Dapper Tutorial Dapper - Step by Step Tutorial

What is Dapper?

Dapper is an object-relational mapping (ORM) for the .NET platform. It provides a framework for mapping an object-oriented domain model to a traditional relational database.

  • Dapper provides a mapping between databases and .NET objects.
  • It owns the title of King of Micro ORM in terms of speed and is as fast as using a raw ADO.NET data reader.
  • It extends the IDbConnection by providing useful extension methods to query your database.
  • Dapper also supports mapping queries to objects with multiple levels of nesting (e.g. results that contain lists of objects).


Dapper has the following key features:

  • Speedy and high performance
  • Choice of static/dynamic object binding
  • Easy handling of SQL query
  • Multiple query support
  • Support and easy handling of stored procedures
  • Operating directly on the IDbConnection interface
  • Bulk data insert functionality

How to Install Dapper?

To install Dapper using Visual Studio, you can follow these steps:

Step 1

Create an ASP.NET MVC Web Application project.

Step 2

Install Dapper through NuGet by executing the following command in Package Manager Console.

PM> Install-Package Dapper

Database Data

For this example, let's assume we have the following Customers table in the database.

CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Customers] (
    [CustomerID] INT            IDENTITY (1, 1) NOT NULL,
    [FirstName]  NVARCHAR (MAX) NULL,
    [LastName]   NVARCHAR (MAX) NULL,
    [Email]      NVARCHAR (MAX) NULL,

The customers' table contains the following data.

customer data

Create Model

The model is a collection of classes to interact with the database. Now let's add an entity class Customer in the Model folder.

public class Customer
    public int CustomerID { get; set; }
    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string LastName { get; set; }
    public string Email { get; set; }

Create Controller

MVC controllers are responsible for responding to requests made against an ASP.NET MVC website. Let's create a 'CustomerController' with MVC 5 Controller with read/write actions.

In the Controller Index Action, let's add the following code to retrieve all the data from the Customers table.

// GET: Customer
public ActionResult Index()
    List<Customer> customers = new List<Customer>();
    using (IDbConnection db = new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["CustomerConnection"].ConnectionString))

        customers = db.Query<Customer>("Select * From Customers").ToList();
    return View(customers);

Create View

Generally, we create a View with the same name as an Action method, so let's create an Index view and add the following code.

@model IEnumerable<DapperDemo.Models.Customer>

    ViewBag.Title = "Index";


    @Html.ActionLink("Create New", "Create")
<table class="table">
            @Html.DisplayNameFor(model => model.FirstName)
            @Html.DisplayNameFor(model => model.LastName)
            @Html.DisplayNameFor(model => model.Email)

@foreach (var item in Model) {
            @Html.DisplayFor(modelItem => item.FirstName)
            @Html.DisplayFor(modelItem => item.LastName)
            @Html.DisplayFor(modelItem => item.Email)
            @Html.ActionLink("Edit", "Edit", new { id=item.CustomerID }) |
            @Html.ActionLink("Details", "Details", new { id=item.CustomerID }) |
            @Html.ActionLink("Delete", "Delete", new { id=item.CustomerID })


Let's run your application and specify the following Url.

customer data-1

Try it online