I'm new to services (and drupal 8!) and trying to figure out services. I think perhaps I'm just doing the create in an outdated way. What I want do is make my 'hello generator' a service and call it in another controller with the following:


namespace Drupal\db\Controller;

use Drupal\Core\Controller\ControllerBase;
use Drupal\db\DbServices\HelloGenerator;
use Symfony\Component\DependencyInjection\ContainerInterface;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Response;

class DBController extends ControllerBase
private $helloGenerator;

public function __construct(HelloGenerator $x) {
    $this->helloGenerator = $x;
public function say($count) {
    $hello = $this->helloGenerator->getHello($count);

    return new Response($hello);

public static function create(ContainerInterface $container) {
    $x = $container->get('db.hello_generator');
    return new static ($x);


namespace Drupal\db\DbServices;

class HelloGenerator {

public function getHello($count) {
    $foo = 4 + 4 + 4;
    return $foo . ' ' . $count;



     class: Drupal\db\DbServices\HelloGenerator

  path: /db/says/{count}
    _controller: '\Drupal\db\Controller\DBController::say'
    _permission: 'access content'
  • You can follow document. It's correct way to call a service in a controller
    – MrD
    Aug 5, 2016 at 17:46

1 Answer 1


There are 3 questions here:

  1. How to create a controller?
  2. How to create a service?
  3. How to use services in a controller?

1. Create a controller

1.1 Add a controller class - you did it. For others see Drupal documentation

1.2 Add a routing file - it looks like this is missing in your code:


  path: '/my/path'
    _controller: '\Drupal\my_module\Controller\MyController::myAction'
    _permission: 'access content'

see Drupal documentation

2. Create a service

2.1 Add a service class - you did it.

2.2 Add a routing file - you did it although it contains extra code that belongs to the routing file. This is all you need:


    class: Drupal\my_module\Service\MyService

see Drupal documentation

3. Use services in a controller

You did it. Here's a reference for others:

3.1 Override the create() method

The controller class inherits this method from class ControllerBase. Its role is to create the controller object. Watch the method argument: it is passed the services container. Extract the services you need and pass them to the constructor:

public static function create(ContainerInterface $container) {
    $my_service = $container->get('my_module.my_service');
    $other_service = $container->get('other_service');

    return new static($my_service, $other_service);

3.2 Initialise services in __construct()

public function __construct($my_service, $other_service)
    $this->my_service = $my_service;
    $this->other_service = $other_service;

3.3 Start using the services

  • 6
    I wish the official documentation was more in this style, or at least had a few overview articles that was. Short and concise with a generic example easily translated to the real application.
    – Nicolaj
    Feb 1, 2018 at 9:59
  • A do not forget: use Symfony\Component\DependencyInjection\ContainerInterface; in controller class
    – Atep
    Feb 27, 2020 at 8:02
  • While I totally agree with @Nicolaj's comment, this isn't working for me...and I'm not even trying to use a custom service! All I want to do is create a class member variable that holds a static database connection object. I'm used to using systems where connection pooling and never creating more connections than you need is the norm. So how would I implement something similar in a Drupal controller/form?
    – Kenny83
    Apr 8, 2020 at 15:11
  • You might want to open another question @Kenny83, but have you looked at api.drupal.org/api/drupal/core%21lib%21Drupal.php/function/… ? With that you can do something like this: gist.github.com/glaux/f4f1517563ddb57fb98b9213802c1569
    – Nicolaj
    Apr 8, 2020 at 15:22
  • @Nicolaj LOL thanks for pointing out the bleedingly-obvious mate :P I'm well-aware of the core database service and that's what I'm trying to return from my create() method. I suppose you wouldn't have said that though if I hadn't missed something else that should have been obvious...I guess that service does pool connection objects?
    – Kenny83
    Apr 8, 2020 at 17:15

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