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License: Apache License 2.0
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Dependency-Check is a Software Composition Analysis (SCA) tool that attempts to detect publicly disclosed vulnerabilities contained within a project's dependencies. It does this by determining if there is a Common Platform Enumeration (CPE) identifier for a given dependency. If found, it will generate a report linking to the associated CVE entries.

Documentation and links to production binary releases can be found on the github pages. Additionally, more information about the architecture and ways to extend dependency-check can be found on the wiki.

7.0.0 Upgrade Notice

If upgrading to 7.0.0 or higher, there were breaking changes. If you get an error indicating you can't connect to the database you will need to run the purge command to remove the old database:

  • gradle: ./gradlew dependencyCheckPurge
  • maven: mvn org.owasp:dependency-check-maven:7.0.0:purge
  • cli: dependency-check.sh --purge

Homebrew users upgrading to dependency-check 7.0.0 will need to purge their old database.

Current Releases

Jenkins Plugin

For instructions on the use of the Jenkins plugin please see the OWASP Dependency-Check Plugin page.

Command Line

More detailed instructions can be found on the dependency-check github pages. The latest CLI can be downloaded from github in the releases section.

On *nix

$ ./bin/dependency-check.sh -h
$ ./bin/dependency-check.sh --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]

On Windows

> .\bin\dependency-check.bat -h
> .\bin\dependency-check.bat --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]

On Mac with Homebrew Note - homebrew users upgrading from 5.x to 6.0.0 will need to run dependency-check.sh --purge.

$ brew update && brew install dependency-check
$ dependency-check -h
$ dependency-check --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]

Maven Plugin

More detailed instructions can be found on the dependency-check-maven github pages. By default, the plugin is tied to the verify phase (i.e. mvn verify). Alternatively, one can directly invoke the plugin via mvn org.owasp:dependency-check-maven:check.

The dependency-check plugin can be configured using the following:


Gradle Plugin

For instructions on the use of the Gradle Plugin, please see the dependency-check-gradle github page.

Ant Task

For instructions on the use of the Ant Task, please see the dependency-check-ant github page.

Development Prerequisites

For installation to pass, you must have the following components installed:

  • Java: java -version 1.8
  • Maven: mvn -version 3.5.0 and higher

Tests cases require:

Development Usage

The following instructions outline how to compile and use the current snapshot. While every intention is to maintain a stable snapshot it is recommended that the release versions listed above be used.

The repository has some large files due to test resources. The team has tried to clean up the history as much as possible. However, it is recommended that you perform a shallow clone to save yourself time:

git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/jeremylong/DependencyCheck.git

On *nix

$ mvn -s settings.xml install
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/dependency-check.sh -h
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/dependency-check.sh --out . --scan ./src/test/resources

On Windows

> mvn -s settings.xml install
> .\cli\target\release\bin\dependency-check.bat -h
> .\cli\target\release\bin\dependency-check.bat --out . --scan ./src/test/resources

Then load the resulting 'dependency-check-report.html' into your favorite browser.

Building without running tests

To speed up your turnaround cycle times, you can also compile without running the tests each time:
mvn -s settings.xml install -Dmaven.test.skip=true

Please remember to at least run the tests once before opening the PR. :)

IntelliJ Idea

To be able to debug your tests in IntelliJ Idea, you can introduce a maven configuration that executes your test and enables debugging with breakpoints etc.
Basically, you do what´s described in https://www.jetbrains.com/help/idea/work-with-tests-in-maven.html#run_single_test and set the forkCount to 0, otherwise debugging won´t work.

Step by step:

  • Run -> Edit Configurations
  • + (Add new configuration) -> Maven
  • Give the Configuration a name, e.g. Run tests
  • Choose working directory, e.g. core
  • In command line, enter -DforkCount=0 -f pom.xml -s ../settings.xml test
  • Press OK
  • Run -> Debug, then choose the newly created run configuration

IntelliJ will now execute the test run for the core subproject with enabled debugging. Breakpoints set anywhere in code should work.

Only test one function or one class

If you would like to speed up your turnaround cycle times, you can also just test one function or one test class.
This works by adding -Dtest=MyTestClass or -Dtest=MyTestClass#myTestFunction to the run configuration. The complete command line in the run configuration then would be:

-Dtest=MyTestClass#myTestFunction -DforkCount=0 -f pom.xml -s ../settings.xml test


In the following example it is assumed that the source to be checked is in the current working directory and the reports will be written to $(pwd)/odc-reports. Persistent data and cache directories are used, allowing you to destroy the container after running.

For Linux:


DC_PROJECT="dependency-check scan: $(pwd)"

if [ ! -d "$DATA_DIRECTORY" ]; then
    echo "Initially creating persistent directory: $DATA_DIRECTORY"
    mkdir -p "$DATA_DIRECTORY"
if [ ! -d "$CACHE_DIRECTORY" ]; then
    echo "Initially creating persistent directory: $CACHE_DIRECTORY"
    mkdir -p "$CACHE_DIRECTORY"

# Make sure we are using the latest version
docker pull owasp/dependency-check:$DC_VERSION

docker run --rm \
    -e user=$USER \
    -u $(id -u ${USER}):$(id -g ${USER}) \
    --volume $(pwd):/src:z \
    --volume "$DATA_DIRECTORY":/usr/share/dependency-check/data:z \
    --volume $(pwd)/odc-reports:/report:z \
    owasp/dependency-check:$DC_VERSION \
    --scan /src \
    --format "ALL" \
    --project "$DC_PROJECT" \
    --out /report
    # Use suppression like this: (where /src == $pwd)
    # --suppression "/src/security/dependency-check-suppression.xml"

For Windows:

@echo off

set DC_VERSION="latest"
SET DC_PROJECT="dependency-check scan: %CD%"

    echo Initially creating persistent directory: %DATA_DIRECTORY%
    mkdir %DATA_DIRECTORY%
    echo Initially creating persistent directory: %CACHE_DIRECTORY%

rem Make sure we are using the latest version
docker pull owasp/dependency-check:%DC_VERSION%

docker run --rm ^
    --volume %CD%:/src ^
    --volume %DATA_DIRECTORY%:/usr/share/dependency-check/data ^
    --volume %CD%/odc-reports:/report ^
    owasp/dependency-check:%DC_VERSION% ^
    --scan /src ^
    --format "ALL" ^
    --project "%DC_PROJECT%" ^
    --out /report
    rem Use suppression like this: (where /src == %CD%)
    rem --suppression "/src/security/dependency-check-suppression.xml"

Building From Source

To build dependency-check (using Java 8) run the command:

mvn -s settings.xml install

Building the documentation

The documentation on the github pages is generated from this repository:

mvn -s settings.xml site  site:staging

Once done, point your browser to ./target/staging/index.html.

Building The Docker Image

To build dependency-check docker image run the command:

mvn -s settings.xml install


Permission to modify and redistribute is granted under the terms of the Apache 2.0 license. See the LICENSE.txt file for the full license.

Dependency-Check makes use of several other open source libraries. Please see the NOTICE.txt file for more information.

Copyright (c) 2012-2022 Jeremy Long. All Rights Reserved.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the DependencyCheck README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.