Luuk Van Dongen Luuk Van Dongen - 2 months ago 44x
PHP Question

Laravel: Difference App::bind and App::singleton

I get a bit confused over all the nice things laravel has to offer in terms of the IOC container and facades. Since I'm not an experienced programmer it gets overwhelming to learn.

I was wondering, what is the difference between these two examples:

  1. A facade to 'Foo' and registered in the container via

  2. A facade to 'Foo' and registered in the container via

In my best understanding
will be rewritten as
so in the first example multiple instances of the
class will be created and in the second example, since it's bound via an
, the same instance of
will be returned every time a Method on that object is called.

I'm sorry if the answer to this question is to obvious, but I can't find any confirmation on this matter and nowhere this is clearly explained.


It's exactly like that.

A very simple proof is to test out the bevahior. Since the Laravel Application simply extends Illuminate\Container\Container, we'll use just the container (in my case I even only added the container as dependency to my composer.json) to test.

require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

class FirstClass
    public $value;

class SecondClass
    public $value;

// Test bind()
$container = new Illuminate\Container\Container();


$instance = $container->make('FirstClass');
$instance->value = 'test';

$instance2 = $container->make('FirstClass');
$instance2->value = 'test2';

echo "Bind: $instance->value vs. $instance2->value\n";

// Test singleton()

$instance = $container->make('SecondClass');
$instance->value = 'test';

$instance2 = $container->make('SecondClass');
$instance2->value = 'test2'; // <--- also changes $instance->value

echo "Singleton: $instance->value vs. $instance2->value\n";

The result is as expected:

Bind: test vs. test2

Singleton: test2 vs. test2

Might be a dirty proof, but indeed it is one.

All the magic lies in the Container::make method. If the binding is registered as shared (which means as singleton), the class instance is returned, otherwise a new instance every time.


BTW, Container::singleton is the same as Container::bind with the third parameter set to true.