Dependency injection in Laravel commands

December 22, 2014

Something that I've not really paid attention to for a while is the Artisan commands in our Laravel applications. We've a handful of utility functions which aren't masterpieces by any means but they get the job done. All our commands have been registeted in artisan.php.

Artisan::add(new Users\ResendWelcomeEmailCommand);

However, if you wanted to inject anything into your command (like you would with your controllers) this isn't going to cut it. Let's assume we want to inject the User model into our command.

// Namespaces and other use statements excluded.
class ResendWelcomeEmailCommand extends Command
     * User instance.
     * @var \User
    protected $user;

    public function __construct(User $user)

        $this->user = $user;

So, there are two ways we can use Laravel's IoC container to automatically inject the command's dependencies. The first is to manually pull the instance out of the container and pass it to Artisan.


The second, easier way is to use the resolve() method, which handles everything for you.


By switching from Artisan::add() to Artisan::resolve() you gain the ability to use Laravel's IoC container for dependency injection. Too easy!

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