Unable to scaffold “datetime” type columns from MySQL in .net core 3.1

A similar issue has been posted in the past about scaffolding in .net core 2 but that was on a date column and no solution has been posted to date.

There’s no specific table as any table containing a datetime column type throws the following error from the console:

Could not find type mapping for column 'database.table.columnname' with data type 'datetime'. Skipping column.

This answer to a question about reading datetime values and a MySQL quirk with 0000-00-00 00:00:00 values made me wonder if changing the connection string format would help. So I added the ConvertZeroDateTime=true to the connection string in the scaffold command:

Scaffold-DbContext "server=localhost;port=3306;user=root;password=notherealpassword;database=sodb;ConvertZeroDateTime=true;" MySql.Data.EntityFrameworkCore -OutputDir Model -f

I still have the same error, does anyone have any suggestions? I have 380+ tables in this database so an automated solution would be most helpful.


I had the same problem and now I solved it.

I can’t be assured if my solution works to your case but I think this solution would work to your case.

  1. Remove all packages related to Entity Framework.
  2. Install the following packages the version is 5.0.4

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  1. Open Package Manager Console window. Now we will install Pomelo packages it depends on .Net standard.
  2. Enter the command “Install-Package Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql -Version 5.0.0-alpha.2”
  3. Enter the command “Install-Package Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql.NetTopologySuite -Version 5.0.0-alpha.2”

The commands try to install the following packages.

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  1. Now Enter to Package Manager Console window the following command. Scaffold-DbContext “server=localhost;port=3306;uid=root;pwd=notherealpassword;database=sodb; “Pomelo.EntityFrameworkCore.MySql” -OutputDir Models -f

  2. The result of command is as below. enter image description here

I hope this post helps you.