In EF, get the name of an EntitySet from an EntityType.

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Question

Given an EntityType, such as "Contact", how can I derive from it the name of the EntitySet it would belong to, i.e. the pluralization such as "Contacts"?

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4/21/2010 8:44:09 PM

Accepted Answer

If you already have an attached entity (obviously you don't need the first line, just use your existing entity):

  Contact c = context.Contacts.Where(x => x.blah).FirstOrDefault();
  string setName = c.EntityKey.EntitySetName;

Or if you don't:

 string className = typeof(Contact).Name
 var container =   
    context.MetadataWorkspace.GetEntityContainer(context.DefaultContainerName, DataSpace.CSpace);
    string setName = (from meta in container.BaseEntitySets
                                          where meta.ElementType.Name == className
                                          select meta.Name).First();
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2/21/2014 9:05:46 AM

Popular Answer

This extension may be useful

public static class MyExtensions
{
    public static string GetEntitySetName<T>(this ObjectContext context)
    {
        string className = typeof(T).Name;

        var container = context.MetadataWorkspace.GetEntityContainer(context.DefaultContainerName, DataSpace.CSpace);
        string entitySetName = (from meta in container.BaseEntitySets
                                where meta.ElementType.Name == className
                                select meta.Name).First();

        return entitySetName;
    }
}

And use it like:

db.AttachTo(db.GetEntitySetName<MyEntityType>(), myEntityInstance);


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