Quickstart: Use .NET (C#) to connect and query data in Azure Database for MySQL

APPLIES TO: Azure Database for MySQL - Single Server

This quickstart demonstrates how to connect to an Azure Database for MySQL by using a C# application. It shows how to use SQL statements to query, insert, update, and delete data in the database.

Prerequisites

For this quickstart you need:

  • An Azure account with an active subscription. Create an account for free.
  • Create an Azure Database for MySQL single server using Azure portal
    or Azure CLI if you do not have one.
  • Based on whether you are using public or private access, complete ONE of the actions below to enable connectivity.
Action Connectivity method How-to guide
Configure firewall rules Public Portal
CLI
Configure Service Endpoint Public Portal
CLI
Configure private link Private Portal
CLI

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Create a C# project

At a command prompt, run:

mkdir AzureMySqlExample
cd AzureMySqlExample
dotnet new console
dotnet add package MySqlConnector

Get connection information

Get the connection information needed to connect to the Azure Database for MySQL. You need the fully qualified server name and login credentials.

  1. Log in to the Azure portal.
  2. From the left-hand menu in Azure portal, click All resources, and then search for the server you have created (such as mydemoserver).
  3. Click the server name.
  4. From the server's Overview panel, make a note of the Server name and Server admin login name. If you forget your password, you can also reset the password from this panel. Azure Database for MySQL server name

Step 1: Connect and insert data

Use the following code to connect and load the data by using CREATE TABLE and INSERT INTO SQL statements. The code uses the methods of the MySqlConnection class:

Replace the Server, Database, UserID, and Password parameters with the values that you specified when you created the server and database.

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using MySqlConnector;

namespace AzureMySqlExample
{
    class MySqlCreate
    {
        static async Task Main(string[] args)
        {
            var builder = new MySqlConnectionStringBuilder
            {
                Server = "YOUR-SERVER.mysql.database.azure.com",
                Database = "YOUR-DATABASE",
                UserID = "USER@YOUR-SERVER",
                Password = "PASSWORD",
                SslMode = MySqlSslMode.Required,
            };

            using (var conn = new MySqlConnection(builder.ConnectionString))
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Opening connection");
                await conn.OpenAsync();

                using (var command = conn.CreateCommand())
                {
                    command.CommandText = "DROP TABLE IF EXISTS inventory;";
                    await command.ExecuteNonQueryAsync();
                    Console.WriteLine("Finished dropping table (if existed)");

                    command.CommandText = "CREATE TABLE inventory (id serial PRIMARY KEY, name VARCHAR(50), quantity INTEGER);";
                    await command.ExecuteNonQueryAsync();
                    Console.WriteLine("Finished creating table");

                    command.CommandText = @"INSERT INTO inventory (name, quantity) VALUES (@name1, @quantity1),
                        (@name2, @quantity2), (@name3, @quantity3);";
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@name1", "banana");
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@quantity1", 150);
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@name2", "orange");
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@quantity2", 154);
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@name3", "apple");
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@quantity3", 100);

                    int rowCount = await command.ExecuteNonQueryAsync();
                    Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Number of rows inserted={0}", rowCount));
                }

                // connection will be closed by the 'using' block
                Console.WriteLine("Closing connection");
            }

            Console.WriteLine("Press RETURN to exit");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
    }
}

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Step 2: Read data

Use the following code to connect and read the data by using a SELECT SQL statement. The code uses the MySqlConnection class with methods:

Replace the Server, Database, UserID, and Password parameters with the values that you specified when you created the server and database.

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using MySqlConnector;

namespace AzureMySqlExample
{
    class MySqlRead
    {
        static async Task Main(string[] args)
        {
            var builder = new MySqlConnectionStringBuilder
            {
                Server = "YOUR-SERVER.mysql.database.azure.com",
                Database = "YOUR-DATABASE",
                UserID = "USER@YOUR-SERVER",
                Password = "PASSWORD",
                SslMode = MySqlSslMode.Required,
            };

            using (var conn = new MySqlConnection(builder.ConnectionString))
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Opening connection");
                await conn.OpenAsync();

                using (var command = conn.CreateCommand())
                {
                    command.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM inventory;";

                    using (var reader = await command.ExecuteReaderAsync())
                    {
                        while (await reader.ReadAsync())
                        {
                            Console.WriteLine(string.Format(
                                "Reading from table=({0}, {1}, {2})",
                                reader.GetInt32(0),
                                reader.GetString(1),
                                reader.GetInt32(2)));
                        }
                    }
                }

                Console.WriteLine("Closing connection");
            }

            Console.WriteLine("Press RETURN to exit");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
    }
}

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Step 3: Update data

Use the following code to connect and read the data by using an UPDATE SQL statement. The code uses the MySqlConnection class with method:

Replace the Server, Database, UserID, and Password parameters with the values that you specified when you created the server and database.

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using MySqlConnector;

namespace AzureMySqlExample
{
    class MySqlUpdate
    {
        static async Task Main(string[] args)
        {
            var builder = new MySqlConnectionStringBuilder
            {
                Server = "YOUR-SERVER.mysql.database.azure.com",
                Database = "YOUR-DATABASE",
                UserID = "USER@YOUR-SERVER",
                Password = "PASSWORD",
                SslMode = MySqlSslMode.Required,
            };

            using (var conn = new MySqlConnection(builder.ConnectionString))
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Opening connection");
                await conn.OpenAsync();

                using (var command = conn.CreateCommand())
                {
                    command.CommandText = "UPDATE inventory SET quantity = @quantity WHERE name = @name;";
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@quantity", 200);
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@name", "banana");

                    int rowCount = await command.ExecuteNonQueryAsync();
                    Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Number of rows updated={0}", rowCount));
                }

                Console.WriteLine("Closing connection");
            }

            Console.WriteLine("Press RETURN to exit");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
    }
}

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Step 4: Delete data

Use the following code to connect and delete the data by using a DELETE SQL statement.

The code uses the MySqlConnection class with method

Replace the Server, Database, UserID, and Password parameters with the values that you specified when you created the server and database.

using System;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using MySqlConnector;

namespace AzureMySqlExample
{
    class MySqlDelete
    {
        static async Task Main(string[] args)
        {
            var builder = new MySqlConnectionStringBuilder
            {
                Server = "YOUR-SERVER.mysql.database.azure.com",
                Database = "YOUR-DATABASE",
                UserID = "USER@YOUR-SERVER",
                Password = "PASSWORD",
                SslMode = MySqlSslMode.Required,
            };

            using (var conn = new MySqlConnection(builder.ConnectionString))
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Opening connection");
                await conn.OpenAsync();

                using (var command = conn.CreateCommand())
                {
                    command.CommandText = "DELETE FROM inventory WHERE name = @name;";
                    command.Parameters.AddWithValue("@name", "orange");

                    int rowCount = await command.ExecuteNonQueryAsync();
                    Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Number of rows deleted={0}", rowCount));
                }

                Console.WriteLine("Closing connection");
            }

            Console.WriteLine("Press RETURN to exit");
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
    }
}

Clean up resources

To clean up all resources used during this quickstart, delete the resource group using the following command:

az group delete \
    --name $AZ_RESOURCE_GROUP \
    --yes

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