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Intrinsic Dependencies

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A utility for ensuring invisible but required dependencies aren't removed.


You may be reviewing dependencies for security or performance reasons and see a dependency which appears to be unneeded. You remove the dependency and suddenly your project is broken. This problem can be fatal—for example, if the dependency is required for something specific to production.

The solution is just a few functions. However, it can be difficult to remember to add these functions to your project. And, this issue usually doesn't come up unless you have a big work project.

That's where Intrinsic Dependencies comes in. Just add the cli to your npm scripts and you're good to go! Intrinsic Dependencies fails or passes with a log of dependencies that are required. That's it.

Solution Overview

Add your "intrinsic dependencies" in a object to your package.json with notes like so:

  "intrinsicDependencies": {
    "dockerode": "Referenced during production deployment. Production will fail if removed!",

And then add a command to your node scripts to run in your ci (or where ever):

"scripts": {
  "prod-check": "intrinsic-dep-check"

Now, intrinsic-dep-check will fail (fail your ci) if a required intrinsic dependency is removed.


npm install intrinsic-dependencies -save-dev

This should never be a dependency! Just use it as a dev dependency. Or better yet, with npx.


As a cli (recommended)


As a node function

import { checkIntrinsicDependencies } from 'intrinsic-dependencies';


See below for more usage details.


Intrinsic Dependencies can be invoked via a few cli names; clearest is intrinsic-dep-check. See the package.json bin object for reference.

The cli also accepts 2 options (not required), --filePath and --configPath. These options can be used to specify a custom path for the package.json or an optional json formated config file.

intrinsic-dep-check --filePath /path/to/package.json --configPath /path/to/config.json


You can use Intrinsic Dependencies as a node function as well.

import { checkIntrinsicDependencies } from 'intrinsic-dependencies';


This function also accepts 2 options (not required), filePath and configPath. These options can be used to specify a custom path for the package.json or an optional json formated config file.

import { checkIntrinsicDependencies } from 'intrinsic-dependencies';

checkIntrinsicDependencies({ filePath: '/path/to/package.json', configPath: '/path/to/config.json' });


This project was intentionally made with "just node"; no Typescript. This keeps the project pure, small, and as close to "just node" as possible.

For development, esbuild, prettier and eslint are used because no similar functionality is provided by "just node".

Made by @yowainwright for fun with passion! MIT, 2024.

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