function is called on proxies to hand their binding over to the component.

void ShipComponent::SetNetworkBinding(GridMate::ReplicaChunkPtr chunk) { chunk->SetHandler(this); m_replicaChunk = chunk; ShipComponentReplicaChunk* shipControllerChunk = static_cast<ShipComponentReplicaChunk*>(m_replicaChunk.get()); SetPlayerEntityIdImpl(shipControllerChunk->m_playerEntityId.Get()); }


void ShipComponent::UnbindFromNetwork() { m_replicaChunk->SetHandler(nullptr); m_replicaChunk = nullptr; }

Maintaining State

The last step is to create checks to make sure that any local modifications to the preferred networkable state do not overwrite the networked state. In addition, you must update the replica chunk whenever the local state changes and the component is in control of the state.

void ShipComponent::OnNewNetPlayerEntityId(const AZ::EntityId& playerEntityId, const GridMate::TimeContext& tc) { (void)tc; SetPlayerEntityIdImpl(playerEntityId); } bool ShipComponent::SetFiringRPC(bool firing, const GridMate::RpcContext& rpcContext) { if (AllowRPCContext(rpcContext)) { SetFiring(firing); } return false; } // Component implementation of to set firing void ShipComponent::SetFiring(bool firing) { m_isFiring = firing; if (!AzFramework::NetQuery::IsEntityAuthoritative(GetEntityId())) { // If the ship component is not authoritative, send an RPC update to the replica chunk ShipComponentReplicaChunk* shipChunk = static_cast<ShipComponentReplicaChunk*>(m_replicaChunk.get()); shipChunk->SetFiring(firing); } else { if (m_isFiring) { EBUS_EVENT_ID(GetGun(), ShipGunBus, StartFire); } else { EBUS_EVENT_ID(GetGun(), ShipGunBus, StopFire); } } } void ShipComponent::SetPlayerEntityIdImpl(AZ::EntityId playerEntityId) { AZ_Error("ShipControllerComponent",!m_playerEntityId.IsValid() || !playerEntityId.IsValid(),"Trying to rebind an already bound ship"); if (m_playerEntityId != playerEntityId) { m_playerEntityId = playerEntityId; HandleShipSetup(); if (m_replicaChunk && AzFramework::NetQuery::IsEntityAuthoritative(GetEntityId())) { // If you are authoritative over the entity and the component is replicated, update the value of the DataSet and propagate to clients ShipComponentReplicaChunk* shipChunk = static_cast<ShipComponentReplicaChunk*>(m_replicaChunk.get()); shipChunk->m_playerEntityId.Set(m_playerEntityId); } } }