Can't use a MySQL connection for entity framework 6

entity-framework mysql visual-studio-2013


I'm trying to use entity framework 6 with MySQL.

I did install MySQL plugin for visual studio 1.1.1 and MySQL .Net connector 6.8.3.

The problem is when I try to create a new ADO.NET Entity model, I can't choose MySQL for the connection.

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But if I create a connection from the connection tool in visual studio, I can see MySQL

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It means that the version currently installed is not compatible with entity framework 6. How is it possible after that I installed the latest connector and the plugin. Is there anything else to do?

Thank you


I did a fresh install of MySQL without installing the default connector and then I installed the 6.8.3 and the plugin for visual studio.

Then I can see the connection I made for my Entity model but when I'm about to choose the entity version, I get this message.

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1/18/2014 6:14:30 PM

Accepted Answer


The bug has been fixed.

Chris' comment:

2015-11-07 and you can now get it all working without editing any files or doing weird stuff. Use the MySQL for Windows installer and include the Visual Studio support and the latest Connector.Net. Be sure to update after installing and you will get the latest of each (1.2.5 and 6.9.8). Use NuGet to install EntityFramework, MySql.Data, and MySql.Data.Entity. Finally, built and enjoy code-first reverse engineering goodness by adding an Ado.Net Entity Model.

Original answer

I found out it's a bug from MySQL.

Here's the link explaining a workarround.

On your machine where VS 2013 is installed, VS plugin (1.1.3 GA) and Connector/Net

Close all VS instances before doing the steps.

On a Windows Explorer window go to this path or wherever you installed you Connector/net binaries

C:\Program Files (x86)\MySQL\MySQL Connector Net 6.8.3\Assemblies\v4.5\

Copy the file:


And paste it to this folder

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\PrivateAssemblies

If it asks you to overwrite it please do so.

You'll need admin rights in order to overwrite the file.

Then you can try again to generate the script for your model.

It is important that you have the 1.1.3 version of the VS plugin installed since this workaround is for that.

Unfortunately it doesn't work for me, so I downgraded to entity framework 5 until they fix this.


Finaly, it works now.

I had to add the 3 following DLLs :

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\MySQL\MySQL Connector Net 6.8.3\Assemblies\v4.5\MySql.Data.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\MySQL\MySQL Connector Net 6.8.3\Assemblies\v4.5\MySql.Data.Entity.EF6.dll
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\MySQL\MySQL Connector Net 6.8.3\Assemblies\v4.5\MySql.Web.dll

Then I changed the EntityFramework part in the web config to :

<entityFramework codeConfigurationType="MySql.Data.Entity.MySqlEFConfiguration, MySql.Data.Entity.EF6">
    <defaultConnectionFactory type="System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure.SqlConnectionFactory, EntityFramework" />
      <provider invariantName="MySql.Data.MySqlClient" type="MySql.Data.MySqlClient.MySqlProviderServices, MySql.Data.Entity.EF6" /> 

Don't forget to REBUILD and you should be able to create a entity framework 6 model with MySQL.


Make sure you have installed MySQL for visual studio 1.1.3 and MySQL connector .net 6.8.3

12/18/2015 8:13:40 PM

Popular Answer


Install Nuget Package:

Install-Package EntityFramework
Install-Package MySql.Data.Entity -Version 6.9.9

Install MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.6   -

Changes in Web.Config



<EntityFramework codeConfigurationType = "MySql.Data.Entity.MySqlEFConfiguration, MySql.Data.Entity.EF6">

Add (** your information **):

<add name="**YourContextName**" connectionString="server=****;port=3306;user id=**your user**;password=**your password**;database=**your database**" providerName="MySql.Data.MySqlClient" /></connectionStrings>

Restart Visual Studio

My Settings:
- Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015
- Dot Net Framework 4.5.2
- Asp.Net MVC
- MySql Server 5.6

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