Programming language: Go
License: MIT License
Latest version: v1.2.2

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DepCharge is a tool that helps orchestrate the execution of commands across the many dependencies and directories in larger projects. It also provides an excellent mechanism for self-documenting a project's vast (and often disparate) dependencies.

Sneak peek:

depcharge --labels=api -- git clone {{repo}} {{location}}

Will run git clone across all listed git dependencies with the label of "api" in your project (where submodules use to rule the land)


By creating a YAML file that describes all of your project(s) dependencies, you can then execute commands across all of them simultaneously.

A medium-to-large sized project (especially when using a microservice architecture) will consist of 3 or more separate repositories, and rely on a variety of package managers depending on the various languages chosen for each service. Typically, these repos must be managed, tracked, and released in some semblance of unison so that the dependant service calls can be understood and responded to appropriately.

For small (to single) teams, a single developer will often need to propagating and perform the same commands across all relevant services. This is a tedious, manual, and error-prone process that can occur every release.

DepCharge is designed to help fix that.

How it Works & Usage

DepCharge is a tool designed to help orchestrate the execution of commands across many directories at once. All of the examples here are just that: examples. DepCharge is designed to be as flexible as possible, so if you happen to use tools other than what's listed, they should work as well!

Usage: depcharge [version] [--help|-h] [--dryrun|-d] [--force|-f] [--kind|-k=<kind>] [--instead|-x=<action>] [[--include|-i][-e|--exclude]] [--labels|-l=<comma-separated,inherited>] [--serial|-s] -- COMMAND [ARGS...]


  • Built-in mustache templating, allows you to parametrize your commands
  • Supports arbitrary params in YAML, whatever 'params: key: value' pairs you want (particularly useful for mustache templating)
  • Supports YAML anchors
    • Even went the extra mile to support anchors + sequence merging via merge-deps: (see: YAML Anchors & Sequences)


depcharge will read the dep.yml file in the current working directory, and perform all commands relative to that location.

Example dep.yml:

    - name: frontend
      kind: git
      location: ./app/frontend
        - public
        repo: [email protected]:frontend.git
        - name: vue.js
          kind: npm
    - name: backend
      kind: git
      location: ./app/backend
        - api
        repo: [email protected]:backend.git
        - name: lumen
          kind: composer


   --version  Displays the program version string.
-h --help  Displays help with available flag, subcommand, and positional value parameters.
-d --dryrun  Will print out the command to be run, does not make changes to your system.
-e --exclusive  Applies labels in an exclusive way (default).
-f --force  Will force-run a command without confirmations, could be dangerous.
-i --inclusive  Applies labels in an inclusive way.
-k --kind  Targets specific kinds of dependencies (i.e. git, npm, composer)
-l --labels  Filters to specific labels.
-s --serial  Prevents parallel execution, runs commands one at a time.
-x --instead  Instead of 'kind', perform a different command.

Example commands:

Will run git clone <repo> <location> across all git dependencies:

depcharge --kind=git -- clone {{repo}} {{location}}

Or, shorthand:

depcharge -- git clone {{repo}} {{location}}

Will run git status across all git dependencies:

depcharge -- git status

Will run npm install across any npm dependencies that have the label 'public':

depcharge --labels=public -- npm install

Will run composer install across any composer dependencies that have either the label 'api', or 'soap':

depcharge --inclusive --labels=api,soap -- composer install

And much more!

YAML Anchors & Sequences

Due to a limitation in YAML itself, you cannot use anchors to merge sequences (arrays). Therefore this is programatically supported within DepCharge.

Invalid YAML, you cannot mix sequences - with anchors *<name> directly, this doesn't work:

      - kind: git
      - *composer
      - *vue

It's a beautiful concept though, that really helps with reusability and simplifies the overall YAML file, and so merge-deps was introduced to work around this shortcoming.

Working around this with merge-deps:

.vue: &vue
  - name: Vue.js
    kind: npm
.composer: &composer
  - name: lumen
    kind: composer

  - name: ui
    kind: project
    location: ./code/app
      - ui
      - kind: git
          repo: [email protected]/ui.git
      - *composer
      - *vue

In the above example, merge-deps: supports listing your anchors, and these will then be expanded, then flattened and merged into deps: before final processing begins.

Special Action Handlers

DepCharge has the ability to offer special-case action handlers. Specifically for situations where executing bulk commands cause difficulties and/or there are unexpected rough edges.

  1. git clone This is treated specially, in the sense that a regular clone will not act if parent directories aren't already in place. DepCharge will detect the clone action explicitly and attempt to create any parent directories before passing the command directly onto git

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*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the DepCharge README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.