If you have started working in ASP.NET Core, then you will probably need to know How to connect sql server database in ASP.NET Core MVC, so in this article, I have mentioned step by step procedure to connect to SQL Server database and display data in table using Entity framework Core, database first approach.

Suppose we have below SQL Server database table with data, which we will show in ASP.NET Core Razor View Table code


Step 1: Create a new project in Visual Studio 2019/2022, we will open Visual Studio 2022, Click on "Create new project" -> then select "ASP.NET Core (Model-View-Controller) template" -> in the Next step, Select .NET Core version (I am using .NET Core 6) -> Click "Create".

Step 2: Once Visual Studio has generated basic .NET Core MVC files, we will need to install below NuGet package, using "Tools" -> "Nuget package manager" -> "Package Manager Console"

Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer

Step 3: Now we will create Order.cs to get Order database table data mapping it.

So in Solution Explorer, right-click on the "Models" Folder -> Select "Add" -> Then Select "Class", name it as Order.cs

namespace EFCoreDatabaseConnect.Models
    public class Orders
        public int Id { get; set; }
        public string? Country { get; set; }
        public double? Price { get; set; }
        public int? OrderQuantity { get; set; }


Now, we will also need to add another class in Models Folder, i.e, MyDbContext.cs which will help us connect our database with ASP.NET Core application

using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore;

namespace EFCoreDatabaseConnect.Models
        public class MyDbContext : DbContext
            public MyDbContext(DbContextOptions<MyDbContext> options)
                : base(options)
            { }
            public DbSet<Orders> Orders { get; set; }

Step 4: Navigate to appsettings.json and add below connection string

  "ConnectionStrings": {
    "DefaultConnection": "Server=DESKTOP-DOG5T0Q\\SQLEXPRESS;Database=OrderDetails;Trusted_Connection=True;MultipleActiveResultSets=true"

Step 5: Now, we will need to read the connection string in Program.cs (As I am using .NET 6, so there is no startup.cs) and add database context in the application, so C# Code would be as below

using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore;
using EFCoreDatabaseConnect.Models;

var builder = WebApplication.CreateBuilder(args);

//read connection string from appsettings.json
builder.Services.AddDbContext<MyDbContext>(options => options.UseSqlServer(builder.Configuration.GetConnectionString("DefaultConnection")));

Step 6: Navigate to HomeController.cs, where we will add a database context variable and also add code to fetch Orders list from the database and pass it to View.

using EFCoreDatabaseConnect.Models;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;

namespace EFCoreDatabaseConnect.Controllers
    public class HomeController : Controller
        private readonly ILogger<HomeController> _logger;
        //create dbContext variable
        private readonly MyDbContext _context;

        public HomeController(ILogger<HomeController> logger, MyDbContext dbContext)
            _logger = logger;
            _context = dbContext;

        public IActionResult Index()
           //fetch data from database table orders
            var orders = _context.Orders.ToList();
            return View(orders);


Step 7: In the View(Index.cshtml), we will get the Model List as IEnumerable and loop through data to show it in HTML table

@model IEnumerable<EFCoreDatabaseConnect.Models.Orders>
    ViewData["Title"] = "Home Page";
<table class="table table-bordered table-hover">
            <td>Order Id</td>
        @foreach(var order in Model)

Once you will build and run above project, you will see output as below


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