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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