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Using MEF with Common Service Locator by navin 10/26/2010 2:52:00 AM

"The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) simplifies the creation of extensible applications. MEF offers discovery and composition abilities that you can leverage to load application extensions." - (

"The common service locator library contains a shared interface for service location which application and framework developers can reference"  - (


How to get them both working together, is as below.

NOTE: I am assuming that the reader is aware of Dependency Injection pattern & the Common Service Locator.

The Steps:

  1. Download the file & extract the MefServiceLocator class written by Glen Block
  2. Create a new ASP.Net MVC 2.0 Web Application Project
  3. Include the MefServiceLocator class into this project
  4. Open the Global.asax.cs file
  5. Make the following code change in the Application_Start event:
    protected void Application_Start(){
  6. Write the RegisterDIContainer method as:
    protected void RegisterDIContainer(){
    var catalog = new AggregateCatalog(
    new AssemblyCatalog(Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly()),
    new DirectoryCatalog(Server.MapPath("~/Plugins"))
    var composition = new CompositionContainer(catalog);
    var mef = new MefServiceLocator(composition);
    ServiceLocator.SetLocatorProvider(() => mef);
  7. With this in place, you are now good to do:
    var controllers = ServiceLocator.Current.GetAllInstances<IController>();

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