Swift 2.2

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This is a small dependency injection framework. It’s like Swinject, but with fewer features, different method names, and a different implementation of auto-injecting storyboards. At Hipmunk we use it to support our Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) architecture.

You might find that Swinject is a better fit for you, but we decided to publish this framework anyway because:

  • It’s very small; you can learn from it by reading it
  • We use it and are happy with it
  • We tried to use Swinject instead but its auto-injecting storyboard implementation seemed to be buggy
  • It introduces the idea of an assembly: a conceptual grouping of dependency declarations.

If you’d like to use HIPInstanceLocator but aren’t satisfied with its level of documentation, please open an issue on GitHub or vote for an existing one.

Auto-Injecting Storyboards (HIPLocatorStoryboard)

This framework has one class that isn’t listed in the sidebar because it’s an Objective-C class: HIPLocatorStoryboard. If you instantiate a storyboard as a HIPLocatorStoryboard, then any view controllers inside it may have its dependencies injected using blocks specified by locator.injectInstancesOf(T, factory:).


  1. Add <HIPInstanceLocator/HIPInstanceLocator.h> to your bridging header. HIPLocatorStoryboard is an Objective-C class, and it needs to be bridged over to Swift. Unfortunately, frameworks don’t support briding headers, so this can’t be done automatically yet.

  2. For the storyboard whose view controllers you want to inject, register dependency injection blocks on your locator:

    let locator = HIPInstanceLocator()
    locator.injectInstancesOf(MyViewController.self) {
      locator, viewController in
      print("Injecting MyViewController")
      viewController.someDependency = locator.implicitGet()
  3. Instantiate the storyboard:

    let storyboard = HIPLocatorStoryboard(name: "MyStoryboard", bundle: nil, locator: locator)
    let viewController = storyboard.instantiateInitialViewController()!
    // should have printed "Injecting MyViewController"
    presentViewController(viewController, animated: true, completion: nil)

Any view controllers instantiated by this storyboard are automatically injected. Additionally, any storyboard references also result in HIPLocatorStoryboard instances. So you don’t need to worry about doing all your segues and presentations in code to use dependency injection!