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This application generates a machine-readable software inventory compliant with Metadata Schema version 2.0.0. To accomplish this goal, the application connects to a series of Git hosting API "endpoints", inspects the configured projects, and generates an inventory.

The application configuration supports internal/external hosting platforms with or without authentication (for private repositories). It currently works with GitHub and GitLab REST APIs but could easily be extended for other hosting platform APIs as well.

For each project, the application will attempt to use a developer-provided "code.json" snippet which is a JSON file containing the "releases" array for the project as defined by the Metadata Schema version 2.0.0.

If a "code.json" snippet file is not provided by the project maintainer, the application will attempt to infer sufficient/required properties from the target project and generate the best possible metadata for inclusion in the agency inventory.

Getting Started

This section describes the process to acquire and run the code-json-generator application.


This application is a command line Node application. Node must be installed on the system prior to running this application.

Install the application

On the command line:

$ npm install -g code-json-generator

Configure the application runtime

The application requires a configuration file to dictate which repositories to include in the generated inventory. An example configuration file is provided to help get started.

Run the application

The application provides command-line usage syntax help via the --help switch.

$ create-inventory.js --help

  Usage: create-inventory [options]


    -V, --version            output the version number
    -c, --configFile <file>  Configuration file
    -h, --help               output usage information

To generate an inventory, run the application and provide a configuration file using the --configFile <file> switch. The generated inventory will, by default, be printed to STDOUT. This output can be redirected to a file for persistence.

$ create-inventory.js --configFile ./create-agency-inventory.config.json > code.json

Note: This example assumes a file containing proper configuration is located in the current working directory and is called create-agency-inventory.config.json. Adjust this usage to suit actual work environment.


To develop and possibly contribute to this project please review the code of conduct and contributing guidelines.

Obtain the source code

Potentially fork this repository and then clone the fork to obtain the source code.

$ git clone <fork_urn>/code-json-generator.git
$ cd code-json-generator

Develop in a feature branch

Updates should be developed in a feature branch on the local clone of a fork.

$ git checkout -b feature-X

Submit pull requests for review and integration

Commit changes to feature branches and push feature branches to the forked remote. Submit a pull request back to this upstream repository for review and integration. If the pull request fixes an open issue on this repository, include the text fixes #N (where N is the issue number fixed) in the pull request title or description.

$ git commit -am 'Implemented feature'
$ git push origin feature-X


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