This documentation is for EF7 onwards. For EF6.x and earlier release see

Microsoft SQL Server

In this article:

Getting Started

The following tutorials use this provider:
The following sample applications use this provider:

Supported Database Engines

Microsoft SQL Server (2008 onwards)

Supported Platforms

  • Full .NET (4.5.1 onwards)
  • DNX/ASP.NET 5 (dnx451 and dnxcore50)
  • Mono (4.2.0 onwards)


Using this provider on Mono will make use of the Mono SQL Client implementation, which has a number of known issues. For example, it does not support secure connections (SSL).