Dependency Injection

Drush 9 command files obtain references to the resources they need through a technique called dependency injection. When using this programing paradigm, a class by convention will never use the new operator to instantiate dependencies. Instead, it will store the other objects it needs in class variables, and provide a way for other code to assign an object to that variable.

Types of Injection

There are two ways that a class can receive its dependencies. One is called “constructor injection”, and the other is called “setter injection”.

Example of constructor injection:

    public function __construct(DependencyType $service)
        $this->service = $service;

Example of setter injection:

    public function setService(DependencyType $service)
        $this->service = $service;

A class should use one or the other of these methods. The code that is responsible for providing the dependencies a class need is usually an object called the dependency injection container.

Services Files

Drush command files can request that Drupal inject services by using a file. See the document commands for instructions on how to use the Drupal Code Generator to create a simple command file starter with a file. An initial services file will look something like this:

    class: \Drupal\my_module\Commands\MyModuleiCommands
      - { name: drush.command }

See the Drupal Documentation for details on how to inject Drupal services into your command file. The process is exactly the same as using a Drupal services.yml file to inject services into your module classes.


Drush will also inject dependencies that it provides using a technique called inflection. Inflection is a kind of dependency injection that works by way of a set of provided inflection interfaces, one for each available service. Each of these interfaces will define one or more setter methods (usually only one); these will automatically be called by Drush when the commandfile object is instantiated. The command only needs to implement this method and save the provided object in a class field. There is usually a corresponding trait that may be included via a use statement to fulfill this requirement.

For example:

namespace Drupal\my_module\Commands;

use Drush\Commands\DrushCommands;
use Drush\SiteAlias\SiteAliasManagerAwareInterface;
use Drush\SiteAlias\SiteSliasManagerAwareTrait;

class MyModuleiCommands extends DrushCommands implements SiteAliasManagerAwareInterface
  use SiteSliasManagerAwareTrait;
public function commandName($) 
  $selfAlias = $this->aliasManager()->getSelf();
$this->logger()->success(‘The current alias is {name}’, [‘name’ => $selfAlias]);

All Drush command files extend DrushCommands; DrushCommands implements IOAwareInterface and LoggerAwareInterface, which gives access to $this->logger() and other ways to do input and output. See the IO documentation for more information.

Any additional services that are desired must be injected by implementing the appropriate inflection interface.

Available Drush Services

Note that although the autoloader and Drush dependency injection container is available and may be injected into your command file if needed, this should be avoided. Favor using services that can be injected from Drupal or Drush. Some of the objects in the container are not part of the Drush public API, and may not maintain compatibility in minor and patch releases.