Extending DbContext

ETLBox offers support for Entity Framework. This article give you a brief overview how to use bulk operations with Entity Framework's DbContext.

Package information

All currently available EntitiyFramework packages can be found on nuget.org   . As of today, there is only support for SqlServer currently implemented. Other databases will follow with the next versions.

For SqlServer, you will need to reference the SqlServer extension package   .

Bulk operations

Bulk insert

Inserting all your data using high performant bulk operations is as simple as this:

using (var db = new BloggingContext()) {
    var data = CreateNewDataRows();

Bulk update

Speed of updating big amounts of data can be massively improved using the bulk update operation. Bulk updates are as simple.

using (var db = new BloggingContext()) {
    var data = GetUpdatedDataRows();

Bulk deletes

Sometimes, deleting data can become with very slow with EntityFramework. Bulk delete can help:

using (var db = new BloggingContext()) {
    var data = GetRowsToDelete();

Bulk merge

If you don’t want to decide if you need to insert, update or delete your data, you can also use the BulkMerge:

using (var db = new BloggingContext()) {
    var data = GetSetOfRows();

The merge operation will automatically insert new data row, update existing or delete missing rows. (Changing the MergeMode can also ignore deletions)

db.BulkMerge(allBlogs, options => options.MergeMode = ETLBox.DataFlow.MergeMode.Delta);


There are different options available when using bulk operations.

For example, you can prevent to reread auto generated values from the database, which can also improve the performance:

db.BulkInsert(data, options => options.ReadGeneratedValues = false);

Other options are:

  • BatchSize: Sets the batch size for the bulk operations - default is 10000. Try to increase this value if you have only very few rows.
  • ReadGeneratedValues: Reads auto generated values (e.g. default or computed columns) from the database after performing the bulk operation
  • BeforeBatchWrite: An action to execute before every batch
  • AfterBatchWrite: An action to execute after every batch
  • ColumnConverters: Can be used to convert the column name
  • AllowIdentityInsert: Allows overriding identity values
  • OnProgress: Callback which is called after a batch was processed
  • RedirectErroneousBatches: Batches which contain flawed or Erroneous rows are redirected
  • ErrorData: Flawed/Erroneous rows will be forwarded into this List
  • MergeMode: Setting the merge mode when using BulkMerge.