I have a simple Sitecore controller that returns an list of items from Sitecore. It's used it in a custom SPEAK UI page.

This works fine in my local dev environment but when I deploy it into an Sitecore environment (which has Castle Windsor setup as an IoC) my controller no longer works. The error in the logs is: 'Could not create controller':

public class MyListBrowsingController : Controller
    public JsonResult GetItems()
        var myList = //get list here
        return Json(myList, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);


As I understand it the problem is that CastleWindsor is wired up via a pipeline and is overwritten the default Sitecore Dependency Resolver, e.g like so:


I know ideally this would be solved with a fall-back like so: https://github.com/HedgehogDevelopment/sitecore-chained-dependency-resolver/blob/master/InversionOfControl.CastleWindsor/Pipelines/SetupDependencyResolvers.cs.

However unfortunately I don't have access / control of this code as it's in a separate dll so id like to explicitly register the route in some other way which won't get overwritten by an IoC.

Is there a way to do this?

Further info:

  • Sitecore 7.5 > 8.1
  • 1
    pre 8.2 DI? or post? – Mark Cassidy Feb 28 '17 at 15:25
  • Sorry Mark I should add this is for 7.5 > 8.1 only currently. I may need to find a solution for 8.2 also though. – Adam Seabridge Feb 28 '17 at 17:27
  • Can you register it with the current IoC, or do you not have access to it? – Chris Auer Feb 28 '17 at 17:46
  • No I don't have access to It. Thats the problem. Else I'd just add it to the container I guess. I need a solution where it ignores / overrides the IoC I think. – Adam Seabridge Feb 28 '17 at 17:53
  • @MarkCassidy Did you have some ideas on how to go about doing this? – Adam Seabridge Mar 1 '17 at 10:55

For anyone coming across this here is what I did.

If you have a DI configured it resets any routes registered after you've added them so you need to register them in the initialize Pipeline like so:

Create a pipeline to register your route:

public class RegisterMySampleRoute
    public virtual void Process(PipelineArgs args)
            new {controller = "SampleController"}

Then patch it in like so:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<configuration xmlns:patch="http://www.sitecore.net/xmlconfig/">
                <processor type="MyNamespace.Pipelines.RegisterMySampleRoute, MyNamespace" patch:before="processor[@type='Sitecore.Mvc.Pipelines.Loader.InitializeRoutes, Sitecore.Mvc']" />

You should then find your custom routes will work as expected.

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