Koin Components

declare, start & inject

Sometimes you can’t declare only components via Koin. Dependening on your runtime technology, you can need to retrieve instances from Koin in a class that is not created with Koin (i.e: Android)

Using the KoinComponent interface

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

  • by inject() - lazy inject an instance
  • get() - retrieve an instance
  • getProperty() - get a Koin property

We can inject the module above into class properties:

// Tag class with KoinComponent
class HelloApp : KoinComponent {

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

    fun sayHello(){

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

// a module with our declared Koin dependencies 
val helloModule = module {
    single { HelloServiceImpl() }

fun main(vararg args: String) {

    // Start Koin
    startKoin {

    // Run our Koin component

Bootstrap and runtime extensions

KoinComponent interface is also used to help you boostrap an application from outside of Koin. Also, you can bring KoinComponent feature by extension functions directly on some tagret classes (i.e: Activity, Fragment have KoinComponent feature in Android).

Bridge with Koin instance & current Scope

The KoinComponent interface brings the following:

interface KoinComponent {

     * Get the associated Koin instance
    fun getKoin(): Koin = GlobalContext.get().koin

     * THe associated scope
    fun currentScope(): Scope = Scope.GLOBAL

It opens the following possibilties:

  • You can then redefine then getKoin() function to redirect to a local custom Koin instance.
  • You can redefine currentScope to give a dedicated Scope instance and avoid to pass it manually in argument in you components.

More about core Koin Components

Below are some further readings: