Entity Framework Data Source

  • 3 minutes to read

This tutorial shows how to add the DashboardEFDataSource to data source storage and make it available to users. This tutorial uses the SQLite database.


Before you begin, open the NuGet Package Manager and install the Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Sqlite package. This is the SQLite database provider for the Entity Framework Core.

  1. In your application, create the Data folder and add the nwind.db database to it from the C:\Users\Public\Documents\DevExpress Demos 21.2\Components\Data folder.
  2. Add a new OrdersContext.cs class and create a data context based on the Orders table of the nwind.db database. Define a connection string to the SQLite database by overriding the OnConfiguring method in the constructor.

    using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore;
    using System;
    using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;
    namespace MvcCoreDashboard {
        public partial class OrdersContext : DbContext {
            public OrdersContext() : base() { }
            protected override void OnConfiguring(DbContextOptionsBuilder optionsBuilder) {
                optionsBuilder.UseSqlite("Data Source=file:Data/nwind.db");
            public virtual DbSet<Order> Orders { get; set; }
        public class Order {
            public int OrderID { get; set; }
            public string CustomerID { get; set; }
            public long? EmployeeID { get; set; }
            public DateTime? OrderDate { get; set; }
            public DateTime? RequiredDate { get; set; }
            public DateTime? ShippedDate { get; set; }
            public long? ShipVia { get; set; }
            public decimal? Freight { get; set; }
            public string ShipName { get; set; }
            public string ShipAddress { get; set; }
            public string ShipCity { get; set; }
            public string ShipRegion { get; set; }
            public string ShipPostalCode { get; set; }
            public string ShipCountry { get; set; }
  3. In the Startup.cs file, create a public method that returns the configured dashboard’s data source storage (DataSourceInMemoryStorage) and define the Entity Framework Core data source.

    using DevExpress.DashboardCommon;
    using DevExpress.DataAccess.EntityFramework;
    public DataSourceInMemoryStorage CreateDataSourceStorage() {
        DataSourceInMemoryStorage dataSourceStorage = new DataSourceInMemoryStorage();
        DashboardEFDataSource efDataSource = new DashboardEFDataSource("EF Core Data Source");  
        efDataSource.ConnectionParameters = new EFConnectionParameters(typeof(OrdersContext));
        dataSourceStorage.RegisterDataSource("efDataSource", efDataSource.SaveToXml());     
        return dataSourceStorage;
  4. Call the DashboardConfigurator.SetDataSourceStorage method to configure the data source storage. Use the created CreateDataSourceStorage method as the SetDataSourceStorage parameter.

    using DevExpress.AspNetCore;
    using DevExpress.DashboardAspNetCore;
    using DevExpress.DashboardWeb;
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services) {
        services.AddScoped<DashboardConfigurator>((IServiceProvider serviceProvider) => {
            DashboardConfigurator configurator = new DashboardConfigurator();
            // ...
            return configurator;

The EF Core Data Source is now available in the Web Dashboard.


Users can now bind dashboard items to data in the Web Dashboard’s UI.


The example shows how to make a set of data sources available for users in the Web Dashboard application.

View Example: How to Register Data Sources for ASP.NET Core Dashboard Control