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Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql is the most popular Entity Framework Core provider for MySQL compatible databases. It supports EF Core 5.0 (and below) and uses MySqlConnector for high-performance database server communication.



The following versions of MySqlConnector, EF Core, .NET (Core), .NET Standard and .NET Framework are compatible with Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql:

Release Branch MySqlConnector EF Core .NET Standard .NET (Core) .NET Framework
master >= 1.3.8 6.0.0-
N/A 5.0+ N/A
5.0.0 5.0-maint >= 1.3.7 5.0.x 2.1 3.0+ N/A
3.2.5 3.2-maint >= 0.69.10 < 1.0.0 3.1.x 2.0 2.0+ 4.6.1+
2.2.6 2.2-maint >= 0.59.2 < 1.0.0 2.2.6 2.0 2.0+ 4.6.1+


Supported Databases and Versions

Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql is tested at least against the latest 2 minor versions of MySQL and MariaDB. Older versions and other server implementations (e.g. Amazon Aurora) may be compatible (and likely are to a high degree) but are not officially supported or tested.

Currently supported versions are:

  • MySQL 8.0
  • MySQL 5.7
  • MariaDB 10.5
  • MariaDB 10.4
  • MariaDB 10.3

Schedule and Roadmap

Milestone Status Release Date
6.0.0 In Development TBA (see #1413)
6.0.0-preview.4 Released 2021-05-25
5.0.0 Released 2021-04-28
3.2.5 Released 2021-04-21
3.0.1 Released 2019-12-04
2.2.6 Released 2019-10-15
2.1.4 Released 2018-11-29

Nightly Builds

To use nightly builds from our Azure DevOps feed, add a NuGet.config file to your solution root with the following content and enable prereleases:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <add key="Pomelo" value="" />
    <add key="" value="" />

Getting Started

1. Recommended Character Set

We recommend to set utf8mb4 as your MySQL database default character set. This is already the server default in MySQL 8. The following statement will check the charset of the current database:

show variables like 'character_set_database';

2. Project Configuration

Ensure that your .csproj file contains the following reference:

<PackageReference Include="Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql" Version="5.0.0" />

3. Services Configuration

Add Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql to the services configuration in your the Startup.cs file.

public class Startup
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
        // Replace with your connection string.
        var connectionString = "server=localhost;user=root;password=1234;database=ef";

        // Replace with your server version and type.
        // Use 'MariaDbServerVersion' for MariaDB.
        // Alternatively, use 'ServerVersion.AutoDetect(connectionString)'.
        // For common usages, see pull request #1233.
        var serverVersion = new MySqlServerVersion(new Version(8, 0, 21));

        // Replace 'YourDbContext' with the name of your own DbContext derived class.
            dbContextOptions => dbContextOptions
                .UseMySql(connectionString, serverVersion)
                .EnableSensitiveDataLogging() // <-- These two calls are optional but help
                .EnableDetailedErrors()       // <-- with debugging (remove for production).

View our Configuration Options Wiki Page for a list of common options.

4. Sample Application

Check out our Integration Tests for an example repository that includes a MVC Application.

5. Read the EF Core Documentation

Refer to Microsoft's EF Core Documentation for detailed instructions and examples on using EF Core.

Scaffolding / Reverse Engineering

Use the EF Core tool to execute scaffolding commands:

dotnet ef dbcontext scaffold "Server=localhost;Database=ef;User=root;Password=123456;TreatTinyAsBoolean=true;" "Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql"


One of the easiest ways to contribute is to report issues and participate in discussions. You can also contribute by submitting pull requests with code changes and supporting tests.

We are always looking for additional core contributors. If you got a couple of hours a week and know your way around EF Core and MySQL, give us a nudge.



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