JFrog Visual Studio Code Extension

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About this Extension


The cost of remediating a vulnerability is akin to the cost of fixing a bug. The earlier you remediate a vulnerability in the release cycle, the lower the cost. JFrog Xray is instrumental in flagging components when vulnerabilities are discovered in production systems at runtime, or even sooner, during the development.

The JFrog VS Code Extension adds JFrog Xray scanning of project dependencies to your VS Code IDE. It allows developers to view panels displaying vulnerability information about the components and their dependencies directly in their VS Code IDE. With this information, a developer can make an informed decision on whether to use a component or not before it gets entrenched into the organization’s product.

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Supported Features

| Features | Go | Maven | npm | Pypi | .NET | | ——————————————————- | :—————-: | :———————-: | :——————: | :——————–: | :——————-: | | Issues and licenses scanning | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | | Filter dependencies by severity, license, and scope | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | | Trigger scan on startup | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | | Jump from dependency tree to project descriptor | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | | Jump from project descriptor to dependency tree | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | | Show vulnerabilities inside the project descriptor | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | | Upgrade vulnerable dependencies to fixed versions | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ | | Automatically trigger a scan upon code changes | ✅ | ❌ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ | | Exclude transitive dependencies from project descriptor | ❌ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ | ❌ |

Free Go Modules Security Scanning and Metadata from GoCenter (deprecated)

As of February 28, 2021, GoCenter has been sunset. This integration has been removed. Learn more: https://jfrog.com/blog/into-the-sunset-bintray-jcenter-gocenter-and-chartcenter/

Viewing and Updating Project Dependencies

View the dependencies used by the project in a tree, where the direct dependencies are at the top. Open_Extension

The JFrog extension automatically triggers a scan of the project’s dependencies whenever a change is detected after building the code. To invoke a scan manually, click on the Refresh Refresh button or click on Start Xray Scan from within the editor. Refresh

View the security information for a depedency by hovering over it in the editor. You can also navigate from the depedency declaration directly into the tree view. This allows you to see transitive (indirect) depedencies. Refresh

Search for a dependency in the tree: Search_In_Tree

View the issues associated with direct and transitive (indirect) dependencies. Search_In_Tree

Update a vulnerable dependency to a fixed version: Set_Fixed_Version

To filter the dependencies viewed, click on the Filter Filter button. Filter

Navigate from the tree view to a depedency’s declaration in the editor. Filter

General Configuration

Configuring JFrog Xray

Connect to JFrog Xray by clicking on the green Connect Connect button: Connect

The extension also support connecting to JFrog Xray using environment variables.

Note: For security reasons, it is recommended to unset the environment variables after launching VS Code.

Proxy Configuration

If your JFrog Xray instance is behind an HTTP/S proxy, follow these steps to configure the proxy server:

  1. Go to Preferences –> Settings –> Application –> Proxy
  2. Set the proxy URL under ‘Proxy’.
  3. Make sure ‘Proxy Support’ is ‘override’ or ‘on’.

Proxy Authorization

If your proxy server requires credentials, follow these steps:

  1. Follow 1-3 steps under Proxy configuration.
  2. Encode with base64: [Username]:[Password].
  3. Under ‘Proxy Authorization’ click on ‘Edit in settings.json’.
  4. Add to settings.json: "http.proxyAuthorization": "Basic [Encoded credentials]".


   "http.proxyAuthorization": "Basic Zm9vOmJhcg=="

Scan after dependencies change

The JFrog VS-Code extension can trigger an Xray scan after a change in go.sum or package-lock.json. This feature is disabled by default. You can enable it in the Extension Settings.

Exclude Paths from Scan

By default, paths containing the words test, venv and node_modules are excluded from Xray scan. The exclude pattern can be configured in the Extension Settings.

Extension Settings

To open the extension settings, use the following VS Code menu command:

Go Projects

Behind the scenes, the JFrog VS Code Extension scans all of the project dependencies, both direct and indirect (transitive), even if they are not declared in the project’s go.mod. It builds the Go dependencies tree by running go mod graph. Therefore, please make sure to have Go CLI in your system PATH.

Maven Projects

Excluding transitive dependency in pom.xml

To exclude a transitive dependency from your project, click on the “Exclude dependency” button in the dependencies tree. Exclude_Maven

Behind the Scenes

The JFrog VS Code Extension builds the Maven dependencies tree by running mvn dependency:tree. View licenses and top issue severities directly from the pom.xml.

Important notes:

  1. To have your project dependencies scanned by JFrog Xray, make sure Maven is installed, and that the mvn command is in your system PATH.
  2. For projects which include the Maven Dependency Plugin as a build plugin, with include or exclude configurations, the scanning functionality is disabled. For example:

Npm Projects

Behind the scenes, the extension builds the npm dependencies tree by running npm list. View licenses and top issue severities directly from the package.json.

Important: To have your project dependencies scanned by JFrog Xray, make sure the npm CLI is installed on your local machine and that it is in your system PATH. In addition, the project dependencies must be installed using npm install.

Pypi Projects

Behind the scenes, the extension builds the Pypi dependencies tree by running pipdeptree on your Python virtual environment. It also uses the Python interpreter path configured by the Python extension. View licenses and top issue severities directly from your requirements.txt files. The scan your Pypi dependencies, make sure the following requirements are met:

  1. The Python extension for VS Code is installed.
  2. Depending on your project, Please make sure Python 2 or 3 are included in your system PATH.
  3. Create and activate a virtual env as instructed in VS-Code documentation. Make sure that Virtualenv Python interpreter is selected as instructed here.
  4. Open a new terminal and activate your Virtualenv:
    • On macOS and Linux:
      source <venv-dir>/bin/activate
      # For example:
      source .env/bin/activate
    • On Windows:
      # For example:
  5. In the same terminal, install your python project and dependencies according to your project specifications.

.NET Projects

For .NET projects which use NuGet packages as depedencies, the extension displays the NuGet depedencies tree, together with the information for each depedency.
Behind the scenes, the extension builds the NuGet dependencies tree using the NuGet deps tree npm package.



View the extension log: Logs


The extension is licensed under Apache License 2.0.

Building and Testing the Sources

To build the extension sources, please follow these steps:

  1. Clone the code from Github.
  2. Build and create the VS-Code extension vsix file by running the following npm command.
npm i
npm run package

After the build finishes, you’ll find the vsix file in the jfrog-vscode-extension directory. The vsix file can be loaded into VS-Code

To run the tests:

npm t

Code Contributions

We welcome community contribution through pull requests.