Sometimes, maybe in the early stages of the development of a new product/solution, you may find yourself needing a simple way of letting customers edit some parts of the data in a solution.

One approach to this is to create an admin page for simple data entry for an existing database.

In this post I will show how you can do this in few minutes with EF Core Power Tools and an open source community library.

EF Core Power Tools let's you create all the code you need for data access against an existing database in a matter of minutes.

Setting up the web app

First, create a new ASP.NET Core 6 web app, if you use the default template, it will look similar to this:

var builder = WebApplication.CreateBuilder(args);


var app = builder.Build();

if (!app.Environment.IsDevelopment())






Now you can install and run EF Core Power Tools reverse engineering against an existing database.

There is a guide on how to use that tool available here.

For this sample, generate the files in the Models folder, and make sure to install the EF Core provider in your project.

Now add a connection string to the appsettings.Development.json file (nested under appsettings.json):

  "DetailedErrors": true,
  "Logging": {
    "LogLevel": {
      "Default": "Information",
      "Microsoft.AspNetCore": "Warning"
  "ConnectionStrings": {
    "Database": "Server=.\\SQLEXPRESS;Database=Chinook;Trusted_Connection=True;"

Now register the DbContext for use by the ASP.NET Core dependency injection. Add this line just before var app = builder.Build();


Adding CoreAdmin

CoreAdmin is a NuGet package created by Ed Andersen that enables a admin page in your app.

Fully automatic admin site generator for ASP.NET Core. Add one line of code, get loads of stuff. Features include:

  • A data grid for all your entities
  • Search, filter, sort etc on the grid
  • CRUD screens with validation
  • Binary support for image uploads
  • Foreign key navigation
  • Markdown editor
  • ...and an awesome dark theme!

To add CoreAdmin to your app, add the AddCoreAdmin line just before var app = builder.Build();



var app = builder.Build();

And add this line just before app.Run();


Run the app and navigate to /CoreAdmin and you have it - a fully fledged admin web page!

There are a number of configuration and security options described in the read me.

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