Compiler Warning: ‘SimpleInjector.SimpleInjectorMvcExtensions. RegisterMvcAttributeFilterProvider(Container)’ is obsolete

Starting with Simple Injector 2.6 the RegisterMvcAttributeFilterProvider extension method will be marked as obsolete with the System.ObsoleteAttribute. This page describes why we made this decision and identifies things you should consider to mitigate the impact of it’s eventual removal from the API.

What’s the problem?

As of release Simple Injector 2.6 the Container.InjectProperties method is deprecated and the RegisterMvcAttributeFilterProvider extension method initializes attributes by passing instances to the InjectProperties method. The InjectProperties method is an unfortunate legacy method that performs implicit property injection and doesn’t integrate nicely with both the Simple Injector Pipeline and the Diagnostic Services.

RegisterMvcAttributeFilterProvider is deprecated because InjectProperties is deprecated. Please read this wiki page for further information.

So what do you need to do?

The new RegisterMvcIntegratedFilterProvider extension method is provided as the preferred mechanism for property injection into MVC filter attributes. The RegisterMvcIntegratedFilterProvider method integrates with both the Simple Injector Pipeline and the Diagnostic Services and is therefore considered safe to use. Any attributes that are handled by this mechanism will pass through the Pipeline and will be correctly initialized according to the container’s configuration.

Please note that by default Simple Injector is configured to not do property injection as we advise developers to always prefer constructor injection. Switching to RegisterMvcIntegratedFilterProvider will therefore not automatically prompt the container to inject properties. The container needs to be explicitly configured to do property injection.

The IPropertySelectionBehavior extension point can be used to enable property injection in a way that fully integrates with both the Pipeline and Diagnostic Services. A common solution is to apply the ImportAttribute to the properties of attributes that need injection and register an instance of the following class with Simple Injector:

using System;
using System.ComponentModel.Composition;
using System.Linq;
using System.Reflection;
using SimpleInjector.Advanced;

class ImportPropertySelectionBehavior : IPropertySelectionBehavior {
    public bool SelectProperty(Type type, PropertyInfo prop) {
        return prop.GetCustomAttributes(typeof(ImportAttribute)).Any();

The previous class can be registered as follows:

var container = new Container();
container.Options.PropertySelectionBehavior = new ImportPropertySelectionBehavior();


Please read the Advanced Scenarios - Propery Injection documentation page for more information.

Note: Instead of injecting dependencies into attributes (i.e. injecting behaviour into metadata), please consider adopting a different design, one where the attribute data and the behaviours are kept separate, as outlined in this article.