Mike Norgate Mike Norgate - 1 month ago 23
C# Question

Automapper skip null values with custom resolver

I want to use automapper to map between my public data contracts and my DB models. I have created a class which automatically goes through all the contracts are creates mappings. The only problem I have is that I only want to map values from the contract to the DB model if the value is not null. I have looked at other question on here but cant see examples that use custom resolvers.

Here is some of my code

var mapToTarget = AutoMapper.Mapper.CreateMap(contract, mappedTo);
foreach (var property in contract.GetProperties().Where(property => property.CustomAttributes.Any(a => a.AttributeType == typeof(MapsToProperty))))
var attribute = property.GetCustomAttributes(typeof(MapsToProperty), true).FirstOrDefault() as MapsToProperty;

if (attribute == null) continue;

opt =>
.ConstructedBy(() => new ContractToSourceResolver(new MapsToProperty(property.Name, attribute.SourceToContractMethod, attribute.ContractToSourceMethod))));

private class ContractToSourceResolver : ValueResolver<IDataContract, object>
private MapsToProperty Property { get; set; }

public ContractToSourceResolver(MapsToProperty property)
Property = property;

protected override object ResolveCore(IDataContract contract)
object result = null;
if (Property.ContractToSourceMethod != null)
var method = contract.GetType()
.GetMethod(Property.ContractToSourceMethod, BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Static);
result = method != null ? method.Invoke(null, new object[] {contract}) : null;
var property =
contract.GetType().GetProperties().FirstOrDefault(p => p.Name == Property.MappedToName);
if (property != null)
result = property.GetValue(contract);

return result;

And this is how I want to use it

AutoMapper.Mapper.Map(dataContract, dbModel)

This currently works great but if there is a NULL value in the dataContract then it will replace the existing value in the dbModel, this is not what I want. How do I make AutoMapper ignore null source values?


As pointed out in one of the answers there is this

Mapper.CreateMap<SourceType, DestinationType>().ForAllMembers(opt => opt.Condition(srs => !srs.IsSourceValueNull));

This would be ideal except for the fact that .ForAllMembers is not accessible from

Mapper.CreateMap(SourceType, DestinationType)


If you want all source properties with null values to be ignored you could use:

Mapper.CreateMap<SourceType, DestinationType>()
  .ForAllMembers(opt => opt.Condition(srs => !srs.IsSourceValueNull));

Otherwise, you can do something similar for each member.

Read this.