Dapper Transaction IN Operator Support

Dapper.Transaction also supports few extended scenarios, such as using an array as the values for an IN operator in a WHERE clause.

In the previous examples, we implemented various methods which retrieve either all records from the table or only one based on the Id we passed as a parameter.

Now let's say we want to retrieve a list of records based on ids which we will pass as parameters.

private static List<Author> GetAuthors(params int[] ids)
    using (IDbConnection connection = new SqlConnection(ConnectionString))

        using (var transaction = connection.BeginTransaction())
            List<Author> authors = 
                transaction.Query<Author>("SELECT * FROM Authors WHERE Id IN @Ids", new { Ids = ids })

            return authors;

It is pretty simple and almost identical to the examples we have implemented previously.

  • You can see that the GetAuthors method is taking an array of integers as the inputs.
  • If you look at the SELECT statement, we are specifying the list of IDs as the typical anonymous type that we often see.
  • The difference here is that Dapper is smart enough to convert those with the correct formatting that the IN operator needs for the WHERE clause.

You can call this method as shown below.

static void Main(string[] args)
    List<Author> authors = GetAuthors(1, 2);

    foreach (var author in authors)
        Console.WriteLine(author.FirstName + " " + author.LastName);

Let's execute the above code, and you will see the following output.

Cardinal Tom B. Erichsen
William Shakespeare