The MaxLength Attribute

The MaxLength attribute is applied to a property to specify a maximum number of characters or bytes for the column that the property should map to. The following example specifies that the Title column in the Books table is to have a maximum length of 150 characters instead of the default which is unlimited:

public class Book
    public int BookId { get; set; }
    public string Title { get; set; }
    public Author Author { get; set; }

In terms of database configuration, the MaxLength attribute works in the same way as the StringLength attribute. In previous versions of Entity Framework, the MaxLength attribute also enforced entity validation and an exception was raised if the supplied value exceeded the maximum length specified. Entity validation is not included in Entity Framework Core 1.0.

It is believed that the MaxLength attribute was introduced primarily for syntactical reasons, emphasising the fact that it can be applied to byte arrays (varbinary in SQL Server) as well as strings.

Fluent API

The Fluent API equivalent for the MaxLength attribute is the HasMaxLength method.

Last updated: 14/03/2017 16:33:43
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