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ASP.NET Core MVC web app with Entity Framework Core in SQL Server on Linux

This application was created in a Windows Sub system for Linux dev environment To see how to, check this Url:

The SQL server database is created in an Linux Environment with LinuxDotNet database and a simple Customer table. To see how check this Url:

The database script LinuxDotNet.sql is attached with the solution.

Since it's a database first approach we had to scaffold it and made necessary adjustments as follows -

Install Entity Framework (this was done using visual studio), this can be done in Linux bash also by following commands

dotnet add package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Sqlite

dotnet add package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Design

dotnet restore

In Visual Studio perform the following steps

  1. At menu bar Tools -> NuGet Package Manager -> Package Manager Console

  2. Run Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer

  3. Run Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Tools –Pre

  4. Run Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer.Design

Reverse engineer the model by command

Modify the appsettings.json file and add this -


"ConnectionStrings": {

"LinuxDotNetCoreEF": "Data Source=linux vm address;Database=LinuxDotNet;User Id=sa;Password=sa password;"


Run below command at Package Manager Console

Scaffold-DbContext "Data Source=linux vm address;Database=LinuxDotNet;User Id=sa;Password=sa password created while installation of SQL server;" Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer -OutputDir Models

Simalarly you can do so in the Linux bash as well with the following commnd

dotnet ef dbcontext scaffold

• The reverse engineer process created entity classes and a derived context based on the schema of the existing database. The entity classes are simple C# objects that represent the data you will be querying and saving.

• Open the LinuxDotNetContext.cs, add a static field ConnectingString, and update the OnConfiguring event handler as below

public static string ConnectionString { get; set; }

protected override void OnConfiguring(DbContextOptionsBuilder optionsBuilder)




• Open Startup.cs, and add below code in ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)


LinuxDotNetContext.ConnectionString = Configuration.GetConnectionString("LinuxDotNetCoreEF");



Now run it in either using bash (dotnet run) or from Visual Studio. You should see the Customer table is populated in the Index page.