sbt plugin to create a dependency graph for your project
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Visualize your project's dependencies.


The plugin works best with sbt >= 0.13.6. See the compatibility notes to use this plugin with an older version of sbt.

Usage Instructions

Since sbt-dependency-graph is an informational tool rather than one that changes your build, you will more than likely wish to install it as a global plugin so that you can use it in any SBT project without the need to explicitly add it to each one. To do this, add the plugin dependency to ~/.sbt/0.13/plugins/plugins.sbt:

addSbtPlugin("net.virtual-void" % "sbt-dependency-graph" % "0.8.2")

To add the plugin only to a single project, put this line into project/plugins.sbt of your project, instead.

This plugin is an auto-plugin which will be automatically enabled starting from sbt 0.13.5.

Main Tasks

  • dependencyTree: Shows an ASCII tree representation of the project's dependencies
  • dependencyBrowseGraph: Opens a browser window with a visualization of the dependency graph (courtesy of graphlib-dot + dagre-d3).
  • dependencyGraph: Shows an ASCII graph of the project's dependencies on the sbt console
  • dependencyList: Shows a flat list of all transitive dependencies on the sbt console (sorted by organization and name)
  • whatDependsOn <organization> <module> <revision>: Find out what depends on an artifact. Shows a reverse dependency tree for the selected module.
  • dependencyLicenseInfo: show dependencies grouped by declared license
  • dependencyStats: Shows a table with each module a row with (transitive) Jar sizes and number of dependencies
  • dependencyGraphMl: Generates a .graphml file with the project's dependencies to target/dependencies-<config>.graphml. Use e.g. yEd to format the graph to your needs.
  • dependencyDot: Generates a .dot file with the project's dependencies to target/dependencies-<config>.dot. Use graphviz to render it to your preferred graphic format.
  • ivyReport: let's ivy generate the resolution report for you project. Use show ivyReport for the filename of the generated report

All tasks can be scoped to a configuration to get the report for a specific configuration. test:dependencyGraph, for example, prints the dependencies in the test configuration. If you don't specify any configuration, compile is assumed as usual.

Configuration settings

  • filterScalaLibrary: Defines if the scala library should be excluded from the output of the dependency-* functions. If true, instead of showing the dependency "[S]" is appended to the artifact name. Set to false if you want the scala-library dependency to appear in the output. (default: true)
  • dependencyGraphMLFile: a setting which allows configuring the output path of dependency-graph-ml.
  • dependencyDotFile: a setting which allows configuring the output path of dependency-dot.
  • dependencyDotHeader: a setting to customize the header of the dot file (e.g. to set your preferred node shapes).
  • dependencyDotNodeLabel: defines the format of a node label (default set to [organisation]<BR/><B>[name]</B><BR/>[version])

E.g. in build.sbt you can change configuration settings like this:

filterScalaLibrary := false // include scala library in output

dependencyDotFile := file("") //render dot file to `./`

Known issues

  • #19: There's an unfixed bug with graph generation for particular layouts. Workaround: Use dependency-tree instead of dependency-graph.
  • #39: When using sbt-dependency-graph with sbt < 0.13.6.

Compatibility notes

  • sbt < 0.13.6: The plugin will fall back on the old ivy report XML backend which suffers from #39.
  • sbt < 0.13.5: Old versions of sbt have no AutoPlugin support, you need to add


    to your build.sbt or (~/.sbt/0.13/user.sbt for global configuration) to enable the plugin.

  • sbt <= 0.12.x: Old versions of sbt are not actively supported any more. Please use the old version from the 0.7 branch.


Published under the Apache License 2.0.