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.NET Framework 4.5.2+

Color Properties in Entity Framework

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The following example demonstrates how to store a System.Drawing.Color property value in the database managed by the Entity Framework 6 or Entity Framework Core ORM. The approach is based on converting the System.Drawing.Color type to the System.Int32 using an auxiliary hidden integer property.

using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.Schema;
using System.Drawing;
[Browsable(false), Column("Color")]
public int Argb {
    get { return fColor.ToArgb(); }
    set { fColor = Color.FromArgb(value); }
private Color fColor;
public Color Color {
    get { return fColor; }
    set { fColor = value; }

If the type does not have an appropriate conversion method (Color.ToArgb in this example), implement a Type Converter and use it any time you need to covert a value from the type you need to store to an ORM-friendly type.


Object Space is not marked modified when the non-persistent Color property is changed. If this behavior does not fit your requirements, set the BaseObjectSpace.NonPersistentChangesEnabled property to true.