Koin Dependency Injection Framework For Android

Koin – Dependency Injection Framework For Android

Working with dependency injection is one complex concept in android dependency injection. Because Dagger-2 had complicated the concept for me when I came into android.

In this tutorial,I have explained about another dependency injection framework that I recently adopted and how it has really simplified the process for me. That is Koin.

what is koin?

A pragmatic lightweight dependency injection framework for Kotlin developers. Written in pure Kotlin using functional resolution only: no proxy, no code generation, no reflection!
Office Website – https://insert-koin.io/

Why Koin?

Koin is easy, simple & well documented. It is perfect for encapsulated feature/library modules.

How Koin Works ?

The koin works on simple DSL model. Here we have to create module first. In this module all the dependent objects are there, then we have to load one or more modules in koin. Then, we are ready to use this object. Generally we are loading module in to koin in application class by calling startKoin method,then we can inject the object wherever we want,this how the Koin works.

With Koin, setting up dependency injection is kind of a manual process, you essentially plug your services into the module graphs and those dependencies will later get resolved at runtime.

Dagger Vs Koin

Use annotationsDo not use annotations
Does not have a dedicated logDedicated log for object creation
Steep learning curveLow learning curve
Errors can be found at compile timeErrors are fired at runtime
Not interaction with ViewModelDedicated library to work with ViewModel (Android Jetpack)
Support by GoogleCreated by a French developer
Written in JavaWritten in Kotlin
Many posts in Stack OverflowNot many posts in Stack Overflow

Lines of code

Lines of code difference between Dagger and Koin

Here are the key functions.

get() – is used inside constructors to resolve needed instances. I advise using named parameters to achieve a better definition & improve readability.

factory – is used to indicate that a new instance must be created each time it is injected.

single – indicates that a unique instance will be created at the beginning and shared on every future injection.

repositoryModule – contains examples of binding interfaces (domain’s repo interface with its actual implementation) you can read more here.

name – is used to name definitions. This is required when you want to have multiple instances of the same class with different types. 

bind – additional Kotlin type binding for given bean definition

getProperty() – resolve a property

module { } – create a Koin Module or a submodule (inside a module)

viewModel { } – definition, and this enables you to define a viewModel dependency.

Scope – Koin’s scope allows you to define local scoped-dependencies that are short-lived, like a Presenter, View Adapter, or other service components that are meant to be short-lived within a defined scope, like an Activity’s scope.

Koin Android Example

1. Add Dependencies

Add dependencies to app build.gradle file.

implementation 'org.koin:koin-android:1.0.2'
implementation 'org.koin:koin-android-viewmodel:1.0.2'
implementation 'org.koin:koin-androidx-scope:1.0.2'

2. create network module

create retrofit instance

private fun httpInterceptor() = HttpLoggingInterceptor().apply {
    level = HttpLoggingInterceptor.Level.BODY

private fun basicOkHttpClient() = OkHttpClient.Builder().addInterceptor(httpInterceptor()).build()

fun createBasicAuthService(): BasicApiService {
    val retrofit = Retrofit.Builder()
    return retrofit.create(BasicApiService::class.java);

create network module

networkModule = module {
    single { createBasicAuthService() }
    single { RxSingleSchedulers.DEFAULT }


To learn more about Retrofit please check this.
kotlin retrofit android example with Recyclerview

3. create ViewModel module

create ViewModel

class MainViewModel(val apiService: BasicApiService, val schedulers: RxSingleSchedulers) : ViewModel() {

    val userList = MutableLiveData<List<Users>>()
    fun fetchUsers() {
            .subscribe({ result -> userList.postValue(result) },
                { throwable ->


Create Viewmodel module

viewModelModule = module {
    viewModel {
        MainViewModel(get(), get())

4. Start Koin

startKoin(this, listOf(networkModule, viewModelModule))

5. inject the viewmodel dependency

Class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity() {
    lateinit var userAdapter: UserAdapter
    val mainViewModel: MainViewModel by viewModel()
    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        userAdapter = UserAdapter()
        recyclerview.adapter = userAdapter
        mainViewModel.userList.observe(this, Observer {
            it?.let {

Read More,

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Beginning Android Development with Kotlin

Oauth Android Tutorial With Example

Koin - Dependency Injection Framework For Android

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