bdep-fetch - Man Page

fetch list of available project dependencies


bdep fetch [options] [--full|-F] [prj-spec] [cfg-spec]

cfg-spec = (@cfg-name | --config|-c cfg-dir)... | --all|-a
prj-spec = --directory|-d prj-dir


The fetch command fetches the list of packages available in the project's prerequisite/complement repositories in one or more build configurations.

If no project or package directory is specified, then the current working directory is assumed. If no configuration is specified, then the default configuration is assumed. See bdep-projects-configs(1) for details on specifying projects and configurations.

If the --full|-F option is specified, then instead fetch performs a full re-fetch of all the repositories added to the configuration. This mode is primarily useful when a configuration (and some of the prerequisite/complement repositories) are shared between several projects. In this situation an incremental fetch may result in an inconsistent repository state.

Fetch Options


Perform a full re-fetch of all the repositories.


Use all build configurations.

--config|-c dir

Specify the build configuration as a directory.

--directory|-d dir

Assume project/package is in the specified directory rather than in the current working directory.

--config-name|-n name

Specify the build configuration as a name.

--config-id num

Specify the build configuration as an id.

Common Options

The common options are summarized below with a more detailed description available in bdep-common-options(1).


Print essential underlying commands being executed.


Print all underlying commands being executed.


Run quietly, only printing error messages.

--verbose level

Set the diagnostics verbosity to level between 0 and 6.

--jobs|-j num

Number of jobs to perform in parallel.


Suppress progress indicators for long-lasting operations, such as network transfers, building, etc.

--bpkg path

The package manager program to be used for build configuration management.

--bpkg-option opt

Additional option to be passed to the package manager program.

--build path

The build program to be used to build packages.

--build-option opt

Additional option to be passed to the build program.

--curl path

The curl program to be used for network operations.

--curl-option opt

Additional option to be passed to the curl program.

--pager path

The pager program to be used to show long text.

--pager-option opt

Additional option to be passed to the pager program.

--options-file file

Read additional options from file.

--default-options dir

The directory to load additional default options files from.


Don't load default options files.

Default Options Files

See bdep-default-options-files(1) for an overview of the default options files. For the fetch command the search start directory is the project directory. The following options files are searched for in each directory and, if found, loaded in the order listed:


The following fetch command options cannot be specified in the default options files:



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Referenced By

bdep(1), bdep-projects-configs(1).

July 2020 bdep 0.13.0