ADO.NET Provider for Dynamics CRM

dotConnect for Dynamics CRM is an ADO.NET provider for working with Dynamics CRM data through the standard ADO.NET or Entity Framework interfaces. It allows you to easily integrate Dynamics CRM data into your .NET applications, and integrate Dynamics CRM services with widely used data-oriented technologies.

dotConnect for Dynamics CRM has the same standard ADO.NET classes as other standard ADO.NET providers: DynamicsConnection, DynamicsCommand, DynamicsDataAdapter, DynamicsDataReader, DynamicsParameter, etc. This allows you quickly get started with it and eliminates the need to study any Dynamics CRM data access specificities.

Work with Dynamics CRM Data Easily

dotConnect for Dynamics CRM makes it simple to create .NET applications in C#, VB, or other languages, working with Dynamics CRM data. It offers standard ADO.NET interface, and thus it's easy to master it. It's powerful design-time editors together with seamless Visual Studio integration allow you to work with Dynamics CRM data with less efforts and less code writing. See how easy it is with dotConnect for Dynamics CRM.

Connecting to Dynamics CRM from Server Explorer

To create a Server Explorer connection, you just need to:

  1. Click Connect to Database on the Server Explorer toolbar
  2. Change Data Source to Dynamics CRM Data Source
  3. Specify the login url to the data source, your Dynamics CRM user id and password

That's all, now you can work with Dynamics CRM data right in Visual Studio - select data from Dynamics CRM entities and edit it.


Dynamics CRM connection in Server Explorer


Dynamics CRM Data Binding

  • Build your data access layer without writing code manually
  • Configure dotConnect for Dynamics CRM components in powerful design-time editors
  • Bind data grids and other controls to Dynamics CRM data just by configuring the smart tags
  • Work with Dynamics CRM data just like with a database


Dynamics CRM connection in Server Explorer

Power of SQL





dotConnect for Dynamics CRM allows you to perform SQL queries against your Dynamics CRM data. Use SQL statements to work with Dynamics CRM accounts, contacts, leads, contracts, products, campaigns opportunities, and other objects.

Our provider offers full CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) support and allows you to get Dynamics CRM data with SELECT statements and manage data with INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements.

No need to study and use complex Dynamics CRM API, just use familiar SQL statements. You may use complex JOINs, WHERE conditions, etc. - all the SQL benefits, not available with Dynamics CRM API.

Entity Framework Support

dotConnect for Dynamics CRM allows you to access Dynamics CRM data via Entity Framework - Microsoft's recommended data access technology. It supports Entity Framework v4, v5, v6, and Entity Framework Core, and enables you to use the following Entity Framework features with Dynamics CRM data:

  • LINQ to Entities (no need for Dynamics CRM API)
  • Entity relations with lazy/eager loading
  • No need to post each edited/created object separately - a single SaveChanges() call to persist all the changed objects

dotConnect for Dynamics CRM provides enhanced Entity Framework support for Dynamics CRM data with a bundled visual designer for ORM models with Visual Studio integration - Entity Developer. Standard Visual Studio Entity Data Model designer is also supported.

How it Works


dotConnect for Dynamics CRM offers powerful local SQL engine for SELECT statement execution. It executes SQL statements in the following way:

Simple SQL statements are translated to Dynamics CRM API calls and executed on the Dynamics CRM side directly. However, dotConnect for Dynamics CRM also supports more advanced SQL features, such as SQL functions or expressions, complex WHERE conditions, joins, etc.

If you use these more advanced SQL features, dotConnect for Dynamics CRM queries all the data from the objects that participate in the query, and executes the statement locally.

How to Start

dotConnect for Dynamics CRM has a detailed documentation that can help you quickly get started with our product. Read our tutorials first:


Connecting to Dynamics CRM

This tutorial describes how to connect to Dynamics CRM either from Visual Studio Server Explorer or from application code via DynamicsConnection.

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Retrieving Dynamics CRM Data

This tutorial describes how to get Dynamics CRM data with DynamicsCommand and DynamicsDataReader or with DynamicsDataAdapter.

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Updating Dynamics CRM Data

This tutorial describes how to manage Dynamics CRM data with SQL and the DynamicsCommand class or with the DynamicsDataAdapter class.

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