Dapper Tutorial Dapper Contrib - Delete


Database Delete operation refers to the process of deleting data from a database table. To delete data from a database, the user must have the DELETE privilege on the table. The DELETE statement is used to delete records from a database table.

The Dapper.Contrib library provides the Delete method which is a pretty simple way of deleting the data.

  • With the Delete method, we don't need to write any SQL statements, we just need to pass in the object that needs to be deleted as a parameter to the Delete method.
  • The Delete method deletes a given entity in the database.


The syntax of the Delete<T> method is given below:

public static bool Delete<T>(T entityToDelete, IDbTransaction transaction = null, int? commandTimeout = null)

The following table shows the different parameters of a Delete method.

Name Description
entityToDelete Entity to delete, can be a list of entities.
transaction It represents a database transaction. This parameter is optional if we are using this method outside of a transaction, otherwise, it is required.
commandTimeout It represents the time in seconds to wait before terminating the command execution and generating an error. The default value of this parameter is 30 seconds. This parameter is optional.

The Delete method returns true if deleted, false if not found. With the Delete method, you can delete a single or many entities.

Example - Delete Single

To delete an entity, simply call the Delete method and pass in your entity. The following example deletes a single entity using the Delete method.

using (var connection = My.ConnectionFactory())

    var isSuccess = connection.Delete(new Invoice {InvoiceID = 1});

Example - Delete Many

If you would like to delete multiple entities at once, you can pass in an IEnumerable<T> to the Delete method as shown in the following example.

using (var connection = My.ConnectionFactory())

    var list = new List<Invoice>()
        new Invoice {InvoiceID = 1},
        new Invoice {InvoiceID = 2},
        new Invoice {InvoiceID = 3}

    var isSuccess = connection.Delete(list);