Version: 3.2

Koin DSL

Thanks to the power of Kotlin language, Koin provides a DSL to help your describe your app instead of annotate it or generate code for it. With its Kotlin DSL, Koin offers a smart functional API to achieve to prepare your dependency injection.

Application & Module DSL

Koin offers several keywords to let you describe the elements of a Koin Application:

  • Application DSL, to describe the Koin container configuration
  • Module DSL, to describe the components that have to be injected

Application DSL

A KoinApplication instance is a Koin container instance configuration. This will let your configure logging, properties loading and modules.

To build a new KoinApplication, use the following functions:

  • koinApplication { } - create a KoinApplication container configuration
  • startKoin { } - create a KoinApplication container configuration and register it in the GlobalContext to allow the use of GlobalContext API

To configure your KoinApplication instance, you can use any of the following functions :

  • logger( ) - describe what level and Logger implementation to use (by default use the EmptyLogger)
  • modules( ) - set a list of Koin modules to load in the container (list or vararg list)
  • properties() - load HashMap properties into Koin container
  • fileProperties( ) - load properties from given file into Koin container
  • environmentProperties( ) - load properties from OS environment into Koin container
  • createEagerInstances() - create eager instances (Single definitions marked as createdAtStart)

KoinApplication instance: Global vs Local

As you can see above, we can describe a Koin container configuration in 2 ways: koinApplication or startKoin function.

  • koinApplication describe a Koin container instance
  • startKoin describe a Koin container instance and register it in Koin GlobalContext

By registering your container configuration into the GlobalContext, the global API can use it directly. Any KoinComponent refers to a Koin instance. By default we use the one from GlobalContext.

Check chapters about Custom Koin instance for more information.

Starting Koin

Starting Koin means run a KoinApplication instance into the GlobalContext.

To start Koin container with modules, we can just use the startKoin function like that:

// start a KoinApplication in Global context
startKoin {
// declare used logger
// declare used modules

Module DSL

A Koin module gather definitions that you will inject/combine for your application. To create a new module, just use the following function:

  • module { // module content } - create a Koin Module

To describe your content in a module, you can use the following functions:

  • factory { //definition } - provide a factory bean definition
  • single { //definition } - provide a singleton bean definition (also aliased as bean)
  • get() - resolve a component dependency (also can use name, scope or parameters)
  • bind() - add type to bind for given bean definition
  • binds() - add types array for given bean definition
  • scope { // scope group } - define a logical group for scoped definition
  • scoped { //definition }- provide a bean definition that will exists only in a scope

Note: the named() function allow you to give a qualifier either by a string, an enum or a type. It is used to name your definitions.

Writing a module

A Koin module is the space to declare all your components. Use the module function to declare a Koin module:

val myModule = module {
// your dependencies here

In this module, you can declare components as described below.

withOptions - DSL Options (since 3.2)

Like for new Constructor DSL definitions, you can specify definition options on "regular" definitions with the withOptions operator:

module {
single { ClassA(get()) } withOptions {

Within this option lambda, you can specify the following options:

  • named("a_qualifier") - give a String qualifier to the definition
  • named<MyType>() - give a Type qualifier to the definition
  • bind<MyInterface>() - add type to bind for given bean definition
  • binds(arrayOf(...)) - add types array for given bean definition
  • createdAtStart() - create single instance at Koin start

Module Includes (since 3.2)

A new function includes() is available in the Module class, which lets you compose a module by including other modules in an organized and structured way.

The two prominent use cases of the new feature are:

  • Split large modules into smaller and more focused ones.
  • In modularized projects, it allows you more fine control over a module visibility (see examples below).

How does it work? Let's take some modules, and we include modules in parentModule:

// `:feature` module
val childModule1 = module {
/* Other definitions here. */
val childModule2 = module {
/* Other definitions here. */
val parentModule = module {
includes(childModule1, childModule2)
// `:app` module
startKoin { modules(parentModule) }

Notice we do not need to set up all modules explicitly: by including parentModule, all the modules declared in the includes will be automatically loaded (childModule1 and childModule2). In other words, Koin is effectively loading: parentModule, childModule1 and childModule2.

An important detail to observe is that you can use includes to add internal and private modules too - that gives you flexibility over what to expose in a modularized project.


Module loading is now optimized to flatten all your module graphs and avoid duplicated definitions of modules.

Finally, you can include multiple nested or duplicates modules, and Koin will flatten all the included modules removing duplicates:

// :feature module
val dataModule = module {
/* Other definitions here. */
val domainModule = module {
/* Other definitions here. */
val featureModule1 = module {
includes(domainModule, dataModule)
val featureModule2 = module {
includes(domainModule, dataModule)
// `:app` module
startKoin { modules(featureModule1, featureModule2) }

Notice that all modules will be included only once: dataModule, domainModule, featureModule1, featureModule2.