Entity framework and VARBINARY


I’m using the .NET entity framework and I’ve got one entity containing a varbinary. Is there an easy way to get the size of the varbinary in the codebehind, efter it’s been retrieved from the database?

I’m thinking there might be some way to get the size directly from the entity, something like entity.Context.Size – or do one need to handle it differently?

3/3/2009 9:52:14 AM

Accepted Answer

A varbinary translates to a byte[] field in Entity Framework, which means you can check the Length property of the array:

int fieldSize = entity.MyVarBinaryField.Length;

As mentioned by tster: In a LINQ to Entities query, you can call the DataLength method of the SqlFunctions class, which will translate into a DATALENGTH function call in the generated SQL statement. This only works with SQL Server and Entity Framework 4 or later:

int? fieldSize = repository.Entity
  .Select(e => SqlFunctions.DataLength(e.MyVarBinaryField)).Single();
5/31/2018 12:32:13 PM

I know this question is old, but EF now supports this by using SqlFunctions.DataLength()

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