Modules & definitions

How to write your definitions and modules in Koin

Writing definitions in Koin is done via Kotlin functions, that describe ishow is built your instance. Once you have configured your Koin application, let’s write some modules and definitions.

Writing module & definitions

Given some classes that we need to inject:

class DataRepository()
interface Presenter
class MyPresenter(val repository : Repository) : Presenter
class HttpClient(val url : String)

Here how we could define some components:

// declare a module
val myModule = module {

    // Define a singleton for type  DataRepository
    single { DataRepository() }

    // Define a factory (create a new instance each time) for type Presenter (infered parameter in <>) 
    // Resolve constructor dependency with get()
    factory<Presenter> { MyPresenter(get()) }
    // Define a singleton of type HttpClient
    // inject property "server_url" from Koin properties
    single { HttpClient(getProperty("server_url")) }


You can give a qualifier to a component. This qualifier can be a string or a type, and is setup with the named() function:

val myModule = module {

    // Define a singleton for type  DataRepository
    single { DataRepository() }

    // Mock
    single(named("mock")) { MockDataRepository() }

Additional types (binding secondary types)

In the module DSL, for a definition, you can give some extra type to bind, with the bind operator (binds for list of KClass):

module {
    single { Component1() } bind ComponentInterface1::class

Then you can request your instance with get<Component1>() or get<ComponentInterface1>().

You can bind multiple definitions with the same type:

module {
    single { Component1() } bind ComponentInterface1::class
    single { Component2() } bind ComponentInterface1::class

But here you won’t be able to request an instance with get<Simple.ComponentInterface1>(). You will have to use koin.bind<ComponentInterface1,Component1>() to retrieve an instance of ComponentInterface1, with the Component1 implementation.

Note that you cal also look for all components binding a given type: getAll<ComponentInterface1>() will request all instances binding ComponentInterface1 type.

Combining several modules

There is no concept of import in Koin. Just combine several complementary modules definitions.

Let’s dispatch definitions in 2 modules:

val module1 = module {
    single { DataRepository() }
val module2 = module {
    factory<Presenter> { MyPresenter(get()) }

We just need to list them for Koin:

startKoin {

Loading modules after start

After Koin has been started with startKoin { } function, it is possible to load extra definitions modules with the following function: loadKoinModules(modules...)

Dropping definitions & modules - definitions unload

Once a modules has been loaded into Koin, we can unload it and then drop definitions and instances, related to those definitions. for this we use the unloadKoinModules(modules...)

val module = module {
    single { (id: Int) -> Simple.MySingle(id) }
startKoin {

get<Simple.MySingle> { parametersOf(42) } -> id is 42

// unload definitions for given module
// load definitions for given module

get<Simple.MySingle> { parametersOf(24) } -> id is 24

Declare instance on the fly

One of the last backport feature from Koin 1.0 is the ability to declare an instance on the fly. This is now available on Koin.declare() or Scope.declare()

val koin = koinApplication {
    // no def

// Create an instance
val a = Simple.ComponentA()

// declare it

// retrieve it
assertEquals(a, koin.get<Simple.ComponentA>())

You can also use a qualifier or secondary types to help create your definition:

  • koin.declare(myInstance, named("qualifier"))
  • koin.declare(myInstance, secondaryTypes = listOf())

Module Keywords recap

A quick recap of the Koin DSL keywords:

  • module { } - create a Koin Module or a submodule (inside a module)
  • factory { } - provide a factory bean definition
  • single { } - provide a bean definition
  • get() - resolve a component dependency
  • named() - define a qualifier with type or string
  • bind - additional Kotlin type binding for given bean definition
  • binds - list of additional Kotlin types binding for given bean definition
  • getProperty() - resolve a Koin property