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A CLI tool and Go library for generating a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) from container images and filesystems. Exceptional for vulnerability detection when used with a scanner like Grype.

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Syft is a powerful and easy-to-use open-source tool for generating Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs) for container images and filesystems. It provides detailed visibility into the packages and dependencies in your software, helping you manage vulnerabilities, license compliance, and software supply chain security.

Syft development is sponsored by Anchore, and is released under the Apache-2.0 License. For commercial support options with Syft or Grype, please contact Anchore.


  • Generates SBOMs for container images, filesystems, archives, and more to discover packages and libraries
  • Supports OCI, Docker and Singularity image formats
  • Linux distribution identification
  • Works seamlessly with Grype (a fast, modern vulnerability scanner)
  • Able to create signed SBOM attestations using the in-toto specification
  • Convert between SBOM formats, such as CycloneDX, SPDX, and Syft's own format.


Syft binaries are provided for Linux, macOS and Windows.


curl -sSfL | sh -s -- -b /usr/local/bin

... or, you can specify a release version and destination directory for the installation:

curl -sSfL | sh -s -- -b <DESTINATION_DIR> <RELEASE_VERSION>


brew install syft


scoop install syft


The chocolatey distribution of Syft is community-maintained and not distributed by the Anchore team

choco install syft -y


Note: Nix packaging of Syft is community maintained. Syft is available in the stable channel since NixOS 22.05.

nix-env -i syft

... or, just try it out in an ephemeral nix shell:

nix-shell -p syft

Getting started


To generate an SBOM for a container image:

syft <image>

The above output includes only software that is visible in the container (i.e., the squashed representation of the image). To include software from all image layers in the SBOM, regardless of its presence in the final image, provide --scope all-layers:

syft <image> --scope all-layers

Output formats

The output format for Syft is configurable as well using the -o (or --output) option:

syft <image> -o <format>

Where the formats available are:

  • syft-json: Use this to get as much information out of Syft as possible!
  • syft-text: A row-oriented, human-and-machine-friendly output.
  • cyclonedx-xml: A XML report conforming to the CycloneDX 1.4 specification.
  • cyclonedx-json: A JSON report conforming to the CycloneDX 1.4 specification.
  • spdx-tag-value: A tag-value formatted report conforming to the SPDX 2.3 specification.
  • spdx-tag-value@2.2: A tag-value formatted report conforming to the SPDX 2.2 specification.
  • spdx-json: A JSON report conforming to the SPDX 2.3 JSON Schema.
  • spdx-json@2.2: A JSON report conforming to the SPDX 2.2 JSON Schema.
  • github-json: A JSON report conforming to GitHub's dependency snapshot format.
  • syft-table: A columnar summary (default).
  • template: Lets the user specify the output format. See "Using templates" below.

Supported Ecosystems

  • Alpine (apk)
  • C (conan)
  • C++ (conan)
  • Dart (pubs)
  • Debian (dpkg)
  • Dotnet (deps.json)
  • Objective-C (cocoapods)
  • Elixir (mix)
  • Erlang (rebar3)
  • Go (go.mod, Go binaries)
  • Haskell (cabal, stack)
  • Java (jar, ear, war, par, sar, nar, native-image)
  • JavaScript (npm, yarn)
  • Jenkins Plugins (jpi, hpi)
  • Linux kernel archives (vmlinz)
  • Linux kernel modules (ko)
  • Nix (outputs in /nix/store)
  • PHP (composer)
  • Python (wheel, egg, poetry, requirements.txt)
  • Red Hat (rpm)
  • Ruby (gem)
  • Rust (cargo.lock)
  • Swift (cocoapods, swift-package-manager)
  • Wordpress plugins


Our wiki contains further details on the following topics:

Syft Team Meetings

The Syft Team hold regular community meetings online. All are welcome to join to bring topics for discussion.