Simple dependency manager

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Super Simple Dependency Manager

What you can use it for?

To keep a list of your dependencies, retrieve and update them.

What's the spin? DepMan only allows relative pathes as retrieve target path.

Why? To keep your dependencies inside your repository.

The aim is to keep dependency management as simple as possible and to keep full control over your dependencies. As described here keeping your dependencies outside of your repository reduces your control over your dependencies.

If one of your dependencies break things after an update you have to manually look up all the dependencies which were updated, usually by checking the source codes, release notes on their own website / blog.

An important thing about Dependency Managers: one size doesn't fit all. You might find DepMan helpful, especially for more simple projects, or in case if you have control over most of your dependency repositories (internal tools).

If you find DepMan valuable it's great. If you can't store your dependencies inside your repository then.. well, DepMan is most likely not for you.

I'm sure you'll find the perfect dependency manager for your project, DepMan is just one of the many.

What's the purpose of DepMan?


  • be as simple as possible
  • control your dependencies by directly storing them in your own repository
  • provide you full control over your dependency updates:
    • update exactly when you want to
    • inspect changes of dependencies directly in your VCS
    • you'll know if one of your dependencies got removed or moved to a new URL - you'll still have your stored version in your repository
    • if you can retrieve your repository you got all your dependencies in place, no additional requests required, no surprise maintenances on other servers


  • init: create a template deplist.json file in the current dir
  • update: checks deplist.json and downloads all the dependencies


  • Right now it requires the unix 'cp' and 'rm' commands (used for safe directory copy and remove).



VCS (Version control systems) definition on Wikipedia

  • git

Operating Systems

  • OS X
  • pretty much every Unix where cp, rm and Go are available (not tested)


  • install command: don't update dependencies, install the exact versions stored in the "lock" file
  • config file changes:
    • rename the "lock" file - deplist.json.lock
    • actually, we could change the whole file: switch to YML (which is compatible with JSON, so it's backward compatible)
    • option to group dependencies (e.g. used only for development or for test; or by category: app, web, ...)
  • remove dependencies which are not listed anymore
  • option: copy only specific path(s) from the repository (like copy a single file)


  • VCS versioning, similar to ruby bundler, define the version limits like in Ruby Gemfiles
  • support Windows ('cp' and 'rm' doesn't work there)
  • other VCS systems (mercurial, most likely)
  • non VCS dependencies? - like a ZIP file on your server


  • list: just list deps
  • add: adds a new dependency