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Published: May 15, 2018
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2020
Oct 2020
Adopt?

Among the available tools for keeping dependencies up to date, Dependabot is a solid default choice in our opinion. Dependabot's integration with GitHub is smooth and automatically sends you pull requests to update your dependencies to their latest versions. It can be enabled at the organization level, so it's very easy for teams to receive these pull requests. If you're not using GitHub, you can still use the Dependabot libraries within your build pipeline. If you're interested in an alternative tool, also consider Renovate, which supports a wider range of services, including GitLab, Bitbucket and Azure DevOps.

Nov 2019
Trial?

Keeping dependencies up to date is a chore, but for security reasons it's important to respond to updates in a timely manner. You can use tools to make this process as painless and automated as possible. In practical use our teams have had good experiences with Dependabot. It integrates with GitHub repositories and automatically checks dependencies for new versions. When required, Dependabot will open a pull request with upgraded dependencies.

May 2018
Assess?

Keeping dependencies up to date is a chore, but it's important to manage upgrades frequently and incrementally. We want the process to be as painless and automated as possible. Our teams have often hand-rolled scripts to automate parts of the process; now, however, we integrate commercial offerings to do that work. Dependabot is a service that integrates with your GitHub repositories and automatically checks your project dependencies for new versions. When required, Dependabot will open a pull request with upgraded dependencies. Using features of your CI server, you can automatically test upgrades for compatibility and automatically merge compatible upgrades to master. There are alternatives to Dependabot, including Renovate for JavaScript projects and Depfu for JavaScript and Ruby projects. Our teams, however, recommend Dependabot because of its multilanguage support and ease of use.