The following configuration option can be set in the application settings (in the appsettings.json file):

    • Umbraco.ModelsBuilder.ModelsMode determines how Models Builder generates models. Valid values are:

      • Nothing: Do not generate models.
      • InMemoryAuto(default): Generate models in a dynamic in-memory assembly.
      • SourceCodeManual: Generate models in ~/umbraco/models (but do not compile them) whenever the user clicks the "Generate models" button on the Models Builder dashboard in the Settings section.
      • SourceCodeAuto: Generate models in ~/umbraco/models (but do not compile them) anytime a content type changes.
    • Umbraco.CMS.ModelsBuilder.ModelsNamespace (string, default is Umbraco.Cms.Web.Common.PublishedModels) specifies the generated models' namespace.

    • Umbraco.CMS.ModelsBuilder.FlagOutOfDateModels (bool, default is true) indicates whether out-of-date models (i.e. after a content type or data type has been modified) should be flagged.

    • Umbraco.CMS.ModelsBuilder.ModelsDirectory (string, default is ~/umbraco/models) indicates where to generate models and manage all files. Has to be a virtual directory (starting with ~/) below the website root (see also: AcceptUnsafeModelsDirectory below).

    • Umbraco.CMS.ModelsBuilder.AcceptUnsafeModelsDirectory (bool, default is false) indicates that the directory indicated in ModelsDirectory is allowed to be outside the website root (e.g. ~/../../some/place). Due to this being a potential security risk, it is not allowed by default.

    • Umbraco.CMS.ModelsBuilder.DebugLevel (int, default is zero) indicates the debug level. Set to greater than zero to enable detailed logging. For internal / development use.

    Example Configuration

    The example below shows an example configuration using the SourceCodeManual mode.

    	"$schema": "",
    	"Umbraco": {
    		"CMS": {
    			"ModelsBuilder": {
    				"ModelsMode": "SourceCodeManual"

    Models Builder Dashboard

    Models Builder ships with a dashboard in the Settings section of Umbraco's backoffice. The dashboard does three things:

    • Details on how Models Builder is configured
    • Provides a way to generate models (in SourceCodeManual mode only)
    • Reports the last error (if any) that would have prevented models from being properly generated

    Models Builder Dashboard