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An introduction to OData CSDL Modeler for Visual Studio Code

In this blog post, we’ll demonstrate a new lightweight tool OData CSDL modeler for OData developers to view OData metadata CSDL document in a graphical manner in Visual Studio Code so that they can understand the structure of OData metadata more easily.

Usage of OData CSDL modeler for VSCODE

You can very easily find OData CSDL Modeler in VSCODE Marketplace at, and install the extension to your VSCODE development environment.

In order to use the CSDL modeler to view your OData metadata CSDL document, you need to download and copy the CSDL document locally:

Right click the edmx file, click “Open With…” context menu:

In the VSCODE command popup dialog, select “Open with OData CSDL Modeler”:

Now you will see the OData metadata document is loaded successfully by the OData CSDL Modeler:


In the blog post, we introduced a new tool OData CSDL Modeler in VSCODE Marketplace that enables OData developers to view complex OData metadata CSDL documents in a graphical manner so that they can understand OData CSDL structure more easily.

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      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams

      Thanks, this great, and very timely! We may have to explore this extension in this coming Friday's Hands-on SAP Dev live stream 🙂 Thanks also to Ralf Handl for alerting me to this.

      Author's profile photo Xiao-fei Song
      Xiao-fei Song
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      Great DJ Adams! Any feedback would be appreciated after you evaluate the tool.