Announcing Entity Framework Core 5.0 Preview 4
Today we are excited to announce the fourth preview release of Entity Framework Core (EF Core) 5.0.
The previews of EF Core 5.0 require .NET Standard 2.1. This means:
- EF Core 5.0 runs on .NET Core 3.1; it does not require .NET 5.
- This may change in future previews depending on how the plan for .NET 5 evolves.
- EF Core 5.0 runs on other platforms that support .NET Standard 2.1.
- EF Core 5.0 will not run on .NET Standard 2.0 platforms, including .NET Framework.
How to get EF Core 5.0 previews
EF Core is distributed exclusively as a set of NuGet packages.
For example, to add the SQL Server provider to your project, you can use the following command using the dotnet tool:
dotnet add package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer --version 5.0.0-preview.4.20220.10
The EF Core packages published today are:
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore – The main EF Core package
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer – Database provider for Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Azure
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Sqlite – Database provider for SQLite
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Cosmos – Database provider for Azure Cosmos DB
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.InMemory – The in-memory database provider
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Tools – EF Core PowerShell commands for the Visual Studio Package Manager Console
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Design – Shared design-time components for EF Core tools
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer.NetTopologySuite – SQL Server support for spatial types
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Sqlite.NetTopologySuite – SQLite support for spatial types
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Proxies – Lazy-loading and change-tracking proxies
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Abstractions – Decoupled EF Core abstractions
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Relational – Shared EF Core components for relational database providers
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Analyzers – C# analyzers for EF Core
- Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Sqlite.Core – Database provider for SQLite without a packaged native binary
We have also published the 5.0 preview 4 release of the Microsoft.Data.Sqlite.Core ADO.NET provider.
Installing dotnet ef
As with EF Core 3.0 and 3.1, the dotnet ef command-line tool is no longer included in the .NET Core SDK. Before you can execute EF Core migration or scaffolding commands, you’ll have to install this package as either a global or local tool.
To install the preview tool globally, first uninstall any existing version with:
dotnet tool uninstall --global dotnet-ef
Then install with:
dotnet tool install --global dotnet-ef --version 5.0.0-preview.4.20220.10
It’s possible to use this new version of dotnet ef with projects that use older versions of the EF Core runtime.
What’s new in EF Core 5 Preview 4
We maintain documentation covering new features introduced into each preview.
Some of the highlights from preview 4 are called out below. This preview also includes several bug fixes.
Configure database precision/scale in model
Precision and scale for a property can now be specified using the model builder.
modelBuilder .Entity<Blog>() .Property(b => b.Numeric) .HasPrecision(16, 4);
Precision and scale can still be set via the full database type, such as “decimal(16,4)”.
Documentation is tracked by issue #527.
Specify SQL Server index fill factor
The fill factor can no be specified when creating an index on SQL Server.
modelBuilder 90);<Customer>() (e => e.Name) (
Documentation is tracked by issue #2378.
EF Core previews are aligned with .NET 5 previews. These previews tend to lag behind the latest work on EF Core. Consider using the daily builds instead to get the most up-to-date EF Core features and bug fixes.
As with the previews, the daily builds do not require .NET 5; they can be used with GA/RTM release of .NET Core 3.1.
Documentation and feedback
EF Core docs has a new landing page! The main page for Entity Framework documentation has been overhauled to provide you with a hub experience. We hope this new format helps you find the documentation you need faster and with fewer clicks.
The starting point for all EF Core documentation is docs.microsoft.com/ef/.
Please file issues found and any other feedback on the dotnet/efcore GitHub repo.
Helpful Short Links
The following short links are provided for easy reference and access.
Issues and feature requests for EF Core:
Entity Framework Roadmap:
What’s new in EF Core 5.x?
Thank you from the team
A big thank you from the EF team to everyone who has used EF over the years!
Thank you to our contributors!
A big thank you to the following community members who have already contributed code or documentation to the EF Core 5 release! (List is in chronological order of first contribution to EF Core 5).