ASP.NET membership database not appearing in the App_Data folder

Reading over some MVC documentation at, I noticed several people complaining that they couldn’t see the database after building the application. I went to my App_Data folder and I saw the same behavior – no database. Even restarting Visual Studio didn’t reveal the database.

However, you should be able to view the database by right clicking on the App_Data folder and selecting “Open Folder in File Explorer”.

ASP.NET membership database

ASP.NET membership database

You can also click on the “Show All Files” icon, and should reveal it as well:

Show All Files

Show All Files

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