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Getting Started with Service

Service (vapor/service) is a dependency injection (inversion of control) framework. It allows you to register, configure, and create your application's dependencies in a maintainable way.

/// register a service during boot
services.register(PrintLogger.self, as: Logger.self)

/// you can then create that service later
let logger = try someContainer.make(Logger.self)
print(logger is PrintLogger) // true

You can read more about dependency injection on Wikipedia. Also be sure to check out the Getting Started → Services guide.


This package is included with Vapor and exported by default. You will have access to all Service APIs when you import Vapor.

import Vapor


The Service package is lightweight, pure-Swift, and has very few dependencies. This means it can be used as a dependency injection framework for any Swift project—even one not using Vapor.

To include it in your package, add the following to your Package.swift file.

// swift-tools-version:4.0
import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
    name: "Project",
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "", from: "1.0.0"),
    targets: [
      .target(name: "Project", dependencies: ["Service", ... ])

Use import Service to access the APIs.


Some of this guide may contain Vapor-specific APIs, however most of it should be applicable to the Services package in general. Visit the API Docs for Service-specific API info.