Use dependency injection in .NET Azure Functions

Azure Functions supports the dependency injection (DI) software design pattern, which is a technique to achieve Inversion of Control (IoC) between classes and their dependencies.

  • Dependency injection in Azure Functions is built on the .NET Core Dependency Injection features. Familiarity with the .NET Core dependency injection is recommended. There are differences, however, in how you override dependencies and how configuration values are read with Azure Functions on the Consumption plan.

  • Support for dependency injection begins with Azure Functions 2.x.

Prerequisites

Before you can use dependency injection, you must install the following NuGet packages:

Register services

To register services, create a method to configure and add components to an IFunctionsHostBuilder instance. The Azure Functions host creates an instance of IFunctionsHostBuilder and passes it directly into your method.

To register the method, add the FunctionsStartup assembly attribute that specifies the type name used during startup.

using System;
using Microsoft.Azure.Functions.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Http;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;

[assembly: FunctionsStartup(typeof(MyNamespace.Startup))]

namespace MyNamespace
{
    public class Startup : FunctionsStartup
    {
        public override void Configure(IFunctionsHostBuilder builder)
        {
            builder.Services.AddHttpClient();

            builder.Services.AddSingleton((s) => {
                return new MyService();
            });

            builder.Services.AddSingleton<ILoggerProvider, MyLoggerProvider>();
        }
    }
}

Caveats

A series of registration steps run before and after the runtime processes the startup class. Therefore, the keep in mind the following items:

  • The startup class is meant for only setup and registration. Avoid using services registered at startup during the startup process. For instance, don't try to log a message in a logger that is being registered during startup. This point of the registration process is too early for your services to be available for use. After the Configure method is run, the Functions runtime continues to register additional dependencies, which can affect how your services operate.

  • The dependency injection container only holds explicitly registered types. The only services available as injectable types are what are setup in the Configure method. As a result, Functions-specific types like BindingContext and ExecutionContext aren't available during setup or as injectable types.

Use injected dependencies

Constructor injection is used to make your dependencies available in a function. The use of constructor injection requires that you do not use static classes.

The following sample demonstrates how the IMyService and HttpClient dependencies are injected into an HTTP-triggered function. This example uses the Microsoft.Extensions.Http package required to register an HttpClient at startup.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
using Microsoft.Azure.WebJobs;
using Microsoft.Azure.WebJobs.Extensions.Http;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Http;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;

namespace MyNamespace
{
    public class HttpTrigger
    {
        private readonly IMyService _service;
        private readonly HttpClient _client;

        public HttpTrigger(IMyService service, IHttpClientFactory httpClientFactory)
        {
            _service = service;
            _client = httpClientFactory.CreateClient();
        }

        [FunctionName("GetPosts")]
        public async Task<IActionResult> Get(
            [HttpTrigger(AuthorizationLevel.Function, "get", Route = "posts")] HttpRequest req,
            ILogger log)
        {
            log.LogInformation("C# HTTP trigger function processed a request.");
            var res = await _client.GetAsync("https://microsoft.com");
            await _service.AddResponse(res);

            return new OkResult();
        }
    }
}

Service lifetimes

Azure Functions apps provide the same service lifetimes as ASP.NET Dependency Injection. For a Functions app, the different service lifetimes behave as follows:

  • Transient: Transient services are created upon each request of the service.
  • Scoped: The scoped service lifetime matches a function execution lifetime. Scoped services are created once per execution. Later requests for that service during the execution reuse the existing service instance.
  • Singleton: The singleton service lifetime matches the host lifetime and is reused across function executions on that instance. Singleton lifetime services are recommended for connections and clients, for example SqlConnection or HttpClient instances.

View or download a sample of different service lifetimes on GitHub.

Logging services

If you need your own logging provider, register a custom type as an ILoggerProvider instance. Application Insights is added by Azure Functions automatically.

Warning

  • Do not add AddApplicationInsightsTelemetry() to the services collection as it registers services that conflict with services provided by the environment.
  • Do not register your own TelemetryConfiguration or TelemetryClient if you are using the built-in Application Insights functionality.

Function app provided services

The function host registers many services. The following services are safe to take as a dependency in your application:

Service Type Lifetime Description
Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration.IConfiguration Singleton Runtime configuration
Microsoft.Azure.WebJobs.Host.Executors.IHostIdProvider Singleton Responsible for providing the ID of the host instance

If there are other services you want to take a dependency on, create an issue and propose them on GitHub.

Overriding host services

Overriding services provided by the host is currently not supported. If there are services you want to override, create an issue and propose them on GitHub.

Working with options and settings

Values defined in app settings are available in an IConfiguration instance, which allows you to read app settings values in the startup class.

You can extract values from the IConfiguration instance into a custom type. Copying the app settings values to a custom type makes it easy test your services by making these values injectable. Settings read into the configuration instance must be simple key/value pairs.

Consider the following class that includes a property named consistent with an app setting.

public class MyOptions
{
    public string MyCustomSetting { get; set; }
}

From inside the Startup.Configure method, you can extract values from the IConfiguration instance into your custom type using the following code:

builder.Services.AddOptions<MyOptions>()
                .Configure<IConfiguration>((settings, configuration) =>
                                           {
                                                configuration.Bind(settings);
                                           });

Calling Bind copies values that have matching property names from the configuration into the custom instance. The options instance is now available in the IoC container to inject into a function.

The options object is injected into the function as an instance of the generic IOptions interface. Use the Value property to access the values found in your configuration.

using System;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Options;

public class HttpTrigger
{
    private readonly MyOptions _settings;

    public HttpTrigger(IOptions<MyOptions> options)
    {
        _settings = options.Value;
    }
}

Refer to Options pattern in ASP.NET Core for more details regarding working with options.

Warning

Avoid attempting to read values from files like local.settings.json or appsettings.{environment}.json on the Consumption plan. Values read from these files related to trigger connections aren't available as the app scales because the hosting infrastructure has no access to the configuration information.

Next steps

For more information, see the following resources: