Let me show you how to install it and run it!!
What’s a dependency graph?
It is a map of dependencies between objects. So, it will let you identify which modules/libraries depend on which. You could use this to:
- Identify where npm packages are being used
- Understand how classes/modules depend on each other
- Have a high level picture of your code
- Help you understand better other developer’s code
Installing dependency cruiser
This package has a dependency on graphviz, an open source graph generation software. Let’s install that first
brew install graphviz
Now let’s install dependency-cruiser globally
npm i -g dependency-cruiser
yarn global add dependency-cruiser
You can easily run this by following this command
depcruise --include-only "^src" --output-type dot src | dot -T svg > dependencygraph.svg
And the outcome will look something like the following:
Example from react flash cards
depcruise --include-only "^src" --output-type dot src
We are asking depedency cruiser to analyze only src folder (and all its content) and generate the output in a dot format
dot -T svg > dependencygraph.svg
We are taking that output and generating a visualization for it with
Looking forward to try this on bigger projects.