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A Slim framework container wrapping a ZF2 ServiceManager

v2.0.0 2016-01-24 11:07 UTC

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A Slim framework v2 container wrapping a Zend ServiceManager v3 so that services can be fetched from it.

Current stable release depends on version 3 of the ServiceManager. If you need to use the version 2, install v1 of this component.


Install it with composer. Just run this.

composer require acelaya/slim-container-sm


This library provides a simple class, the Acelaya\SlimContainerSm\Container which extends Slim\Helper\Set and wraps an instance of a ServiceManager (which can be injected on it or lazy loaded).

By replacing Slim's container object by this one you can make Slim framework to fetch services from the ServiceManager, which is much more advanced and configurable.

use Acelaya\SlimContainerSm\Container;
use Slim\Slim;
use Vendor\ComplexClass;
use Vendor\MyAbstractFactory;
use Zend\ServiceManager\Factory\InvokableFactory;
use Zend\ServiceManager\ServiceManager;

// Create a ServiceManager that is going to be used by the application and add some services to it
$sm = new ServiceManager([
    'factories' => [
        'complex_service' => function ($sm) {
            // Do stuff...
            return new ComplexClass();
        'foo_invokable' => InvokableFactory::class,
    'abstract_factories' => [
    'aliases' => [
        'foo' => 'foo_invokable'
// Inject the ServiceManager in the new container
$container = new Container($sm);

// Create Slim object which will initialize its container
$app = new Slim();
// Inject default Slim services into our container
// Override Slim's container with the new one
$app->container = $container;

Once this is done, Slim will continue working with the new container as its own, and you can create more complex services using the ServiceManager.

This library is very useful with rka-slim-controller and slimcontroller, both of them libraries that allow to create controllers in Slim framework as a service. In combination with this, you will be able to register Controllers in a ServiceManager.

Invalid methods

Because of the way the ServiceManager works, there are methods in Slim\Helper\Set that can't be used. These are the methods all, keys, count and getIterator. Those methods will throw a Acelaya\SlimContainerSm\Exception\BadMethodCallException. This makes the Acelaya\SlimContainerSm\Container not iterable.