Visualize your CommonJS or AMD module dependencies.


Visualize your CommonJS or AMD module dependencies in a force directed graph report - powered by D3.js.

Let me introduce dependo - A small visualization tool that draws an force directed graph of JavaScript dependencies that has been annotated with either CommonJS, or AMD. Behind the scene I’m using a wonderful library named node-madge, to extract the dependencies and combined with the power of D3.js I draw a beautiful zoomable directed graph.

You can read the full introduction to the project in my blog post.

  • Draw a graph of nodes, where each module is represented as a node.
  • Google Maps's like zooming, dragging and panning.
  • Connect nodes with it's dependencies via lines.
  • Hovering a node will highlight it's direct dependencies.
  • It's possible to drag a node to a specific position, to re-layout the graph.

The best way to show something is by example, so here I generated a graph of the official RequireJS multipage example:

See the example here:

To install as a library:

$ npm install dependo

To install the command-line tool:

$ sudo npm -g install dependo
    'format': The module format to expect, 'cjs' or 'amd'. AMD (amd) is the default format.
    'optimized': Boolean, True if the parser should read modules from a optimized file (r.js). Defaults to false.
    'exclude': String from which a regex will be constructed for excluding files from the scan.
    'mainRequireModule': Name of the module if parsing an optimized file (r.js), where the main file used require() instead of define. Defaults to ''.
    'requireConfig': Path to RequireJS config used to find shim dependencies and path aliases. Not used by default.
  var Dependo = require('dependo');
  // Fire up an dependo instance
  var dependo = new Dependo(src, {
    format: 'amd',
    requireConfig: 'optional path to RequireJS config file',
    exclude: '^node_modules',
    transform: function(dep){
        //Apply a transformation on dependencies 
        return dep;
Usage: dependo [options] <file|dir ...>


  -h, --help             output usage information
  -V, --version          output the version number
  -f, --format <name>    format to parse (amd/cjs)
  -x, --exclude <regex>  a regular expression for excluding modules
$ dependo -f amd /path/src > example/report.html

I also wrote a grunt-task that can be found in this seperate repository:

dependo is still very much in progress, so here is the todo-list:

  • Proper label positioning: Avoid label collisions and make the graph more readable.
  • Testing! Unit tests of D3 render logic, and the grunt-task itself

This project would'nt have been possible without the great work on node-madge by Patrik Henningson, or wonderful D3.js library.