‘Scaffold-Dbcontext’ Is Not Recognized When Creating a Model for an Existing Database in Entity Framework Core

The term Scaffold-DbContext is not recognized

If you are trying to create a model for an existing database in Entity Framework Core and you are receiving the following error:

Scaffold-DbContext : The term 'Scaffold-DbContext' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

The try the following steps to solve the issue:

In Visual Studio, select menu Tools -> NuGet Package Manger -> Package Manger Console and run the following command:

  • Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer
  • Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer.Design
  • Install-Package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Tools
After that you should be able to see the new packages in your project. Now, run again the scaffold command:

Scaffold-DbContext "Server=.;Database=MyDB;Trusted_Connection=True;" Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer -OutputDir Models

You will notice that the models have been created successfully.


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