Where are Entity Framework Tools in EF6 and Visual Studio 2017?

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Question

I'm using Visual Studio 2017 and Entity Framework 6, and for the life of me, I cannot find the EDMX file, Entity Data Tools, Model Browser, or Entity Designer...

Am I losing my mind here? I've created multiple new projects trying to find these UI-based tools for working with the Entity Framework data models and can't seem to get anywhere.

Please help!

I believe I have the correct tools installed in the VS2017 Install:

Image of VS2017 Install Option

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5/11/2017 4:21:20 PM

Accepted Answer

For anyone looking at this, in my case the answer was that I was using a Code-First implementation of the Entity Framework, which apparently does NOT give you access to the Visual Tools.

So there is no EDMX file in Code-First Entity Framework.

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7/25/2017 10:51:38 AM

Popular Answer

At the installation of VS2017 you had to go to Individual Components to install those tools, don't think they are installed by default.

  • Individual Components
    • SDK, Libraries and Components

You can run this install from the VS Installer

Entity Framework not appearing in Add New Item list in Visual Studio 2017



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