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Check Dependencies

Checks missing, under-promoted, over-promoted, and unused dependencies.

To execute the command, run:

$ dcm check-dependencies lib # or dcm d lib

Full command description:

Usage: dcm check-dependencies [arguments] <directories>
-h, --help Print this usage information.

--ignored-packages=<my-package,other,...> Package names that should be ignored.

-r, --reporter=<console> Analysis output format.
[console (default), json, codeclimate, gitlab, checkstyle]
-a, --absolute-path Show absolute paths in console reporter output.
--json-path=<path/to/file.json> Path to the JSON file with the analysis output.

-c, --print-config Print resolved config.

--root-folder=<./> Root folder.
(defaults to the current directory)
-s, --sdk-path=<directory-path> Dart SDK directory path.
If the project has a `.fvm/flutter_sdk` symlink, it will be used if the SDK is not found.
-e, --exclude=<{**/*.g.dart,**/*.freezed.dart}> File paths in Glob syntax to be exclude.
(defaults to "{**/*.g.dart,**/*.freezed.dart}")

--[no-]congratulate Don't show output even when there are no issues.

--verbose Show verbose logs.

--ci-key The license key to run on CI server. Can be provided via DCM_CI_KEY env variable.
--email The email used to purchase the license. Can be provided via DCM_EMAIL env variable.

--no-analytics Disable sending anonymous usage statistics.

--[no-]fatal-found Treat dependency issues as fatal.
(defaults to on)

Automatically excluded packages

By default the command looks for direct usage in Dart code, but for some packages this is not how they are used (e.g. codegen packages).

Here is the list of packages that the command considers used:

  • flutter_gen, flutter_launcher_icons and flutter_native_splash (if there is a configuration entry in the pubspec file)
  • riverpod_generator, mobx_codegen, go_router_builder, freezed, json_serializable and many others (if the corresponding package, for example riverpod for riverpod_generator, is present in the dependencies)

When any of the codegen packages are present, build_runner is automatically marked as used.

Ignoring particular packages from the report

In order to ignore particular packages from the report, pass the --ignored-packages option to the CLI.

Output example


Use --reporter=console to enable this format.



The reporter prints a single JSON object containing meta information and the unused code file paths. Use --reporter=json to enable this format.

The root object fields are

  • formatVersion - an integer representing the format version (will be incremented each time the serialization format changes)
  • timestamp - a creation time of the report in YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS format
  • dependencyIssues - an array of dependency issues
"formatVersion": 1,
"timestamp": "2021-04-11 14:44:42",
"dependencyIssues": [

The dependencyIssues object fields are

  • path - a relative path of the unused file
  • issues - an array of issues detected in the target file
"path": "lib/src/some/file.dart",
"issues": [

The issue object fields are

  • message - the message associated with the issue
  • targetDependencyType - the type of the pubspec dependency (can be "regular" or "dev")
  • type - the type of the issue (can be "unused", "promotion" or "missing")
  • offset - a zero-based offset of the dependency location in the pubspec.yaml file
  • line - a zero-based line of the dependency location in the pubspec.yaml file
  • column - a zero-based column of the dependency location in the pubspec.yaml file
"message": "Dependency is unused",
"offset": 156,
"line": 7,
"column": 1,
"type": "unused",
"targetDependencyType": "regular"


Reports dependency issues in merge requests based on Code Quality custom tool. Use --reporter=gitlab to enable this format.


Use --reporter=checkstyle to enable this format.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<checkstyle version="10.0">
<file name="../abstract_class.dart">
<error line="0" severity="warning" message="another_package, package should be listed in dev dependencies" source="dependency-issue"/>
<file name="../class_with_factory_constructors.dart">
<error line="0" severity="warning" message="some_package is not used" source="dependency-issue"/>