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Directory-independent dependency injection for Nodejs.

The idea behind this module is an open, flexible, directory-independent module system that does not enforce new coding styles foreign to Nodejs.

Current Version: 0.5.1

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If you need an example to help you get started, I've created a small and easy example of most of the features of Injector.

View the example of a working injector app




This is where the application is set up (or bootstrapped). It is most likely going to exist before any kind of server or database connection.

// Require modules 
var Injector = require('injector');
// Injector config 
var config = {
    directory: [ 'some/module/directory' ],
    exclude: [ 'some/other/directory' ] // (OPTIONAL) 
// Set up our application 
Injector.create('ApplicationName', config, function (err, injector) {


  • directory - a list of directories to use to look for injector modules (string or array)
  • exclude - (OPTIONAL) a list of directories to ignore when looking for injector modules
  • mock - (OPTIONAL) an object whose keys are module names and values are mocked definitions to override the original module definition. Most likely used for writing unit tests. See Writing unit tests with Injector for an example of how to mock injector dependencies.


To declare an injectable module, the file must start with // inject (or # inject for Coffeescript). This is how the file is declared injectable.

Anything following that should be declared with the Nodejs convention exports.SomeModuleName = function () {}. A module may be declared as a String, Object, Array, or Function (see below).

A module in a module file will only be bootstrapped if in the folder specified in the directory: value (See Setup).


// inject 
exports.SomeModule = function (inject, SomeDependency) {
    // Injector now provides the 'inject' method, allowing 
    // you to inject core modules, npm modules, or injector 
    // modules. 
    var fs = inject('fs');
    // Module logic goes here 
    // Return anything you want public facing 
    someDependency(); // outputs 'Yo!' 
exports.SomeDependency = function () {
    return 'Yo!';


// inject 
exports.AnyName = {
    someKey: 'some value'


// inject 
exports.SOME_CONSTANT = 'some value';

Writing unit tests with Injector

The whole point of dependency injection, especially with Injector, is to create a MUCH easier and reliable way to write tests around your code.

Injector makes TDD (Test Driven Development) very easy by allowing you to mock dependencies through the Injector instance. See the following example for a how-to:

var Injector = require('injector');
// Inject are app 
Injector.create('AppName', {
    directory: 'someDirectory',
    // Here's where you mock dependencies. 
    // Just use the dependency's name and redefine it. 
    // You can even use dependency injection in the mocks. 
    mock: {
        SomeModuleToMock: function (fs) {
            return function () {
                // Module logic here 
                return fs;
}, function (err, injector) {
    // App injected 

Now that we've mocked the module SomeModuleToMock, wherever it's injected into other modules, the mock will be injected instead of the original module definition. This is incredibly useful for avoiding network requests or database writes while running your unit tests.

An example of where you might use this would be with a Redis connection. Instead of actually connecting to a Redis client, you can mock out Redis to load the module fakeredis. Now writing unit tests around Redis interactions becomes far less painful and reduces the time it takes to run the tests.

Run Injector's tests

npm test



  • FIXED: Mocking dependencies now works with core and npm modules (i.e. async, path, fs, etc.).


  • NEW: Inject mocked dependencies. Makes unit testing your code a breeze!
  • FIXED: More reliable manual dependency injection using inject


  • FIXED: Modules using the inject method exploded if dependency had not been bootstrapped.


  • NEW: Manually inject a module from the injector instance variable with injector.inject(moduleName)


  • FIXED: Refactored loading internal core modules. Exciting for future features!


  • NEW: inject() method available for a more commonjs approach. See examples for usage.
  • FIXED: Breaking tests. Better coverage


  • NEW: Npm modules in node_modules directory are now injectable like a normal Injector module. No need to call require('') in any module now.
  • NEW: Using /* inject */ now also declares a file has having an injectable module
  • NEW: define one OR multiple module directories
  • FIXED: error with invalid directory type (object, function, etc). Only strings or arrays are allowed