The dependency graph is available for every public repository that defines dependencies in a supported package ecosystem using a supported file format. Repository administrators can also set up the dependency graph for private repositories.
The dependency graph is a summary of the manifest and lock files stored in a repository. For each repository, it shows:
- Dependencies, the ecosystems and packages it depends on
- Dependents, the repositories and packages that depend on it
When you push a commit to GitHub that changes or adds a supported manifest or lock file to the default branch, the dependency graph is automatically updated. In addition, the graph is updated when anyone pushes a change to the repository of one of your dependencies. For information on the supported ecosystems and manifest files, see "Supported package ecosystems" below.
The dependency graph includes all the dependencies of a repository that are detailed in the manifest and lock files, or their equivalent, for supported ecosystems. This includes:
- Direct dependencies, that are explicitly defined in a manifest or lock file
- Indirect dependencies of these direct dependencies, also known as transitive dependencies or sub-dependencies
The dependency graph identifies indirect dependencies either explicitly from a lock file or by checking the dependencies of your direct dependencies. For the most reliable graph, you should use lock files (or their equivalent) because they define exactly which versions of the direct and indirect dependencies you currently use. If you use lock files, you also ensure that all contributors to the repository are using the same versions, which will make it easier for you to test and debug code.
For public repositories, only public repositories that depend on it or on packages that it publishes are reported. This information is not reported for private repositories.
You can use the dependency graph to:
- Explore the repositories your code depends on, and those that depend on it. For more information, see "Exploring the dependencies of a repository."
- View a summary of the dependencies used in your organization's repositories in a single dashboard. For more information, see "Viewing insights for your organization."
- View and update vulnerable dependencies for your repository. The dependency graph lists vulnerable dependencies before other dependencies. For more information, see "About alerts for vulnerable dependencies."
To generate a dependency graph, GitHub needs read-only access to the dependency manifest and lock files for a repository. The dependency graph is automatically generated for all public repositories and you can choose to enable it for private repositories. For information about enabling or disabling it for private repositories, see "Exploring the dependencies of a repository."
When the dependency graph is first enabled, any manifest and lock files for supported ecosystems are parsed immediately. The graph is usually populated within minutes but this may take longer for repositories with many dependencies. Once enabled, the graph is automatically updated with every push to the repository and every push to other repositories in the graph.
The recommended formats explicitly define which versions are used for all direct and all indirect dependencies. If you use these formats, your dependency graph is more accurate. It also reflects the current build set up and enables the dependency graph to report vulnerabilities in both direct and indirect dependencies. Indirect dependencies that are inferred from a manifest file (or equivalent) are excluded from the checks for vulnerable dependencies.
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