The following configuration option can be set in the application settings (in the appSettings section of the Web.config file):

    • Umbraco.ModelsBuilder.Enable (bool, default it false) and acts as a kill-switch. When false, Models Builder behaves as if it were not installed at all, and all other settings are ignored.

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

      • Nothing: Do not generate models.
      • PureLive(default): Generate models in a dynamic in-memory assembly.
      • AppData: Generate models in ~/App_Data/Models (but do not compile them) whenever the user clicks the "Generate models" button on the Models Builder dashboard in the Settings section.
      • LiveAppData: Generate models in ~/App_Data/Models (but do not compile them) anytime a content type changes.
    • Umbraco.ModelsBuilder.EnableFactory (bool, default is true) determines whether Models Builder registers the built-in IPublishedContentFactory. When false, models can be generated, but will not be used by Umbraco.

    • Umbraco.ModelsBuilder.ModelsNamespace (string, default is Umbraco.Web.PublishedModels) specifies the generated models' namespace.

    • Umbraco.ModelsBuilder.FlagOutOfDateModels (bool, default is true) indicates whether out-of-date models (i.e. after a content type or data type has been modified) should be flagged.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.ModelsBuilder.ModelsDirectory (string, default is ~/App_Data/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.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.ModelsBuilder.DebugLevel (int, default is zero) indicates the debug level. Set to greater than zero to enable detailed logging. For internal / development use.

    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 LiveAppData mode only)
    • Reports the last error (if any) that would have prevented models from being properly generated

    Models Builder Dashboard