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This page is converted from the old nhforge.org Wiki. First published by: oorduz on 11-28-2008, Last revision by: John Davidson on 09-07-2011

Dynamically change user info in connection string

In some cases our clients has to use the same database user id in each connection, so they can use audit and security features of their database system (and their DBAs will be happy [:)]).

To do that in Nh We can use the ConnectionProvider facility. Just derive a class from the standard DriverConnectionProvider class:

public class DynamicConnectionProvider : DriverConnectionProvider
    private string _connectionString;
    public override void Configure(IDictionary<string, string> settings)

        // Connection string in the configuration overrides named connection string
        if (!settings.TryGetValue(NHibernate.Cfg.Environment.ConnectionString,out _connectionString))
    _connectionString = GetNamedConnectionString(settings);

        if (_connectionString == null)
            throw new HibernateException("Could not find connection string setting (set " 
                + NHibernate.Cfg.Environment.ConnectionString + " or " 
                + NHibernate.Cfg.Environment.ConnectionStringName + " property)");

This is necessary because the original connection string is private, but just copy the code from base method.

The real magic is in "ConnectionString" property, it is called when nh has to connect in a Session. You have to override it so you can make the changes you need. 

protected override string ConnectionString
    get { return FixConnectionString(_connectionString); }

In this case FixConnectionString read the user info from some environment variable and inject it in the connection string.

Finally configure NH to use the ConnectionProvider:

            <property name="connection.provider">
                MyAssembly.DynamicConnectionProvider, MyAssembly

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