Using Singular Table Names with EF Core 2

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Question

I want my domain class name to match my db table name (no pluralisation).

In EF Core 1.1, I used this code to do that:

public static void RemovePluralisingTableNameConvention(this ModelBuilder modelBuilder)
{
    foreach (IMutableEntityType entityType in modelBuilder.Model.GetEntityTypes())
    {
        entityType.Relational().TableName = entityType.DisplayName();
    }
}

In EF Core 2.0, this code doesn't compile as Relational() is not a method on IMutableEntityType. Anyway, in EF Core 2.0, they have added IPluralizer, documented here:

https://github.com/aspnet/EntityFramework.Docs/blob/master/entity-framework/core/what-is-new/index.md#pluralization-hook-for-dbcontext-scaffolding

There aren't many examples to show how to achieve the same behaviour that I had before. Any clue of how to remove pluralisation in EF Core 2?

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9/29/2017 10:32:26 PM

Accepted Answer

You can use exactly the same code. Relational() is extension method defined in the RelationalMetadataExtensions class inside Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Relational.dll assembly, so make sure you are referencing it.

What about IPluralizer, as you can see from the link it's just a Pluralization hook for DbContext Scaffolding, i.e. entity class generation from database, used to singularize entity type names and pluralize DbSet names. It's not used for table name generation. The default table name convention is explained in Table Mapping section of the documentation:

By convention, each entity will be setup to map to a table with the same name as the DbSet<TEntity> property that exposes the entity on the derived context. If no DbSet<TEntity> is included for the given entity, the class name is used.

5
9/30/2017 12:30:30 AM

Popular Answer

You can do it this way without using internal EF API calls by using the ClrType.Name

protected override void OnModelCreating(ModelBuilder modelBuilder)
{
    foreach (var entityType in modelBuilder.Model.GetEntityTypes())
    {
        // Use the entity name instead of the Context.DbSet<T> name
        // refs https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/ef/core/modeling/relational/tables#conventions
        modelBuilder.Entity(entityType.ClrType).ToTable(entityType.ClrType.Name);
    }
}


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