EF Code First DbContext.SavingChanges

Unfortunately there is no SavingChanges event on the code first DbContext, but there is a way to get to it.

The DbContext used for data access with Entity Framework Code First has a simplified API compared to the ObjectContext which is good. Unfortunately it is a bit too simple sometimes. For example there is no built in event that can be used to act before pending changes are written to the database. Fortunately, there is a way to get to the underlying ObjectContext which has such an event.

public void TestSavingChanges()
    using (var ctx = new CarsContext())
        var objCtx = ((IObjectContextAdapter)ctx).ObjectContext;

        bool eventCalled = false;

        objCtx.SavingChanges += (sender, args) => eventCalled = true;



Of course it would be really simple to create an own event inside an override of SaveChanges but having a built in one is even more simple. There is also a ObjectMaterialized event that is fired each time an object is loaded from the database as well as some additional methods and properties that are not available directly on the DbContext.

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