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How properties are injected

Property injection of dependencies is designed to be done during component activation when a component is created. The responsibility of determining which properties are used for injection is fulfilled by default through PropertiesDependenciesModelInspector - a IContributeComponentModelConstruction implementation which uses all the following criteria to determine if a property represents a dependency:

  • Has 'public' accessible setter
  • Is an instance property
  • If ComponentModel.InspectionBehavior is set to PropertiesInspectionBehavior.DeclaredOnly, is not inherited
  • Does not have parameters
  • Is not annotated with the Castle.Core.DoNotWireAttribute attribute

If a property meets all these criteria, a dependency model is created for it, and this is then resolved when the component dependencies are resolved during activation.


Property injection can be controlled via a number of mechanisms, the most common are listed below.


A simple method to exempt a property from being chosen for injection is to add a Castle.Core.DoNotWireAttribute to the property declaration. This method is best for the occasional exception.

public class MyComponent
   public IFoo Foo { get; set; }

   public IBar MyOtherDependency { get; set; }

In the example above, the MyOtherDependency has the attribute, and Windsor will ignore it, never trying to set it when creating instances of this component.


Making a property setter protected or internal will prevent it from chosen as a dependency property. This can be useful in designing a service which is also protected against arbitrary setting of properties after resolution by clients, making a tight, well-focused service interface.

Removing the PropertiesDependenciesModelInspector

A DefaultKernel has a ComponentModelBuilder which contains a PropertiesDependenciesModelInspector in the Contributors list. It can be removed and then no property injection will be performed on any component. To remove it, use code similar to the following:

// We don't want to inject properties, only ctors
var propInjector = Kernel.ComponentModelBuilder

Replacing the PropertiesDependenciesModelInspector

PropertiesDependenciesModelInspector can be subclassed, and the method InspectProperties can be overridden to accomodate specialized logic to support your needed scenario.

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