How to Add Entity Framework Core DBContext in .NET Core Console Application

Updated on: March 01, 2021

Following steps help to add Entity Framework Core DBContext file and list of Models using Scaffold DbContext and use the .NET Core to use the DBContext object to perform DB operations:

Step 1: Create .NET Core console application using below .NET CLI command or using Visual Studio Editor: 

dotnet new console -o EFCoreDBContextApplication

Using above command, it creates .NET Core console application in the "EFCoreDBContextApplication" output directory

Step 2: Add the required NuGet Packages: 

First change the directory to Project directory:

cd EFCoreDBContextApplication

Now add the required NuGet packages through following .NET CLI commands:

dotnet add package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore
dotnet add package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Tools
dotnet add package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer
dotnet add package Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection

Step 3: Now, the next step is to Scaffold the DbContext and Models from already created database, to begin with, install the required .NET CLI tools: In the below command we are installing dotnet ef tool globally.

dotnet tool install --global dotnet-ef

Now, run the DBContext scaffhold .NET CLI command:

dotnet ef dbcontext scaffold "Server=localhost\SQLEXPRESS;Database=testdb;Trusted_Connection=True;" Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer -o Models

OR Generate DBContext and Models Using Powershell / Nuget Package Manager Console by running following command:

Scaffold-DbContext "Server=localhost\SQLEXPRESS;Database=testdb;Trusted_Connection=True;" Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer -OutputDir Models

Above dbcontext scaffold command will create the Models folder with all the tables inside the testdb database will be created as Model files in Models folder 

After database Scaffold, the project structure files looks like following:

Step 4: Now, create new C# class file OrderService.cs and write the below code to DisplayOrders on the Console Output window: 

using EFCoreDBContextApplication.Models;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;

namespace EFCoreDBContextApplication
    class OrderService
        private testdbContext _dbContext;
        public OrderService(testdbContext context)
            _dbContext = context;

        public void DisplayOrders()
            var OrdersList = (from order in _dbContext.Orders
                              join product in _dbContext.Products on order.ProductId equals product.ProductId
                              join customer in _dbContext.Customers on order.CustomerId equals customer.CustomerId
                              select new
                                  CustomerName = customer.Name,
                                  ProductName = product.Name,
                                  OrderDate = order.OrderDate,
                                  Quantity = order.Quantity,
                                  Price = order.Price
            foreach (var order in OrdersList)
                Console.WriteLine($"Order Details are: Customer Name: {order.CustomerName}; Product Name: {order.ProductName}; Order Date: {order.OrderDate}; Qntity: {order.Quantity}; Price: {order.Price}");


Step 5: Now, add the following code in Program.cs file to register the OrderService and call its DisplayOrders() methods from Main method

using EFCoreDBContextApplication.Models;
using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore;
using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using System;

namespace EFCoreDBContextApplication
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            string connectionString = "Server=localhost\\SQLEXPRESS;Database=testdb;Trusted_Connection=True;";
            var services = new ServiceCollection();
            services.AddDbContext<testdbContext>(options => options.UseSqlServer(connectionString));
            ServiceProvider serviceProvider = services.BuildServiceProvider();

            var testService = serviceProvider.GetService<OrderService>();

Step 6: Now, run the program use the below .NET CLI command to run the project:

dotnet run

Output is: