jw3 / akka-injects

Dependency Injection for Akka using Guice


Akka Injects

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Dependency Injection DSL for Akka. Powered by Guice and implemented as an Akka Extension.


  • Inject to val
  • Easy optional injects
  • Do not require Annotations
  • Respect Actor parent context
  • Avoid handling Injectors
  • Act like Guice
  • Concise DSL


By default the Inject Extension will be loaded on first use.


If you want to force load the extension at ActorSystem creation time you can Load from Configuration.

akka {
  extensions = ["com.rxthings.di.InjectExt"]


To include in your SBT project add a resolver to your sbt build

resolvers += "jw3 at bintray" at "https://dl.bintray.com/jw3/maven"

and add the dependency

libraryDependencies += "com.rxthings" %% "akka-injects" % "0.8"


All required imports are included with

import com.rxthings.di._

Configuration Options

  • akka.inject.mode: specifies the module discovery strategy [manual | config | spi]
  • akka.inject.modules: specifies the FQCN list of Modules when in config mode
  • akka.inject.cfg: specify whether to provide the application Config through the Injector

Module Discovery Modes

The default mode is manual

  • manual: Manual discovery mode that only uses Modules added through InjectExtBuilder
  • config: Configuration discovery mode that uses modules specified in the CfgModuleDiscoveryKey
  • spi: SPI discovery mode uses modules provided by the Java Service Provider Interface (SPI)

Example Usage

Injection is implicit when the lhs is explicitly typed

val config: Config = inject[Config]

val thing: Thing = inject[Thing]

val named: String = inject[String] annotated "namedString"

val actor: ActorRef = injectActor[MyActor]

Optional injection is also implicit when the lhs is an Option

val optionalThing: Option[Thing] = inject[Thing]

val optionalActor: Option[ActorRef] = injectActor[MyActor]

val noThing: Option[Unbound] = inject[Unbound] // == None

val noActor: Option[ActorRef] = injectActor[UnboundActor] // == None

When lhs is not explicitly typed, the required or optional method must be called

val thing = inject[Thing] required

val actor = injectActor[MyActor] required

val optionalThing = inject[Thing] optional

val optionalActor = injectActor[MyActor] optional

Parameters can be passed to ctors using arguments

val thingWithCtorArgs: Thing = inject[Thing] arguments("foo", 999)

Shortcuts for binding annotations, like @Named

val bob: Option[ActorRef] = injectActor[MyActor] named "bob"

Injection within an Actor is easy and final

class MyActor extends Actor {
    val otherActor: ActorRef = inject[MyOtherActor] // otherActor.parent == self
    val configProp: String = inject[String] named "myactor.hostname"


  • SPI is provided by registering com.google.inject.Module implementations as services within META-INF.services
  • Use lazy to break cycles
  • The application config is available by default through the Config binding
  • ScalaGuice uses Manifest so we do too

Bugs and Feedback

For bugs, questions and discussions please use the Github Issues.


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