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by Jiří {x2} Činčura

Entity Framework 6 with Firebird

23 Oct 2013 3 mins .NET, C#, Entity Framework, Entity SQL, Firebird, LINQ

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Looks like a lot of people is trying Entity Framework 6 together with Firebird. I like it. And though it’s not a difficult or tricky task, if you’re not familiar with Entity Framework’s 6 changes you might be caught off guard.

So first thing first. I suppose you have nothing related to ADO.NET provider for Firebird installed (and you don’t have to). So install Entity Framework package.

install-package EntityFramework

Then install provider. Here you need to be careful and install the “EF6 version” as the provider model was changed in Entity Framework 6. It’s called FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient-EF6.

install-package FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient-EF6

Now you need to tell Entity Framework to know about FirebirdClient. You need to add record into DbProviderFactories. This references FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient.FirebirdClientFactory. And then you need to register the provider entityFramework section in providers. This references FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient.FbProviderServices. The standard config file with these changes made follows.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
		<!-- For more information on Entity Framework configuration, visit -->
		<section name="entityFramework" type="System.Data.Entity.Internal.ConfigFile.EntityFrameworkSection, EntityFramework, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" requirePermission="false"/>
		<supportedRuntime version="v4.0" sku=".NETFramework,Version=v4.5.1"/>
			<add name="FirebirdClient Data Provider" invariant="FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient" description=".NET Framework Data Provider for Firebird" type="FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient.FirebirdClientFactory, FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient"/>
		<defaultConnectionFactory type="System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure.LocalDbConnectionFactory, EntityFramework">
				<parameter value="v11.0"/>
			<provider invariantName="System.Data.SqlClient" type="System.Data.Entity.SqlServer.SqlProviderServices, EntityFramework.SqlServer"/>
			<provider invariantName="FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient" type="FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient.FbProviderServices, FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient"/>

And you’re done. To quickly test it, create an empty database and try this code (you might need to change the connection string).

class Program
	static void Main(string[] args)
		using (var ctx = new MyContext())
			var data = ctx.MONDatabase.First();
			Console.WriteLine("Name:{0}\t{1}", Environment.NewLine, data.DatabaseName);
			Console.WriteLine("CreationName:{0}\t{1}", Environment.NewLine, data.CreationDate);

class MyContext : DbContext
	public MyContext()
		: base(new FbConnection(@"database=localhost:test.fdb;user=sysdba;password=masterkey"), true)
	{ }

	protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder)

		var monDatabaseConfiguration = modelBuilder.Entity<MONDatabase>();
		monDatabaseConfiguration.HasKey(x => x.DatabaseName);
		monDatabaseConfiguration.Property(x => x.DatabaseName).HasColumnName("MON$DATABASE_NAME");
		monDatabaseConfiguration.Property(x => x.CreationDate).HasColumnName("MON$CREATION_DATE");

	public DbSet<MONDatabase> MONDatabase { get; set; }

class MONDatabase
	public string DatabaseName { get; set; }
	public DateTime CreationDate { get; set; }

If you want, you can download it as a complete solution here.

You might want to use the Entity Framework’s designer for instance and use DDEX in which case you need to install some other parts, but the core concept is the same. Once you understand these few steps (try changing or not doing something to see what goes wrong) you should have no problems doing it.

As I said, nothing difficult, isn’t it?

Profile Picture Jiří Činčura is .NET, C# and Firebird expert. He focuses on data and business layers, language constructs, parallelism, databases and performance. For almost two decades he contributes to open-source, i.e. FirebirdClient. He works as a senior software engineer for Microsoft. Frequent speaker and blogger at