Silex with chainable Dependency Injection compatibility

This project is a very simple extension to the Silex microframework. It contains an Mouf\Interop\Silex\Application class that extends the Silex\Application class. The extended class will let you add additional dependency injection containers (DIC) to Silex' container (that is Pimple).


Silex is a microframework. It is designed on top of Pimple, a very simple dependency injection container (DIC) written in about 80 lines of code. Pimple is a nice DIC, but it can become quite verbose as your project grows. And natively, Silex has no way to use another DIC (the Application class of Silex extends the Pimple class).

This project lets you add any other dependency injection framework directly in your Silex project. Instead of injecting your dependencies by filling the $app variable, you can your own container. Instances declared in your container will be accessible using the Pimple $app['my.instance'] syntax.


The extended Application class has only two additonal methods:

  • registerPrependContainer(): if you want your container to have the precedence over Pimple
  • registerFallbackContainer(): if you want Pimple to have the precedence over your container

When this is done, you can access any instance declared of your container using the $app object, just like you would in any Silex project.

Your DI container must respect the ReadableContainerInterface described in this the container-interop project.

Note: your container does not have to explicitly implement the ContainerInterface interface (because it is not standard yet), but it needs to provide the get and has methods.

What DI containers can I plug in Silex?

Out of the box, you can plug these DI containers, because they respect the ContainerInterface interface:

  • Mouf (
  • Aura DI (
  • Symfony 2 DIC (

But wait! Thanks to Jeremy Lindblom and its awesome Acclimate package, you can now take almost any dependency injection container out there, and get an adapter on that container that respects the ContainerInterface interface.

Prepending or appending containers

When registering your container, you have 2 options:

  • You can preprend your container. In this case, your container will be called before Symfony's container.
  • You can use your container as a fallback. In this case, your container will be called only if Symfony's container does not contain the instance.

To preprend your container, use the registerPrependContainer method:

$app = new Mouf\Interop\Silex\Application();

To use your container has a fallback, use the registerFallbackContainer method:

$app = new Mouf\Interop\Silex\Application();
Note: you are not limited to one container, you can register as many as you want.


This class is distributed as a Composer package:

    require: {
        "mouf/interop.silex.di" : "~1.0"

See a working sample

Check out this use case: creating a Silex controller with the Mouf framework

You are a Symfony 2 user?

There is a very similar package for Symfony 2 application. It lets you add additional containers to the main Symfony 2 container: check it out: interop.symfony.di

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