Zit is a simple dependency injector based heavily on Pimple. It aims to provide the same simplicity as Pimple while offering a slightly more robust object interface.
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Zit is a simple dependency injector based heavily on Pimple. It aims to provide the same simplicity as Pimple while offering a slightly more robust object interface.


Zit is available via Composer:

composer require inxilpro/zit


Zit is simple to use. Like Pimple, objects are defined through anonymous functions that return an instance of the object:

$container = new \Zit\Container();
$container->set('auth', function() {
    return new Auth();

All instantiation functions are passed the container as the first argument, making dependency injection possible:

$container->set('auth', function($container) {
    return new Auth($container->get('db'));

Zit also provides convenient magic methods for setting instantiation functions:

$container->setAuth(function() { /* ... */ }); // Or:
$container->set_auth(function() { /* ... */ });

Getting Objects

Getting objects are as simple as:


Or, if you prefer the shorthand:

$container->getAuth(); // Or:

Getting Fresh Objects

By default, all objects are shared in Zit. That is, once an object is created, that same exact object is returned for each additional get(). If you need a fresh object, you can do so with:

$container->fresh('auth'); // Or:
$container->freshAuth(); // Or:
$container->fresh_auth(); // Or:
$container->newAuth(); // Or:

Note that because the 'new' keyword is reserved, you can only use it if you're using the magic methods.

Constructor Parameters

Sometimes you need to pass parameters to the constructor of an object, while still also injecting dependencies. Zit automatically passes all parameters on to your instantiation function:

$container->setUser(function($c, $id)) {
    $user = new User($id);
    return $user;

$user = $container->newUser(1);

// Parameters are taken into account when caching results:
$user2 = $container->getUser(1); // $user2 === $user;

Storing Static Content

You can also use Zit to store strings/objects/etc. Just pass it instead of a generator:

$container->set('api_key', 'abcd1234567890');
$key = $container->get('api_key');

Please note: You must wrap callables with an instantiation function if you want the callable returned rather than the return value of the callable.

Custom Container

Most projects will benefit from a custom container that sets up its own injection rules. This is as simple as extending Zit:

namespace MyApp\Di;

class Container extends \Zit\Container
    public function __construct()
        $this->setAuth(function() { /* ... */ });
        $this->setUser(function() { /* ... */ });

Change Log

Version 3.0.0

  • Implemented Container Interoperability. Zit was already container-interop compatible, but it now implements the interface and throws an exception that implements Interop\Container\Exception\NotFoundException when a item is not found. This exception extends \InvalidArgumentException, so 3.0.0 should be nearly 100% backwards-compatible, but I'm bumping the major version just in case.
  • Dropped support for PHP 5.3
  • Removed deprecated function setParam
  • setFactory() now accepts any callable instead of specifically a Closure
  • Fixed a typo in the exception message thrown from __call if a method does not exist
  • set() is now fluent (returns the container for chaining)
  • Switched to md4 hashing for speed improvements (we don't need the security of md5)
  • Added DocBlocks throughout the code

Version 2.0

  • Removed the setParam method in favor of checking whether the parameter passed to set is callable.
  • Added the "Factory" variant. This could cause backwards compatibility issues if you have set up objects that end with the word "factory".
  • Updated the delete method so that it clears out objects, callbacks, and factories, which could have some abnormal BC issues as well.