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OWASP dependency-check-cli is an command line tool that uses dependency-check-core to detect publicly disclosed vulnerabilities associated with the scanned project dependencies. The tool will generate a report listing the dependency, any identified Common Platform Enumeration (CPE) identifiers, and the associated Common Vulnerability and Exposure (CVE) entries.

Installation & Usage

Import the GPG key used to sign all Dependency Check releases: gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 259A55407DD6C00299E6607EFFDE55BE73A2D1ED. Download the dependency-check command line tool the GitHub Release and the associated GPG signature file from the GitHub Release. Verify the cryptographic integrity of your download: gpg --verify Extract the zip file to a location on your computer and put the ‘bin’ directory into the path environment variable.


$ brew install dependency-check

This puts an executable dependency-check script in the /bin directory of your homebrew installation.

To scan a folder on the system you can run:


dependency-check.bat --project "My App Name" --scan "c:\java\application\lib"

*nix --project "My App Name" --scan "/java/application/lib"

To view the command line arguments, see the arguments page, or you can run:


dependency-check.bat --help

*nix --help

Extensions and Centralized Databases

If you have built a custom dependency-check-plugin or you are using an centralized database you will likely need to add the custom plugin or database driver to the classpath of dependency-check. This can be done by creating a plugins directory at the root of dependency-check and placing the JAR files the directory.

- dependency-check
  - bin
  - repos
  - data
  - plugins