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Has anyone tried to use the GUID as primary key

Topics: Core, General, Writing modules
May 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM


I have tried to configure a new data table that are using Guid as the primary key.

But I'm not sure how to write it inside orchard. are there a standard way of doing this ?!

I think that everything that I try is failing some how 



Thanks Peter

May 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Not sure if you will succeed, as the default mapping is linked to an auto generated integer. Some more info here:

And here: Orchard.Environment.ShellBuilders.CompositionStrategy.IsRecord()

May 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM
Edited May 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

(sorry for the formatting. I keep running into formatting issues when I insert codesnippets into codeplex lately)

I have had to implement this because I wanted a set of table with their clustered indexes aligned to the Guid. I ran into struggles using an actual Guid column but I did succeed by using a string column as the primary key and building a Repository interface that uses a Guid.  I couldn't use IRepository though for this as it expects and int Id column, so I had to instead implement a special repository interface




public interface IGuidRepository<T> : IRepository<T>     {        T Get(Guid refId);    }

public class GuidRepository<T> : Repository<T>, IGuidRepository<T>   
           public GuidRepository(ISessionLocator sessionLocator):base(sessionLocator)        {        }

           public virtual T Get(Guid refId)        {            return Session.Get<T>(refId.ToString());        }           


Then because it was a Generic I couldn't use IDependency, so I had to manually register it

using System.Reflection;

using Autofac;
using Orchard.Data.Providers;
using Module = Autofac.Module;

namespace SRB.Portal.Core.Storage.Models
      public class GuidRepositoryModule : Module   
            protected override void Load(ContainerBuilder builder) {                            

My models just implement "Id" as a string


public virtual string Id { get; set; } //RefId as a string       
public virtual DateTime StoredOn { get; set; }       
public virtual String LabelInternal { get; set; }       
public virtual String LabelExternal { get; set; }

And in my migrations file

 var value = table           
           .Column("Id", DbType.String, column => column.WithLength(40).PrimaryKey()) 
           .Column("StoredOn", DbType.DateTime)
           .Column("LabelInternal", DbType.String)
           .Column("LabelExternal", DbType.String);


And to use just inject it into your constructor and call Get(guid) on it.

 public ETIFObjectStorageService(IGuidRepository<T> repository)       
       _Repository = repository;       


Hope this helps

May 30, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Thank you for your answers - very good help.

Ryang your example looks like what we need - thank you for sharing :-)