Dependencies - An open-source modern Dependency Walker
Dependencies is a rewrite of the legacy software Dependency Walker which was shipped along Windows SDKs, but whose development stopped around 2006.
Dependencies can help Windows developers troubleshooting their dll load dependencies issues.
- v1.10 :
- lots of bugfixes and incremental improvements
- support of Windows 8.1 apisets parsing
- v1.9 :
- Display imports and exports the way Depends.exe does.
- Added user customization for search folders and working directory
- Added LLVM demangler to availables symbol demangling
- Fixed Wow64 FsRedirection bugs
- F5 can now refresh the analysis
- Added CLR assembly dependencies enumeration
- Added a packaging option without Peview.exe (which triggers some AV).
- v1.8 :
- Add x86/x64 variants for Dependencies
- v1.7 :
- Add CLI tool "dependencies.exe"
- v1.6 :
- Add appx packaging
- v1.5 :
- Support of Sxs parsing
- Support of api set schema parsing
- API and Modules list can be filtered
- v1.0 -- Initial release
Installation and Usage
Dependencies is currently shipped as two binaries (no installer present) :
Dependencies.exe as a CLI tool and
DependenciesGui.exe for its GUI counterpart (see screenshot). Just click on one of the release numbers above (preferably the latest), download and uncompress the archive and run
Since the binary is not signed,
SmartScreen might scream at runtime.
Dependencies also bundle
ClrPhTester.exe, a dumpbin-like executable used to test for non-regressions.
Dependencies currently does not recursively resolve child imports when parsing a new PE since it can be really memory-hungry to do so ( it can over a GB even for "simple" PEs ). This behavior can be overridden (app-wide) via a property located in "Options->Properties->Tree build behaviour".
Tree build behaviours available :
ChildOnly(default) : only process PE child imports and nothing beyond.
RecursiveOnlyOnDirectImports: do not process delayload dlls.
Recursive: Full recursive analysis. You better have time and RAM on your hands if you activate this setting :
At the moment,
Dependencies recreates features and "features" of
depends.exe, which means :
- Only direct, forwarded and delay load dependencies are supported. Dynamic loading via
LoadLibraryare not supported (and probably won't ever be).
- Support of api set schema redirection since 1.5
- Checks between Api Imports and Exports.
- Minimal support of sxs private manifests search only.
Building is pretty straightforward. The only caveat is you need to select the "Debug" or "Release" configuration and "x64" or "x86" platform which may not be the default.
Credits and licensing
Special thanks to :
- ProcessHacker2 for :
phlib, which does the heavy lifting for processing PE informations.
peview, a powerful and lightweight PE informations viewer.
- Dragablz a C#/XAML library which implement dockable and dragable UI elements, and can recreate the MDI programming model in
- @aionescu, @zodiacon and Quarkslab for their public infos on ApiSets schema.
- Thomas levesque's blog which pretty much solved all my
WPFprogramming issues. His
AutoGridSortis used in this project
- Venkatesh Mookkan for it's
FilterControlfor ListView used in this project
- demumble for demangling GCC symbols on Windows