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NPM version Retire Status

Grunt task for retire.js. Scanner detecting the use of JavaScript libraries with known vulnerabilities.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt >=1.0.0. Version 0.3.12 is compatible with Grunt 0.4.

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-retire --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


Retire task

Run this task with the grunt retire command.

This task primarily delegates to Retire, so please consider the Retire documentation as required reading for advanced configuration.

Task targets, files and options may be specified according to the grunt Configuring tasks guide.

Available options

Example configuration below shows default option values and the correct syntax to use if you want to override any of them. If no options are provided, the default values as shown below are used.

    retire: {
      js: ['app/src/*.js'], /** Which js-files to scan. **/
      node: ['node'], /** Which node directories to scan (containing package.json). **/
      options: {
         proxy: 'http://something.something:8080',
         verbose: true,
         packageOnly: true, 
         jsRepository: '',
         nodeRepository: '',
         outputFile: './retire-output.json',
         ignore: 'documents,java',
         /** list of files to ignore **/
         ignorefile: '.retireignore' //or '.retireignore.json' 

proxy: url, proxy (supports basic auth).

verbose: true/false, default is true. More verbose output (grunt -d may also be used for even more debug output).

packageOnly: true/false, default is true. Only scan only dependencies in package.json, skip dependencies to dependencies.

jsRepository: String, default is JSON file which specifies where to retrieve Javascript vulnerability database.

nodeRepository: String, default is JSON file which specifies where to retrieve Node vulnerability database.

outputFile: String, default is false. Path to creation of output file report in JSON format.

ignore: String, default is empty. Paths to ignore when scanning for JavaScript files.

Scan javascript files only

    retire: {
      js: ['app/src/*'], /** Scan js-files in app/src/ directory and subdirectories. **/
      options: {

Running grunt retire will scan files in app/src/ for vulnerable libraries. If file sources for both node and js are specified, scanning js only is possible using retire:js

Scan node dependencies example

    retire: {
      node: ['module/'], /** Scan node project in directory module/. Should be ['.'] for normal projects **/
      options: {

Running grunt retire will scan all dependencies specified under dependencies in package.json for vulnerable libraries. If file sources for both node and js are specified, scanning node only is possible using retire:node

Example output with one vulnerability found in jquery-1.6.js:

➜  grunt-retire git:(master) ✗ grunt retire
Running "retire:jsPath" (retire) task
JS repository loaded from:
>> test-files/jquery-1.6.js
>> ↳ jquery 1.6 has known vulnerabilities:
Node repository loaded from:

Example output when no vulnerabilities are found

➜  grunt-retire git:(master) ✗ grunt retire
Running "retire:jsPath" (retire) task
JS repository loaded from:
Node repository loaded from:
No vulnerabilities found.
Done, without errors.

Release History

  • 2017-02-03   1.0.7 Added .npmignore so we don't publish test-files directory.
  • 2016-12-13   1.0.6 Added request@2.x as a dependency so we are compatible with npm@2.x.
  • 2016-11-29   1.0.5 Removed dependency request in package.json. Moved repository from bekk to RetireJS.
  • 2016-09-02   1.0.3 Compatible again with Node 0.10.x. v1.0.2 broke compatibility because of find().
  • 2016-08-29   1.0.2 Uses retire 1.2.x, which supports ignoring specific vulnerabilities through .retireignore.json.
  • 2016-05-31   1.0.0 Upgraded dependency for Grunt to 1.0.0 to get remove graceful-js warning. Requires Grunt 1.0.x or newer.
  • 2016-02-22   0.3.12 Added support for Grunt 1.0.0.
  • 2016-02-12   0.3.11   Upgraded dependencies.
  • 2013-11-12   0.1.15   Upgrading dependencies. Proxy support.
  • 2013-10-30   0.1.12   Upgrade to retire v0.1.12. js and node defined as targets.
  • 2013-10-30   0.1.0   First version.