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Where I can find SQL Generated by Entity framework?

Dec 19 2012 1:50PM by Jalpesh   

Few days back I was optimizing the performance with Entity framework and Linq queries and I was using LinqPad and looking SQL generated by the Linq or entity framework queries. After some point of time I got the same question in mind that how I can find the SQL Statement generated by Entity framework?.

After some struggling I have managed to found the way of finding SQL Statement so I thought it would be a great idea to write a post about  same and share my knowledge about that. So in this post I will explain how to find SQL statements generated Entity framework queries.

To demonstrate the idea Let’s a very simple console application with C# and then  create a table called ‘Customer’ with CustomerId and CustomerName field in sql server.

SQL Generated by Entity framework

Now once our table is ready it’s time to create a Entity framework model.

How to Find SQL Generated by Entity Framework - Entity Framework Model

Now once Model is ready It’s time to write a simple query in console application where we want to get all customer name like following.

using System;
using System.Runtime.CompilerServices;
using System.Linq;
using System.Data;

namespace EntityframeworkSQL
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)

            using (CustomerEntities customerEntities = new CustomerEntities())
                var customerNames = from c in customerEntities.Customers
                             select c.CustomerName;
                string sql = ((System.Data.Objects.ObjectQuery)customerNames).ToTraceString();



So here in the above code for that. here I have created a object of my customer entity with help of using and then written a simple query to get all the customer name. Now with the help of System.Data.Objects.ObjectQuery class ToTraceString method I am able to find the SQL Generated by the statement. Here I have direct cast customerNames to ObjectQuery class and find sql generated by statement via ToTraceString method.

Now let’s run this console application via pressing F5 and following is a output as expected.


As you can see the SQL statement generated by entity framework. Hope you like it. Stat tuned for more.

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Tags: dotnet,entity framework

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  • You can also use LINQpad

    commented on Dec 19 2012 10:37PM
    Marc Jellinek
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