Get the table name from the Entity Framework

c# ef-code-first entity entity-framework modelmetadata


I'm using the Entity Framework 4.1 with Code First approach. I'm able to get the storage model types and column names of my entities:

var items = context.ObjectContext.MetadataWorkspace.GetItems<EntityType>(DataSpace.SSpace);

foreach (var i in items)
    Console.WriteLine("Table Name: {0}", i.Name);

    foreach (var key in i.KeyMembers)
        Console.WriteLine("\t{0} ({1})", key.Name, key.TypeUsage.EdmType.FullName);

    foreach (var member in i.Members)
        Console.WriteLine("\t{0} ({1})", member.Name, member.TypeUsage.EdmType.FullName);

What I need is to get the real table name the entity is mapped to. There are different ways to specify that (by using Fluent-API .ToTable(), DataAnnotation [TableAttribute]).

Is there any common way to achieve this information?

5/24/2011 7:08:10 AM

Popular Answer

I use Nigel's approach (extracting table name from .ToTraceString()) but with some modifications, because his code won't work if the table is not in the default SQL Server schema (dbo.{table-name}).

I've created extension methods for DbContext and ObjectContext objects:

public static class ContextExtensions
    public static string GetTableName<T>(this DbContext context) where T : class
        ObjectContext objectContext = ((IObjectContextAdapter) context).ObjectContext;

        return objectContext.GetTableName<T>();

    public static string GetTableName<T>(this ObjectContext context) where T : class
        string sql = context.CreateObjectSet<T>().ToTraceString();
        Regex regex = new Regex(@"FROM\s+(?<table>.+)\s+AS");
        Match match = regex.Match(sql);

        string table = match.Groups["table"].Value;
        return table;

More details here:
Entity Framework: Get mapped table name from an entity

6/20/2016 1:31:28 PM

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