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snyk monitor [<OPTIONS>]


The snyk monitor command creates a project in your Snyk account to be continuously monitored for open-source vulnerabilities and license issues, sending the results to
Use the monitor command command before integrating a project into production, to take a snapshot of the code to be monitored in order to avoid pushing vulnerabilities into production. Choose a test frequency in your Settings if you want to change the frequency from the default, which is daily.
A PR check will also do a test.
After running the snyk monitor command, log in to the Snyk website and view your projects to see the monitor.
If you make changes to your code, you must run the monitor command again.
For Snyk Container, see snyk container help
The monitor command is not supported for Snyk Code.
For Snyk Infrastructure as Code follow the instructions in "Regularly testing IaC files" on Snyk CLI for Infrastructure as Code

Exit codes

Possible exit codes and their meaning:
0: success, snapshot created 2: failure, try to re-run the command. Use -d to output the debug logs. 3: failure, no supported projects detected

Configure the Snyk CLI

You can use environment variables to configure the Snyk CLI and and set variables for connecting with the Snyk API. See Configure the Snyk CLI

Code execution warning

Before scanning your code, review the Code execution warning for Snyk CLI


Use the -d option to output the debug logs.


See also subsequent sections for options for specific build environments, package managers, languages and [<CONTEXT-SPECIFIC OPTIONS>] which you specify last.


Auto-detect all projects in the working directory, including Yarn workspaces.
Note: Gradle projects are treated as sub-projects. Therefore --exclude does not work with Gradle projects.


Use with --all-projects to cause scans to be interrupted when errors occur and to report these errors back to the user.
The exit code is 2 and the scan ends. No vulnerability information is reported for projects that did not produce errors.
To perform the scan, resolve the error and scan again.
Note: If you do not use --fail-fast, Snyk scans all the projects but does not report any vulnerabilities for projects it could not scan due to misconfiguration or another error.


Use with --all-projects or --yarn-workspaces to indicate how many subdirectories to search. DEPTH must be a number, 1 or greater; zero (0) is the current directory.
Default: 4, the current working directory (0) and 4 subdirectories.
Example: --detection-depth=3 limits search to the specified directory (or the current directory if no <PATH> is specified) plus three levels of subdirectories; zero (0) is the current directory.


Can be used with --all-projects and --yarn-workspaces to indicate directory names and file names to exclude. Must be comma-separated, and cannot include a path.
Example: $ snyk test --all-projects --exclude=dir1,file2
This will exclude any directories and files named dir1 and file2 when scanning for project manifest files such as: ./dir1, ./src/dir1, ./file2, ./src/file2 and so on.
Note: --exclude=dir1 will find both ./dir1, and ./src/dir1. However, --exclude=./src/dir1 will result in an error because it includes a path.
Note: When --all-projects is used with Gradle, the projects are treated as sub-projects. The --exclude option is not supported for Gradle sub-projects.

--prune-repeated-subdependencies, -p

Prune dependency trees, removing duplicate sub-dependencies.
Continues to find all vulnerabilities, but may not find all of the vulnerable paths.
Use this option if any big projects fail to be tested.
Default: false
Print the dependency tree before sending it for analysis.


Set or override the remote URL for the repository that you would like to monitor.


Include development-only dependencies. Applicable only for some package managers, for example, devDependencies in npm or :development dependencies in Gemfile.
Note: This option can be used with Maven, npm, and Yarn projects.
Default: false, scan only production dependencies.


Specify the <ORG_ID> to run Snyk commands tied to a specific organization. The <ORG_ID> influences some features availability and private test limits.
If you have multiple organizations, you can set a default from the CLI using:
$ snyk config set org=<ORG_ID>
Set a default to ensure all newly monitored projects are created under your default organization. If you need to override the default, use the --org=<ORG_ID> option.
Default: <ORG_ID> that is the current preferred organization in your Account settings
Note that you can also use --org=<orgslugname>. The ORG_ID works in both the CLI and the API. The organization slug name works in the CLI, but not in the API.
For more information see the article How to select the organization to use in the CLI


Specify a package file.
When testing locally or monitoring a project, you can specify the file that Snyk should inspect for package information. When the file is not specified, Snyk tries to detect the appropriate file for your project.
See also the section on Options for Python projects


Specify the name of the package manager when the filename specified with the --file=<FILE> option is not standard. This allows Snyk to find the file.
Example: $ snyk monitor --file=req.txt --package-manager=pip
For more information see Options for Python projects


For C++ only, scan all files for known open source dependencies.
For options you can use with --unmanaged see Options for scanning using --unmanaged


Ignore all set policies, the current policy in the .snyk file, org level ignores, and the project policy on


Apply and use ignore rules from the Snyk policies in your dependencies; otherwise ignore rules in the dependencies are only shown as a suggestion.


Specify a custom Snyk project name.
Example: $ snyk monitor --project-name=my-project


Specify a reference that differentiates this project, for example, a branch name or version. Projects having the same reference can be grouped based on that reference. Supported for Snyk Open Source and use with --unmanaged.
For more information see Group projects by branch or version


Manually pass a path to a .snyk policy file.


Print results on the console as a JSON data structure.
Note: If you use an option that sets project attributes and your role lacks permission to edit project attributes the monitor command fails. For instructions on how to proceed see Editing project attributes from the Snyk CLI


Set the project environment project attribute to one or more values (comma-separated). To clear the project environment set --project-environment=
Allowed values: frontend, backend, internal, external, mobile, saas, onprem, hosted, distributed
For more information see Project attributes


Set the project lifecycle project attribute to one or more values (comma-separated). To clear the project lifecycle set --project-lifecycle=
Allowed values: production, development, sandbox
For more information see Project attributes


Set the project business criticality project attribute to one or more values (comma-separated). To clear the project business criticality set --project-business-criticality=
Allowed values: critical, high, medium, low
For more information see Project attributes


Set the project tags to one or more values (comma-separated key value pairs with an "=" separator).
Example, --project-tags=department=finance,team=alpha
To clear the project tags set --project-tags=
For more information including allowable characters see Project tags


This is an alias for --project-tags

Options for Maven projects

Note: The --dev option can be used with Maven projects. See also the --dev option help


Use --maven-aggregate-project instead of --all-projects when scanning Maven aggregate projects, that is, ones that use modules and inheritance.
When scanning these types of projects, Snyk performs a compile to ensure all modules are resolvable by the Maven reactor.
Be sure to run the scan in the same directory as the root pom.xml file.
Snyk reports test results per pom.xml file.


To monitor individual JAR, WAR, and AAR files, use the following:
--scan-unmanaged --file=<JAR_FILE_NAME>


Auto-detect Maven, JAR, WAR, and AAR files recursively from the current folder.
Note: Custom-built JAR files, even with open-source dependencies, are not supported.

Options for Gradle projects

--sub-project=<NAME>, --gradle-sub-project=<NAME>

For Gradle "multi project" configurations, monitor a specific sub-project.


For "multi project" configurations, monitor all sub-projects.


Resolve dependencies using only configuration(s) that match the specified Java regular expression.
Example: ^releaseRuntimeClasspath$


Select certain values of configuration attributes to install dependencies and perform dependency resolution.
Example: buildtype:release,usage:java-runtime


Use for projects that contain a Gradle initialization script.

Options for NuGet projects


When you are monitoring a .NET project using NuGet PackageReference uses the project name in project.assets.json if found.


Specify a custom path to the packages folder.


When monitoring a .NET project, use this option to add a custom prefix to the name of files inside a project along with any desired separators.
Example: snyk monitor --file=my-project.sln --project-name-prefix=my-group/
This is useful when you have multiple projects with the same name in other .sln files.

Options for npm projects

Note: You can use the following options with npm projects:
--dev. See the --dev option help
--all-projects to scan and detect npm projects and all other projects in the directory. See the --all-projects option help
--prune-repeated-subdependencies, -p. See the --prune-repeated subdependencies option help


Control monitoring out-of-sync lockfiles.
Default: true

Options for Yarn projects

Note: You can use the following options with Yarn projects:
--dev. See the --dev option help
--prune-repeated-subdependencies, -p. See the --prune-repeated subdependencies option help


Control monitoring out-of-sync lockfiles.
Default: true


Detect and scan Yarn Workspaces only when a lockfile is in the root.
You can specify how many sub-directories to search using --detection-depth.
You can exclude directories and files using --exclude.
Default:--all-projects automatically detects and scans Yarn Workspaces.with other projects.

Option for CocoaPods projects


Control monitoring out-of-sync lockfiles.
Default: false

Options for Python projects


Indicate which specific Python commands to use based on the Python version.
Snyk uses Python in order to scan and find your dependencies. If you are using multiple Python versions, use this parameter to specify the correct Python command for execution.
Default: python This executes your default python version. Run python -V to find out what your default version is.
Example: snyk monitor --command=python3


Skip packages that cannot be found in the environment, for example, private packages that cannot be accessed from the machine running the scan.

--file= for Python

For a Python project, specify a particular file to monitor.
By default, Snyk scans the requirements.txt file at the top level of the project.
Snyk can recognize any manifest files specified with this option based on --file=req.txt. Each (*) is a wildcard and req can appear anywhere in the file name.
For example, Snyk recognizes your manifest file when you have renamed it to requirements-dev.txt.

--package-manager= for Python

Add--package-manager=pip to your command if the file name is not requirements.txt.
This option is mandatory if you specify a value for the --file parameter that is not to a requirements.txt file. The test fails without this parameter. Specify this parameter with the value pip.
For complete information about the command see --package-manager=<PACKAGE_MANAGER_NAME>``

Options for scanning using --unmanaged

The following snyk monitor options can be used with --unmanaged as documented in this help.
There are also special options.


Specify the maximum level of archive extraction.
Usage: --max-depth=1
Use 0 (zero, the default) to disable archive extraction completely.
Display dependencies.
Use this option to see what files contributed to each dependency identified.
To see how confident Snyk is about the identified dependency and its version, use the --print-deps or --print-dep-paths option.

Options for build tools


Use a double dash (--) after the complete Snyk command to pass options (arguments, flags) that follow directly to the build tool, for example Gradle or Maven.
The format is snyk <command> -- [<context-specific_options>]
Example: snyk monitor -- --build-cache
Note: Do not use double quotes in any -- [<context-specific_options>].
Example: Use snyk monitor --org=myorg -- -s settings.xml NOT snyk monitor --org=myorg -- "-s settings.xml"
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