Entity Framework Core / Full

Full Entity Framework / Entity Framework Core Support

Utilize the full power of the LLBLGen Pro Designer when working with with your entity model: use reverse-engineering functionality (Database first) or Model first tools, or even both at the same time. Easily synchronize your entity model with the database schemas, define and validate your entity model or create derived models on top of them and much more. You're in control.

Core, Code First or EDMX

Using the powerful template based code generator built into the LLBLGen Pro Designer you can generate code which targets Entity Framework Core, or the full Entity Framework version. For the full Entity Framework version, you can choose between Code First mappings or EDMX mappings. You can switch between these choices at any time.

More than just an entity model

The entity model can be used as a basis for one or more derived models (which contain hierarchical definitions of derived elements from entity definitions) in denormalized form, if required. You can use these derived models to produce DTO classes and, optionally, generate persistence code to automatically persist them as entity instances in your relational databases or document databases.

Code as if you have written it yourself

The code produced by the LLBLGen Pro Designer is carefully architected into two Visual Studio projects: one for your entity model classes and one for the persistence oriented code, like mappings and the DbContext class. All code is extensible through extension points, partial classes and partial methods, comes with XmlDoc comments to produce reference manuals, and is fully tested. You can start writing queries right away.

At a glance

Supported Databases

The LLBLGen Pro Designer supports the following relational databases for the various Entity Framework versions.

Database Supported for Entity Framework version
SQL Server
SQL Server 2000 or higher / Express / CE Desktop / SQL Azure
Entity Framework Core, Entity Framework
PostgreSql 7.4 or higher
Entity Framework Core, Entity Framework
Oracle 9i or higher
Entity Framework Core 3.x / 5.x / 6.x / 7.x
Firebird 1.5.x or higher
Entity Framework Core, Entity Framework
IBM DB2 7.x or higher (not on AS/400 / iSeries)
Entity Framework (not on .NET Standard)
MySql 4.x or higher (using DevArt MySql .NET provider)
Entity Framework (not on .NET Standard)

Supported .NET versions

Entity Framework Full: .NET 4.5.x or higher, .NET Standard 2.1
Entity Framework Core v1: .NET 4.5.x or higher, .NET Standard 1.6, .NET Standard 2.0
Entity Framework Core v2: .NET 4.6.1 or higher, .NET Standard 2.0
Entity Framework Core v2.1: .NET 4.6.1 or higher, .NET Standard 2.0
Entity Framework Core v2.2: .NET 4.6.1 or higher, .NET Standard 2.0, .NET Standard 2.1
Entity Framework Core v3: .NET Standard 2.1
Entity Framework Core v5: .NET Standard 2.1
Entity Framework Core v6: .NET 6
Entity Framework Core v7: .NET 6+
Entity Framework Core v8: .NET 8+

Supported .NET output languages

Code is generated in C# or VB.NET, where for Entity Framework Core v1 and v7 and v8, code is generated in C# only. Generated code can be used from any .NET language.

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