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.
For instructions on the use of the Jenkins plugin please see the OWASP Dependency-Check Plugin page.
More detailed instructions can be found on the
dependency-check github pages.
The latest CLI can be downloaded from bintray's
$ ./bin/dependency-check.sh -h
$ ./bin/dependency-check.sh --project Testing --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]
> .\bin\dependency-check.bat -h
> .\bin\dependency-check.bat --project Testing --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]
On Mac with Homebrew
$ brew update && brew install dependency-check
$ dependency-check -h
$ dependency-check --project Testing --out . --scan [path to jar files to be scanned]
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
The dependency-check plugin can be configured using the following:
For instructions on the use of the Ant Task, please see the dependency-check-ant github page.
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
$ mvn -s settings.xml install
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/dependency-check.sh -h
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/dependency-check.sh --project Testing --out . --scan ./src/test/resources
> mvn -s settings.xml install
> .\dependency-check-cli\target\release\bin\dependency-check.bat -h
> .\dependency-check-cli\target\release\bin\dependency-check.bat --project Testing --out . --scan ./src/test/resources
Then load the resulting 'dependency-check-report.html' into your favorite browser.
In the following example it is assumed that the source to be checked is in the current working directory. Persistent data and report directories are used, allowing you to destroy the container after running.
if [ ! -d "$DATA_DIRECTORY" ]; then
echo "Initially creating persistent directories"
mkdir -p "$DATA_DIRECTORY"
chmod -R 664 "$DATA_DIRECTORY"
mkdir -p "$REPORT_DIRECTORY"
chmod -R 664 "$REPORT_DIRECTORY"
# Make sure we are using the latest version
docker pull owasp/dependency-check
docker run --rm \
--volume $(pwd):/src \
--volume "$DATA_DIRECTORY":/usr/share/dependency-check/data \
--volume "$REPORT_DIRECTORY":/report \
--scan /src \
--format "ALL" \
--project "My OWASP Dependency Check Project" \
# Use suppression like this: (/src == $pwd)
# --suppression "/src/security/dependency-check-suppression.xml"
Building From Source
To build dependency-check run the command:
mvn -s settings.xml install
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Copyright & License
Dependency-Check is Copyright (c) 2012-2017 Jeremy Long. All Rights Reserved.
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.