The following code works in Sitecore 8.2 but not in Sitecore 9:

var provider = LinkManager.Provider;

The Provider property is not available anymore in Sitecore 9 Sitecore.Kernel, what should I use instead?


After digging into the new Sitecore.Kernel assembly I have found the following way to get the default LinkProvider or your custom with the following appraches:

To get default Sitecore.Links.LinkProvider:

var defaultProvider = ServiceLocator.GetRequiredResetableService<ProviderHelper<Sitecore.Links.LinkProvider, LinkProviderCollection>>()?.Value?.Provider;

To get your custom YourNamespace.LinkProvider:

var customProvider = ServiceLocator.GetRequiredResetableService<ProviderHelper<Sitecore.Links.LinkProvider, LinkProviderCollection>>()?.Value?.Provider as YourNamespace.LinkProvider;

As below in the comments Pete and Mark pointed out that the ServiceLocator is an antipattern so I gave a try to do it with dependency injection, and it works. The following example shows, how you can use it with ItemResolver and DI:

public class ItemResolver : HttpRequestProcessor
    protected readonly ProviderHelper<Sitecore.Links.LinkProvider, LinkProviderCollection> providerHelper;

    public ItemResolver(ProviderHelper<Sitecore.Links.LinkProvider, LinkProviderCollection> providerHelper)
        this.providerHelper = providerHelper;

    private Sitecore.Links.LinkProvider GetSitecoreLinkProvider()
        return this.providerHelper?.Provider;

    private YourNamespace.LinkProvider GetCustomLinkProvider()
        return this.providerHelper?.Provider as YourNamespace.LinkProvider;


    <processor type="YourNamespace.ItemResolver, YourNamespace" resolve="true" />
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    I want to upvote, but I think that you should provide the proper way to get this. While using ServiceProvider works, it's an antipattern to standard Dependency Injection, which should be used instead, but thats probably more of an opinion, but I consider it best practice. Dec 16 '18 at 20:55
  • I second that. Going via ServiceLocator cannot - I truly hope - be the new official way of getting to the LinkProvider
    – Mark Cassidy
    Dec 16 '18 at 21:13
  • @PeteNavarra so I could inject ProviderHelper<LinkProvider, LinkProviderCollection> via constructor? I will try to use DI and update the answer. Dec 16 '18 at 21:16
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    @PeteNavarra, it works like a charm with DI. Thanks for pointing this out! Dec 17 '18 at 7:43

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