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Programming language: Swift
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Latest version: v7.1.1

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[Animated Dipping GIF](cinnamon-pretzels-caramel-dipping.gif)
Photo courtesy of www.kevinandamanda.com


Dip is a simple Dependency Injection Container.

It's aimed to be as simple as possible yet provide rich functionality usual for DI containers on other platforms. It's inspired by .NET's Unity Container and other DI containers.

  • You start by creating let container = DependencyContainer() and registering your dependencies, by associating a protocol or type to a factory using container.register { MyService() as Service }.
  • Then you can call container.resolve() as Service to resolve an instance of protocol or type using that DependencyContainer.
  • You can easily use Dip along with Storyboards and Nibs . There is also a code generator that can help to simplify registering new components.

Basic usage

import Dip

class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {

    // Create the container
    private let container = DependencyContainer { container in

        // Register some factory. ServiceImp here implements protocol Service
        container.register { ServiceImp() as Service }

    func application(application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [NSObject: AnyObject]?) -> Bool { 

        // Resolve a concrete instance. Container will instantiate new instance of ServiceImp
        let service = try! container.resolve() as Service


More sophisticated example

import Dip

class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {
    private let container = DependencyContainer.configure()

import Dip
import DipUI

extension DependencyContainer {

    static func configure() -> DependencyContainer {
        return DependencyContainer { container in 
            unowned let container = container
            DependencyContainer.uiContainers = [container]

            container.register(tag: "ViewController") { ViewController() }
              .resolvingProperties { container, controller in
                  controller.animationsFactory = try container.resolve() as AnimatonsFactory

            container.register { AuthFormBehaviourImp(apiClient: $0) as AuthFormBehaviour }
            container.register { container as AnimationsFactory }
            container.register { view in ShakeAnimationImp(view: view) as ShakeAnimation }
            container.register { APIClient(baseURL: NSURL(string: "http://localhost:2368")!) as ApiClient }


extension DependencyContainer: AnimationsFactory { 
    func shakeAnimation(view: UIView) -> ShakeAnimation {
        return try! self.resolve(withArguments: view)

extension ViewController: StoryboardInstantiatable {}


class ViewController {
    var animationsFactory: AnimationsFactory?

    private let _formBehaviour = Injected<AuthFormBehaviour>()

    var formBehaviour: AuthFormBehaviour? {
        return _formBehaviour.value

Documentation & Usage Examples

Dip is completely documented and comes with a Playground that lets you try all its features and become familiar with API. You can find it in Dip.xcworkspace.

Note: it may happen that you will need to build Dip framework before playground will be able to use it. For that select Dip scheme and build for iPhone Simulator.

You can find bunch of usage examples and usfull tips in a [wiki](../../wiki).

If your are using VIPER architecture - here is VIPER demo app that uses Dip instead of manual dependency injection.

There are also several blog posts that describe how to use Dip and some of its implementation details:

File an issue if you have any question. Pull requests are warmly welcome too.


  • [Scopes](../../wiki/scopes). Dip supports 5 different scopes (or life cycle strategies): Unique, Shared, Singleton, EagerSingleton, WeakSingleton;
  • [Auto-wiring](../../wiki/auto-wiring) & [Auto-injection](../../wiki/auto-injection). Dip can infer your components' dependencies injected in constructor and automatically resolve them as well as dependencies injected with properties.
  • [Resolving optionals](../../wiki/resolving-optionals). Dip is able to resolve constructor or property dependencies defined as optionals.
  • [Type forwarding](../../wiki/type-forwarding). You can register the same factory to resolve different types implemeted by a single class.
  • [Circular dependencies](../../wiki/circular-dependencies). Dip will be able to resolve circular dependencies if you will follow some simple rules;
  • [Storyboards integration](../../wiki/storyboards-integration). You can easily use Dip along with storyboards and Xibs without ever referencing container in your view controller's code;
  • [Named definitions](../../wiki/named-definitions). You can register different factories for the same protocol or type by registering them with tags;
  • [Runtime arguments](../../wiki/runtime-arguments). You can register factories that accept up to 6 runtime arguments (and extend it if you need);
  • [Easy configuration](../../wiki/containers-collaboration) & Code generation. No complex containers hierarchy, no unneeded functionality. Tired of writing all registrations by hand? There is a cool code generator that will create them for you. The only thing you need is to annotate your code with some comments.
  • Weakly typed components. Dip can resolve "weak" types when they are unknown at compile time.
  • Thread safety. Registering and resolving components is thread safe;
  • Helpful error messages and configuration validation. You can validate your container configuration. If something can not be resolved at runtime Dip throws an error that completely describes the issue;


You can install Dip using your favorite dependency manager:


pod "Dip"


github "AliSoftware/Dip"

To build for Swift 2.3 run Carthage with --toolchain com.apple.dt.toolchain.Swift_2_3 option.

Swift Package Manager

.Package(url: "https://github.com/AliSoftware/Dip", majorVersion: 5, minor: 0)

Running tests

On OSX you can run tests from Xcode. On Linux you need to have Swift Package Manager installed and use it to build and run tests using this command: swift build --clean && swift build && swift test


This library has been created by [Olivier Halligon]([email protected]) and is maintained by Ilya Puchka.

Dip is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

The animated GIF at the top of this README.md is from this recipe on the yummy blog of Kevin & Amanda. Go try the recipe!

The image used as the SampleApp LaunchScreen and Icon is from Matthew Hine and is under CC-by-2.0.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Dip README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.