Introducing Dependabot!

Today, we’re launching Dependabot — a dependable robot who’ll keep your dependencies up-to-date for you. Here’s how it works.


Dependabot is a GitHub app that automates dependency updates.

Every day, Dependabot pulls down your dependency files and looks for any outdated requirements. If any of your dependencies are out-of-date, Dependabot opens individual pull requests to bump each one. All you need to do is check your tests pass, scan the included changelog and release notes, and make a call on hitting merge or skipping the new version.

Currently Dependabot supports Ruby and Javascript (Yarn), with support for PHP and npm5 coming very soon.


We’ve blogged in detail about why you should keep your dependencies up-to-date, including analysing 10 years of Rubysec vulnerability data. The TL;DR is:

  • Staying up-to-date is the most secure strategy
  • Making incremental changes beats have big-bang updates

There are other apps out there that can help you with the above, but Dependabot is the only one that supports multiple languages and has an open-source core.


Just click on one of the links below. The app is totally free for the first month if you sign up before June 14th 2017.

Dependabot helps keep your dependencies up-to-date. It's free for personal accounts and open source, and always will be.

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