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Configuring Dependabot alerts

Enable Dependabot alerts to be generated when a new vulnerable dependency is found in one of your repositories.

About Dependabot alerts for vulnerable dependencies

A vulnerability is a problem in a project's code that could be exploited to damage the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the project or other projects that use its code. Vulnerabilities vary in type, severity, and method of attack.

Dependabot scans code when a new advisory is added to the GitHub Advisory Database or the dependency graph for a repository changes. When vulnerable dependencies are detected, Dependabot alerts are generated. For more information, see "About Dependabot alerts."

If you have enabled Dependabot security updates for your repository, the alert may also contain a link to a pull request to update the manifest or lock file to the minimum version that resolves the vulnerability. For more information, see "About Dependabot security updates."

You can enable or disable Dependabot alerts for:

  • Your personal account
  • Your repository
  • Your organization
  • Your enterprise

Managing Dependabot alerts for your personal account

Dependabot alerts for your repositories can be enabled or disabled by your enterprise owner. For more information, see "Enabling Dependabot for your enterprise."

Managing Dependabot alerts for your repository

You can manage Dependabot alerts for your public, private or internal repository.

By default, we notify people with write, maintain, or admin permissions in the affected repositories about new Dependabot alerts. GitHub Enterprise Server never publicly discloses insecure dependencies for any repository. You can also make Dependabot alerts visible to additional people or teams working on repositories that you own or have admin permissions for.

An enterprise owner must first set up Dependabot for your enterprise before you can manage Dependabot alerts for your repository. For more information, see "Enabling Dependabot for your enterprise."

Enabling or disabling Dependabot alerts for a repository

  1. On your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under your repository name, click Settings. If you cannot see the "Settings" tab, select the dropdown menu, then click Settings.

    Screenshot of a repository header showing the tabs. The "Settings" tab is highlighted by a dark orange outline.

  3. In the "Security" section of the sidebar, click Code security and analysis.

  4. Under "Code security and analysis", to the right of Dependabot alerts, click Enable to enable alerts or Disable to disable alerts.

Managing Dependabot alerts for your organization

You can enable or disable Dependabot alerts for some or all repositories owned by your organization. For more information about enabling security features across an organization, see "Quickstart for securing your organization."

An enterprise owner must first set up Dependabot for your enterprise before you can manage Dependabot alerts for your repository. For more information, see "Enabling Dependabot for your enterprise."

Enabling or disabling Dependabot alerts for all existing repositories

You can use the organization settings page for "Code security and analysis" to enable Dependabot alerts for all existing repositories in an organization.

  1. In the upper-right corner of GitHub, select your profile photo, then click Your organizations.

  2. Next to the organization, click Settings.

  3. In the "Security" section of the sidebar, click Code security and analysis.

  4. Under "Code security and analysis", to the right of Dependabot alerts, click Disable all or Enable all.

  5. Optionally, to enable Dependabot alerts by default for new repositories in your organization, in the dialog box, select "Enable by default for new repositories".

  6. Click Disable Dependabot alerts or Enable Dependabot alerts to disable or enable Dependabot alerts for all the repositories in your organization.

Managing Dependabot alerts for your enterprise

You can enable or disable Dependabot alerts for all current and future repositories owned by organizations in your enterprise. Your changes affect all repositories.

  1. In the top-right corner of GitHub Enterprise Server, click your profile photo, then click Enterprise settings.

    Screenshot of the drop-down menu that appears when you click the profile photo on GitHub Enterprise Server. The "Enterprise settings" option is highlighted in a dark orange outline.

  2. In the enterprise account sidebar, click Settings.

  3. In the left sidebar, click Code security and analysis.

  4. In the "Dependabot" section, to the right of Dependabot alerts, click Disable all or Enable all.

  5. Optionally, select Automatically enable for new repositories to enable Dependabot alerts by default for your organizations' new repositories.