Dapper Tutorial Dapper Contrib - Update


When updating information in a database, you need to specify the name of the table and the name and value of each column in the SQL statement. The Dapper.Contrib library provides the Update method which is a pretty simple way of updating the data.

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


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

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

The following table shows the different parameters of an Update method.

Name Description
entityToUpdate Entity to update, 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 Update method returns true if updated, and false if not found or not modified. With the Update method, you can update a single or many entities.

Dapper.Contrib's Update method is used to update an existing record in the database. The Update method takes an object as a parameter and updates the records in the database based on the property values of the object.

Example - Update Single

When you need to update a single record, you need to pass the object directly to the Update method that needs to be updated as shown in the below example.

using (var connection = My.ConnectionFactory())

    var isSuccess = connection.Update(new Invoice { InvoiceID = 1, Code = "Update_Single_1"});

Example - Update Many

If you need to update multiple records in the database then you can use the Update method and pass a list of objects that needs to be updated.

The following example shows how to update multiple objects by passing the list as an argument to the Update method.

using (var connection = My.ConnectionFactory())

    var list = new List<Invoice>()
        new Invoice {InvoiceID = 1, Code = "Update_Many_1"},
        new Invoice {InvoiceID = 2, Code = "Update_Many_2"},
        new Invoice {InvoiceID = 3, Code = "Update_Many_3"}

    var isSuccess = connection.Update(list);