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    A simple tool to check licenses of all npm dependencies in a project against an approved set of licenses. Can be added to a test suite / CI to get a warning about packages not meeting predefined license requirements. This is basically a wrapper around davglass/license-checker

    How to use

    1. Add this package as a development dependency:

      npm install --save-dev d2l-license-checker

    2. Define a new script in your package.json by adding the following lines:

      "scripts": {
        "license-check": "d2l-license-checker"
    3. Add an (optional) config file .licensechecker.json to your node module.

        "acceptedScopes": ["yourCompanyScopeWithoutThe@"],
        "manualOverrides": {
          "some-package@9.9.9": "MIT"
    4. Check that the licenses pass the test by running npm run license-check. See --help for more options.

    5. Make sure npm run license-check is called in your CI build script or as part as your tests

    If licenses do not pass the test, you can run npm run license-check -- --generate-template > .licensechecker.template.json to generate a template file that can be copied and pasted into the config file for easy overrides.

    Narrowing Analysis

    If you only want to check a certain type of dependency, you can supply either --production-only or --development-only to only check the associated dependency type. These options are mutually exclusive, meaning you can only supply one of the flags. Excluding both will simply check all dependencies.

    Configuration file

    The configuration file is a simple JSON file with the following optional entries:

    • "manualOverrides": Object where each key is a package name and version (see above example), and the value is a valid SPDX ID. The version number can be a semver expression. You can use this to manually specify the license of a package for which the license is not specified in its package.json file or where an invalid SPDX ID is used. The default config is a set of overrides for packages used by D2L.

      In addition to the SPDX IDs, you can use the following strings:

      • Public-Domain: identifier for public domain code (not supported by SPDX)
      • Project-Owner: identifier indicating that you own this package and that its license can be ignored (doesn't need to be added to "acceptedlicenses")
      • D2L-Open-Source-Special-Exemption (license-name): identifier indicating that although license-name is not in the "acceptedLicenses" set, its use has been granted a special exemption for this project.
    • "acceptedScopes": List of NPM scopes that should always be allowed. This is convenient if your team uses its own scoped registry. Do not include the @ or / characters. The default config is ["d2l"].

    • "ignoreUnusedManualOverrides": Set it to true if you do not want warnings logged when you have unused manual overrides (false by default)


    1. Update code.
    2. Update version in package.json.
    3. Commit/merge changes via pull request.
    4. Run Release new version GitHub action workflow.
    5. Travis will automatically publish tagged commits to




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