Default Values

Note

The configuration in this section is applicable to relational databases in general. The extension methods shown here will become available when you install a relational database provider (due to the shared Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Relational package).

The default value of a column is the value that will be inserted if a new row is inserted but no value is specified for the column.

Conventions

By convention, a default value is not configured.

Data Annotations

You can not set a default value using Data Annotations.

Fluent API

You can use the Fluent API to specify the default value for a property.

class MyContext : DbContext
{
    public DbSet<Blog> Blogs { get; set; }

    protected override void OnModelCreating(ModelBuilder modelBuilder)
    {
        modelBuilder.Entity<Blog>()
            .Property(b => b.Rating)
            .HasDefaultValue(3);
    }
}

public class Blog
{
    public int BlogId { get; set; }
    public string Url { get; set; }
    public int Rating { get; set; }
}

You can also specify a SQL fragment that is used to calculate the default value.

class MyContext : DbContext
{
    public DbSet<Blog> Blogs { get; set; }

    protected override void OnModelCreating(ModelBuilder modelBuilder)
    {
        modelBuilder.Entity<Blog>()
            .Property(b => b.Created)
            .HasDefaultValueSql("getdate()");
    }
}

public class Blog
{
    public int BlogId { get; set; }
    public string Url { get; set; }
    public DateTime Created { get; set; }
}