Entity Framework 7 DbContext scaffold

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I am trying to generate a DbContext for an existing database structure using ASP.NET 5 and Entity Framework 7. Not surprisingly, there isn't a lot of documentation surrounding how to do this easily. Additionally, I want to scaffold ONLY the context; there are ~900 tables and I only care about a few of them, I don't need a model class for each one.

I've been using the commands specified here and here with little luck.

So, I guess I have two questions:

  1. Where are the generated context files located? I run the command in the command prompt with no failure, but nothing else happens. I know I'm at least in the right place as I can add the old EF6 model with unsupported properties and it gives me an error that they are not supported.

  2. Is it possible to generate just a context with no corresponding model classes?

5/23/2017 10:31:02 AM

Popular Answer

I had the same problem with my project generating the context and the models. Here's a few things that I did.

Updates For 1.0 RC1 below


  "dependencies": {
    "EntityFramework.MicrosoftSqlServer": "7.0.0-rc1-final",
    "EntityFramework.Commands": "7.0.0-rc1-final",
    "EntityFramework.MicrosoftSqlServer.Design": "7.0.0-rc1-final"

  "commands": {
    "ef": "EntityFramework.Commands"

  "frameworks": {
    "dnx451": { },
    "dnxcore50": { }

DNX Command

dnx ef dbcontext scaffold "connectionString" EntityFramework.MicrosoftSqlServer

Original Post Below

Make sure these are added to your project.json file:

"dependencies": {
    "EntityFramework.SqlServer": "7.0.0-beta7",
    "EntityFramework.Commands": "7.0.0-beta7",
    "EntityFramework.SqlServer.Design": "7.0.0-beta7"
"commands": {
    "ef": "EntityFramework.Commands"

Upgrade dnvm and the dnx runtimes as well using dnvm update-self and dnvm upgrade. I ran this in cmd.

Opened cmd.exe in the project location (if you are in windows, navigate to the folder and shift + right-click in the folder and click "Open command window here"). In my case I had a separate project for my Data Access Layer eg.

C:\Projects\Stackoverflow Example\src\StackoverflowExample.DAL\

I then simplay ran:

dnx ef dbcontext scaffold "Data Source=.;Initial Catalog=database;Integrated Security=True" EntityFramework.SqlServer

Make sure your project can build. If there are errors, the commands probably wont work.

It generated all the models as well as the context (with the OnModelCreating() setup of each entity). If you don't need all the models, just delete the ones you are not using.

So to answer you questions:

  1. It creates the models and context in the folder where you ran the dnx ef dbcontext scaffold in.
  2. I cant see any commands that allows you to do this yet. Run dnx ef --help in cmd and look for yourself. dnx ef

I hope this helps.

3/4/2016 1:54:07 PM

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