[ASP.NET MVC ] Controller Factory and Ninject

As an example of a custom controller factory, let’s create a DI (Dependency Injection) controller factory using Ninject.

1. Add Ninject to the MVC Project

  • Tools -> Library Package Manager -> Add Library Package Reference
  • Select “Ninject” on the “Online” tab

“Ninject” will be installed.

2. Creating a Custom Controller Factory

Let’s create “NinjectControllerFactory” that derives from “System.Web.Mvc.DefaultControllerFactory“.

  • Override the “GetControllerInstance()” method to retrieve an controller instance.
public class NinjectControllerFactory : DefaultControllerFactory
  private IKernel ninjectKernel;
  public NinjectControllerFactory()
    ninjectKernel = new StandardKernel();

  protected override IController GetControllerInstance(RequestContext requestContext, Type controllerType)
    return (controllerType == null) ? null : (IController)ninjectKernel.Get(controllerType);

  private void AddBindings()
    // put additional bindings here
    // ninjectKernel.Bind<...>().To<...>();

3. Registering a Custom Controller Factory

In the “Application_Start()” method in the “Global.asax”

  • Get the “ControllerBuilder” object using the “ControllerBuilder.Current” property
  • Call the “SetControllerFactory()” method
protected void Application_Start()
  ControllerBuilder.Current.SetControllerFactory(new NinjectControllerFactory());

4. Modifying the Controller Class

Whenever the routing system figures out what kind (type) of Controller is required, it calls the “GetControllerInstance()” method of the custome factory.

Ninject knows how to create an instance.

Suppose your controll class requires a parameter (such as Data Access object). I think, you know why we need to use DI(Dependency Injection).

public class ProductController : Controller
  private IProductAccessor accessor;
  public ProductController(IProductAccessor productAccessor)
    accessor = productAccessor;

5. DI Binding

Once you have a concreate class for the interface, you need to bind them using “ninjectKernel.Bind”

Check the “AddBindings()” method in the custom factory.

private void AddBindings()
  // put additional bindings here

Now whenever the “ProductController” controller is created, the instance of “DBProductAccessor” is created and passed to the constructor of the controller class.


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