Using PostgreSQL

One of the updates in MicroLite 3.0 was support for PostgreSQL, however there are a couple of things you need to do if you wish to use PostgreSQL which you don’t for MS SQL. This is due to the fact that the .NET framework supports MS SQL natively, whereas the PostgreSQL implementations of the System.Data classes are provided by

The easiest way to get started is to install the Npgsql NuGet package, although you can download and install it from if you don’t/can’t use NuGet.

As usual you will still need to add a named connection string to your app.config:

    <add name="PostgreSqlTest"
         connectionString="Server=localhost;Database=database;User Id=User;Password=Pswd;"
         providerName="Npgsql" />

You also need to add another section to your app.config so that the .NET framework knows about the Npgsql provider:

      <remove invariant="Npgsql" />
      <add name="PostgreSQL Data Provider"
           description=".Net Data Provider for PostgreSQL"
           type="Npgsql.NpgsqlFactory, Npgsql, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=5d8b90d52f46fda7" />

Make sure that the version specified matches the version you have installed or you will get an exception thrown by the .NET runtime at startup when it tries to resolve the assembly.

Then finally, in you application startup, you need to call the overload method for ForConnection so that you can specify the PostgreSqlDialect:

var sessionFactory = Configure
    .ForConnection(connectionName: "PostgreSqlTest", sqlDialect: "MicroLite.Dialect.PostgreSqlDialect")

This article was written for version 3.0.0 of the MicroLite framework.


As of MicroLite 4.0.1, use the ForPostgreSqlConnection method instead:

var sessionFactory = Configure

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