Getting started with OrmLite

After installing OrmLite we now need to configure OrmLite's DB Connection Factory containing the RDBMS Dialect you want to use and the primary DB connection string you wish to connect to. Most NuGet OrmLite packages only contain a single provider listed below:

SqlServerDialect.Provider      // SQL Server Version 2012+
SqliteDialect.Provider         // Sqlite
PostgreSqlDialect.Provider     // PostgreSQL 
MySqlDialect.Provider          // MySql
OracleDialect.Provider         // Oracle
FirebirdDialect.Provider       // Firebird

SQL Server Dialects

Except for SQL Server which has a number of different dialects to take advantage of features available in each version, please use the best matching version closest to your SQL Server version:

SqlServer2008Dialect.Provider  // SQL Server <= 2008
SqlServer2012Dialect.Provider  // SQL Server 2012
SqlServer2014Dialect.Provider  // SQL Server 2014
SqlServer2016Dialect.Provider  // SQL Server 2016
SqlServer2017Dialect.Provider  // SQL Server 2017+

OrmLite Connection Factory

To configure OrmLite you'll need your App's DB Connection string along the above RDBMS Dialect Provider, e.g:

var dbFactory = new OrmLiteConnectionFactory(

If you're using an IOC register OrmLiteConnectionFactory as a singleton:

    new OrmLiteConnectionFactory(":memory:", SqliteDialect.Provider)); //InMemory Sqlite DB

Which can then be used to open DB Connections to your RDBMS.

Creating Table and Seed Data Example

If connecting to an empty database you can use OrmLite's Create Table APIs to create any missing tables you need, which OrmLite creates based solely on the Schema definition of your POCO data models.

CreateTableIfNotExists returns true if the table didn't exist and OrmLite created it, where it can be further populated with any initial seed data it should have, e.g:

using var db = dbFactory.Open();

if (db.CreateTableIfNotExists<Poco>())
    db.Insert(new Poco { Id = 1, Name = "Seed Data"});

var result = db.SingleById<Poco>(1);
result.PrintDump(); //= {Id: 1, Name:Seed Data}

Multiple database connections

Any number of named RDBMS connections can be registered OrmLite's DbFactory RegisterConnection, e.g:

// SqlServer with a named "Reporting" PostgreSQL connection as a part of the same `dbFactory`
var dbFactory = new OrmLiteConnectionFactory(connString, SqlServer2012Dialect.Provider);

dbFactory.RegisterConnection("Reporting", pgConnString, PostgreSqlDialect.Provider);

Named connections can be opened by its name:

using var db = dbFactory.Open("Reporting");

If using ServiceStack the [NamedConnection] attribute can be used to configure Services base.Db connection with the named connection RDBMS, e.g:

public class QueryReports {}

public class ReportServices : Service
    public object Any(QueryReports request) => Db.Select<Reports>();

Or if using AutoQuery it can be used to associate Data Models with the named connection:

public class Reports { ... }

public class QueryReports : QueryDb<Reports> {}

More examples available in Multitenancy docs.

OrmLite Interactive Tour

A quick way to learn about OrmLite is to take the OrmLite Interactive Tour which lets you try out and explore different OrmLite features immediately from the comfort of your own browser without needing to install anything: