PSR-11 dependency injection container

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A bare bones PSR-11 dependency injection container, implementing ArrayAccess.


Atanvarno\Dependency does not provide auto-wiring via reflection. It is a bare bones container only.


PHP >= 8.0 is required, but the latest stable version of PHP is recommended.


Atanvarno\Dependency is available on Packagist and can be installed using Composer:

$ composer require atanvarno/dependency

Basic Usage

use Atanvarno\Dependency\Container;
use function Atanvarno\Dependency\{entry, factory, object, value};

$container = new Container();

// Add a value to the container
$container['value ID'] = 'your value';

// Add a lazy loaded class to the container
$container['class ID'] = object(YourClass::class, ['argument1', entry('value ID')]);

// Get a value from the container
$value = $container['value ID'];
var_dump($value === 'your value'); // true

// Get a class instance from the container
$instance = $container['class ID'];
var_dump($instance instanceof YourClass::class); // true


Retrieving Entries

There are two ways to retrieve an entry:

// Using array syntax
$item1 = $container['ID'];

// Calling get()
$item2 = $container->get('ID');

Entries retrieved from an ID will, by default, be the same instance:

var_dump($item1 === $item2); // true

You can specify that each time you get a particular ID it will be a new instance when you define your entries (see lazy loading entries).

Checking Entries

There are two ways to check if an entry is available, each returns bool:

// Using array syntax

// Calling has()

Removing Entries

There are two ways to remove an entry:

// Using array syntax

// Calling delete()

Adding entries

There are several ways to add an entry:

// Using array syntax
$container['ID'] = $entry;

// Calling set()
$container->set('ID', $entry);

$entry can be any PHP value. Atanvarno\Dependency\Container when used like this is a simple key-value store, not particularly different from an array.

Instead entries can be defined so that they are lazy loaded.

Entries can also be added via the constructor (see instantiation).

Lazy Loading Entries

Any entry can be defined as lazy loaded, so it is built only when it is accessed.

Two helper functions are included to allow you define lazy loaded entries: factory() and object().

(The examples use the set() method, but array syntax works as well.)

You can return a value from any callable using factory():

$container->set('ID', factory(
    function() {
        // ...

You can return an object from its class name using object():

$container->set('ID', object(ClassName::class));

Both factory() and object() take an array of parameters to pass to the callable or constructor. These parameters can be any PHP value or can be other container entries. Other container entries are referenced by using the entry() function:

// Setting a factory
$callable = function(int $arg1, ClassName $arg2) {
    // ...
$container->set('ID', factory($callable, [5, entry('ClassInstance')]));

// Setting an object
class ClassName
    public function __construct(int arg1, OtherClass $arg2)
        // ...
$container->set('ID', object(ClassName::class, [5, entry('OtherInstance')]));

(The container itself can referenced using the default entry ID container. If you need the container to have a different entry ID, use setSelfId().)

Both factory() and object() take an optional third bool parameter which determines whether the first value they return should be registered and subsequently always returned when the entry is retrieved (default behaviour), or whether a new value should be returned each time (pass false).

// A non-registered factory
$container->get('ID', factory(function(){/*...*/}, [], false));

// A non-registered object
$container->get('ID', object(ClassName::class, [], false));

Setting Properties and Calling Methods

You may want to set public properties or call methods of newly instantiated objects in order to configure them for use.

Both factory() and object() return a Definition which provides methods with a fluent interface to allow this:

    object(ClassName::class, [$param1, entry('param2')])
        ->method('methodName', [$param3, entry('param4')]) // Call a method with parameters
        ->property('propertyName', 'value') // Then set a property value
        ->property('otherProperty', entry('aValue')) // Then set another property

The example uses object(), but will work as well with factory(). Note if factory() does not define a object instance, these methods will do nothing.

Delegate Lookup Feature

Atanvarno\Dependency\Container implements container-interop's delegate lookup feature and can act as both a parent/composite/delegate and child container.

To add child containers (and make $container a composite container) use addChild():


Subsequent calls will add additional children.

To add a parent container (and make $container delegate its dependency lookups) use setDelegate():


Subsequent calls will replace the parent.

Fluent Interface

Atanvarno\Dependency\Container provides a fluent interface, allowing multiple calls to be chained. These methods each return the Container instance:

  • addChild()
  • clearCache()
  • delete()
  • get()
  • set()
  • setDelegate()
  • setSelfId()


When the container is instantiated it optionally accepts an array of Definition instances (returned from factory(), object() and value()) which will be added to the container. This array is indexed by entry ID.

$container = new Container([
        => factory(
            function(ContainerInterface $c){return $c->get('value');},
        => object(
                [entry('value'), true]
            ->property('name', entry('called')
            ->method('methodName', 500),
    'value' => value('an arbitary PHP value'),

You can make a configuration file that returns this array:

<?php // containerConfig.php
use function Atanvarno\Dependency\{entry, factory, object, value};

return [
    'app' =>
    'cache' =>
        object(CacheClass::class, [entry('cache config')]),
    'cache config' =>
            function(string $configDir){return $configDir . '/cache.php';},
            [entry('config directory')]
    'config directory' => 
    'logger' =>
        object(LoggerClass::class, [entry('log config')])
            ->method('pushHandler', [entry('log handler'), Logger::WARNING]),
    'log config' =>
            function(string $configDir){return $configDir . '/logger.php';},
            [entry('config directory')]
    'log handler' =>
        object(LogHandler::class, [entry('log path')]),
    'response' =>
            function(AppClass $app) {
                return $app->getResponse($app->getRequest());
    'router' =>
        object(RouterClass::class, [entry('router config')]),
    'router config' =>
            function(string $configDir){return $configDir . '/routes.php';},
            [entry('config directory')]

Then include it in the constructor call:

$container = new Container(include '../config/containerConfig.php');


Atanvarno\Dependency\Container can use a PSR-16 cache to persist registered items. Note it does not persist definitions; only registered values that have been returned at least once.

The cache is invisible to the user; calls to delete(),get() and set() will use and update the cache as they require.

If you want to clear the container's cache use clearCache():

// Clears the container's cache; other values stored in the cache are untouched

The constructor accepts a cache as its second parameter and an optional key for use with the cache as its third parameter (defaults to container).

/** @var CacheInterface $cache PSR-16 cache. */
$cache = /* ... */ ;
$container = new Container([], $cache, 'container-cache-key');

The constructor also accept an entry() that points to a cache defined in the first parameter, so the cache instance can be loaded by the container itself.

$container = new Container(
    ['cache' => object(CacheClass::class)],


All exceptions thrown implement PSR-11's ContainerExceptionInterface.

Full API

See API.