Autofac Integration

Autofac is one of the most used dependency injection frameworks for .NET. It provides advanced features compared to .Net Core's standard DI library, like dynamic proxying and property injection.

Install Autofac Integration

All the startup templates and samples are Autofac integrated. So, most of the time you don't need to manually install this package.

If you're not using a startup template, you can use the ABP CLI to install it to your project. Execute the following command in the folder that contains the .csproj file of your project (suggested to add it to the executable/web project):

abp add-package Volo.Abp.Autofac

If you haven't done it yet, you first need to install the ABP CLI. For other installation options, see the package description page.

Finally, configure AbpApplicationCreationOptions to replace default dependency injection services by Autofac. It depends on the application type.

ASP.NET Core Application

Call UseAutofac() in the Program.cs file as shown below:

public class Program
    public static int Main(string[] args)

    internal static IHostBuilder CreateHostBuilder(string[] args) =>
            .ConfigureWebHostDefaults(webBuilder =>
            .UseAutofac(); //Integrate Autofac!

If you are using the static WebApplication class, you can call the UseAutofac() extension method as shown below:

public class Program
    public async static Task Main(string[] args)
        var builder = WebApplication.CreateBuilder(args);
        builder.Host.UseAutofac(); // Integrate Autofac!
        await builder.AddApplicationAsync<MyProjectNameWebModule>();
        var app = builder.Build();
        await app.InitializeApplicationAsync();
        await app.RunAsync();

Console Application

Call UseAutofac() method in the AbpApplicationFactory.Create options as shown below:

using System;
using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Volo.Abp;

namespace AbpConsoleDemo
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            using (var application = AbpApplicationFactory.Create<AppModule>(options =>
                options.UseAutofac(); //Autofac integration

Using the Autofac Registration API

If you want to use Autofac's advanced registration API, you need to access the ContainerBuilder object. Volo.Abp.Autofac nuget package defines the IServiceCollection.GetContainerBuilder() extension method to obtain the ContainerBuilder object.

Example: Get the ContainerBuilder object in the ConfigureServices method of your module class

public override void ConfigureServices(ServiceConfigurationContext context)
    var containerBuilder = context.Services.GetContainerBuilder();
    containerBuilder.RegisterType<MyService>(); // Using Autofac's registration API

You should install the Volo.Abp.Autofac nuget package to the project that you want to use the Autofac API.

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