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: --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/ -h
$ ./bin/ –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 --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:

… org.owasp dependency-check-maven check … … …

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:

  • dotnet core version 6.0
  • Go: go version 1.12 and higher
  • Ruby bundler-audit
  • Yarn
  • pnpm

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

On *nix

$ mvn -s settings.xml install
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/ -h
$ ./cli/target/release/bin/ –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.


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”

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”

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