.NET Core Support


Even if Microsoft has created a new library named EF Core, we also added the support for the .NET Core to Entity Framework Classic since we believe that a lot of developers still prefer EF6 over EF Core.

Here are some features in EF6 which are not supported in EF Core:

  • EDMX/ Graphical Visualization of Model
  • Entity Data Model Wizard (for DB-First approach)
  • ObjectContext API
  • Querying using Entity SQL.
  • Automated Migration
  • Inheritance: Table per type (TPT)
  • Inheritance: Table per concrete class (TPC)
  • Many-to-Many without join entity
  • Entity Splitting
  • Spatial Data
  • Lazy loading of related data
  • Stored procedure mapping with DbContext for CUD operation
  • Seed data
  • Automatic migration

Reference: Entity Framework Tutorial


Database First & .NET Core

You can use your Database First Model with your .NET Core project. However, since the EntityDeploy is not part of .NET Core, you will need to change the [ModelName].edmx Copy to Output Directory to Copy always or Copy if newer and specify your model name:


You must also ensure that you use the model copied to the directory output

// BAD
// <add name="Entities" connectionString="metadata=res://*/Model.csdl|res://*/Model.ssdl|res://*/Model.msl;..." providerName="System.Data.EntityClient" />

// Good
<add name="Entities" connectionString="metadata=.\Model.csdl|.\Model.ssdl|.\Model.msl;..." providerName="System.Data.EntityClient" />


Migration is not yet available. You will need to create a .NET Framework project to generate migration files and add it to your .NET Core project.