declare, start & inject

Below is a short description of koin-core features.


// Add Jcenter to your repositories if needed
repositories {
dependencies {
    compile 'org.koin:koin-core:1.0.2'

Declare a module

To declare a Koin module, we use the Koin DSL. Below is a short example:

val helloModule = module {

    single { HelloMessageData() }

    single<HelloService> { HelloServiceImpl(get()) }

All components described in modules can/should be injected by constructor.

Start Koin

Once you have described your application components in modules, you are ready to start Koin with your list of modules:

fun main(vararg args: String) {


From this function, you can specify:

  • useEnvironmentProperties - use the properties from your environement
  • useKoinPropertiesFile - use the koin.properties file
  • extraProperties - additional map of properties
  • logger: Logger - Koin logger
  • createOnStart: Boolean - create definitions tagged with createOnStart

Inject with KoinComponents

Tag your class with the KoinComponent interface to unlock Koin features:

  • by inject() - lazy inject an instance
  • get() - retrieve an instance
  • getProperty() - get a Koin property
  • release() - release instances from a module

We can inject the module above into class properties:

class HelloApp : KoinComponent {

    // lazy inject property
    val helloService: HelloServiceImpl by inject()

    fun sayHello(){

And we just need to start Koin and run our class:

fun main(vararg args: String) {

    // Start Koin

    // Run our class

Using scopes with the Scope API

What’s a scope?

A scope is a fixed duration of time in which an object exists. When the scope context ends, any objects bound under that scope cannot be injected again (they are dropped from the container).

Declare a scope definition

By default in Koin, we have 3 kind of scopes:

  • single definition, create an object that persistent with the entire container lifetime (can’t be dropped).
  • factory definition, create a new object each time. No persistence in the container (can’t be shared).
  • scope definition, create an object that persistent tied to the associated scope lifetime.

To declare a scope definition, use the scope function:

module {
    scope("session") { Presenter() }

Using a scope

From a KoinComponent class, just use the getKoin() function to have access to following functions

  • createScope(id : String) - create a scope with given id in the Koin scope registry
  • getScope(id : String) - retrieve a previously created scope with given id, from the Koin scope registry
  • getOrCreateScope(id : String) - create or retrieve if already created, the scope with given id in the Koin scope registry
// create a scope in Koin's registry

// will return the same instance of Presenter until scope 'session' is closed
val presenter = get<Presenter>()

Once you have created your Scope instance, let resolve our components!

Once your scope is finished, just closed it with the Scope.close() function:

// from a KoinComponent
val session = getKoin().createScope("session")
// will return the same instance of Presenter until 'session' is closed
val presenter = get<Presenter>()

// close it
// instance of presenter has been dropped

Injecting scope definition

If one of your definition need to inject a scope instance, just resolve it and be sure to have created the right scope before:

class Presenter(val userSession : UserSession)

Just inject it into constructor, with teh right scope:

module {
    // Shared user session data
    scope("session") { UserSession() }
    // Inject UserSession instance from "session" Scope
    factory { Presenter(get())}

val presenter = get<Presenter>()

Close Koin

You can close all the Koin resources and drop instances & definitions. For this you can use the closeKoin() function from anywhere.

(Deprecated) Releasing single instances from a path

From a KoinComponent, you can the release() function to release single instances for a given path. For example;

module {
    module(path = "A") {
        single { ComponentA() }

        module(path = "B") {
            single { ComponentB() }

            module(path = "C") {
                single { ComponentC() }
  • release(“A”): will release ComponentA, ComponentB & ComponentC
  • release(“B”): will release ComponentB & ComponentC
  • release(“C”): will release ComponentC

IMPORTANT: This API is deprecated. In next version, Koin won’t allow to drop single. Better use the Scope API

More about core features

Below are some further readings: