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pub beta support for Dependabot version updates

Users of Dependabot version updates can now proactively update their dependencies for Flutter or Dart projects which use the pub package manager.

To test version updates on your own Dart or Flutter repo, add the following configuration file in .github/dependabot.yaml:

version: 2
enable-beta-ecosystems: true
  - package-ecosystem: "pub"
    directory: "/"
      interval: "weekly"

Note the package-ecosystem: "pub" and enable-beta-ecosystems: true flags.


Support for pub is in beta, and thus, we are aware of some limitations. For example, security updates are not supported in this release but will be in the future.

Other known limitations:

  • No support for updating git-dependencies
  • If the version found is ignored (by dependabot config) no update will happen (even if, an earlier version could be used)
  • No support for private package repositories

We want your feedback! Please open or vote on a comment in this discussion. You can get help troubleshooting by opening an issue on dependabot-core.

Special thanks to the Dart team for collaborating with us to make this happen.

The CodeQL runner has been deprecated in favor of the CodeQL CLI. As previously announced, starting March 14th, the CodeQL bundle now no longer includes the CodeQL runner. This deprecation only affects users who use CodeQL code scanning in 3rd party CI/CD systems; users of GitHub Actions are not affected.

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