Modular service container

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A modern auto-wiring service container that leverages PHP8 Attributes to tag and interlink services with their dependencies.

It features:

  • Aggregating services from multiple modules using a service provider pattern
  • Comprehensive support for auto-wiring strategies leveraging php-di/invoker
  • Resolution of circular dependencies by automatically injecting lightweight proxy objects


Install this package via composer:

composer require noem/container


The container works by assimilating service factory functions from one or more Service Providers. A Provider looks like this:

interface Provider

     * Returns a list of all container entries registered by this service provider.
     * - the key is the entry name
     * - the value is a callable that will return the entry, aka the **factory**
     * Factories have the following signature:
     *        callable( mixed... ):mixed
     * Factories can declare any number & type of parameters and can expect them to be resolved by the Container
     * @psalm-return array<string,callable(mixed...):mixed>
     * @return callable[]
    public function getFactories(): array;

     * Returns a list of all container entries extended by this service provider.
     * - the key is the entry name
     * - the value is a callable that will return the modified entry
     * Callables have the following signature:
     *        function( mixed $previous, mixed ...$params )
     * The $previous parameter MUST be the first one. Additional parameters will be resolved by the Container.

     * @psalm-return array<string,callable(mixed, mixed...):mixed>
     * @return callable[]
    public function getExtensions(): array;


PHP 8 introduced a new feature called Attributes that allows adding arbitrary metadata to classes, functions, methods and parameters. This provides us with a lot of flexibility when writing service definitions.

During service compilation, the container will parse all function attributes and make them available for manual and automatic resolving of dependencies by implementing AttributeAwareContainer:

interface AttributeAwareContainer extends ContainerInterface
    public function getIdsWithAttribute(string $attribute, ?callable $matching = null): array;

    public function getAttributesOfId(string $id, ?string $attributeFQCN = null): array;

Service-level Attributes


Example: #[Alias( 'my-other-service-id' )]

Use this to advertise your service under a number of IDs without repeating the definition. One use-case is to encourage interface segregation in consumers while supplying them with a class that implements multiple interfaces:

class MyContainer implements ContainerInterface, WritableContainerInterface, FlushableContainerinterface {
   // ...

The service can be defined as follows:

MyContainer::class => 
    fn() => new MyContainer()

The container is now able to resolve any of the interface FQCNs to the instance of MyContainer:

// These all return the same instance:


Example: Tag( 'event-listener' )

You can use this attribute as a low-coupling way to implement extensible "lists of things". A natural application for this would be to wire up event subscribers to a PSR-14 ListenerProvider

$services = [
    'listener.all' =>
        fn( LoggerInterface $logger ) => function( object $event ) use ($logger){
            $logger->info( 'Event triggered: ' . print_r( $event, true ) );

The Tag attribute also supports specifying an optional priority which is used to sort services before they are passed to consumers. The default priority is 50

Example: Tag( 'event-listener', 10 )

Parameter-level Attributes


Example: #[Id( 'service-id' )]

Can be used on parameters of factories/extension functions. It instructs the Container to resolve the parameter by fetching the specified entry. Takes precedence over other means of parameter resolution

$services = [
    'my-string' => fn() => 'hello',
    'greeting' =>
        fn(#[Id('my-string')] string $string) => "{$string} world",

$container = new Container(new ServiceProvider($services));
$greeting = $container->get('greeting'); // 'hello world'


Example: #[WithAttr( MyCustomAttr::class )]

Resolves to all services that have been annotated with the specified Attribute. You can optionally pass a map of key/value pairs that will be used for filtering results.

Example: #[WithAttr( MyCustomAttr::class, [ 'name' => 'foo' ] )]

This will return only those services that are annotated with #[MyCustomAttr('foo')] (provided that foo maps to the attribute's name property of course)


Example: #[TaggedWith( 'foo' )]

This is is a shorthand for WithAttr( Tag::class, [ 'name' => $MY_TAG ] ) to fetch all services with the specified tag.

$services = [
    ListenerProviderInterface:: =>
        fn(#[TaggedWith('event-listener')] callable ...$listeners) => new ListenerProvider(...$listeners),