bnd VS missinglink

Compare bnd vs missinglink and see what are their differences.


Bnd/Bndtools. Tooling to build OSGi bundles including Eclipse, Maven, and Gradle plugins. (by bndtools)


Build time tool for detecting link problems in java projects (by spotify)
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bnd missinglink
3 5
517 141
0.2% 0.0%
9.7 8.1
8 days ago 17 days ago
Java Java
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of bnd. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-03-05.


Posts with mentions or reviews of missinglink. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-03-31.
  • A Scala rant
    9 projects | /r/scala | 31 Mar 2021
    Kind of getting off topic but I agree with you that static analysis for JVM dependency linking is a really promising avenue. I hope we'll see more development in this area in the future. Have you seen ?
    9 projects | /r/scala | 31 Mar 2021
    You can also use the upstream if you're using Maven instead of sbt.
  • Is there any way to statically detect broken references in a set of Java class files?
    5 projects | /r/java | 5 Mar 2021
    Spotify as a Maven plugin that tries to detect this. Spotify Missing link
    5 projects | /r/java | 5 Mar 2021
    There's been a recent release of missing-link with support for Mult-Release JARs and running analysis on multiple projects concurrently. More info here (applies not only to Scala/sbt, so it's worth linking it here):
  • Preventing version conflicts with versionScheme (improving the Scala library ecosystem)
    2 projects | /r/scala | 19 Feb 2021
    There are still some issues with MissingLink, like that it can't handle Multi-Release JARs (but that's being fixed I write) or that it uses thread-unsafe caches and so it can't be executed in parallel (and so it can take a long time to finish on big projects with many modules). But taken all together I swear by it. It has already saved us from runtime failures after deployment many times (it's easy to get incompatible versions when working on big projects with big number of dependencies). Instead, we get a red build in CI -- just anybody should expect for goodness sake when using a strongly-typed language like Scala.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing bnd and missinglink you can also consider the following projects:

karaf - Mirror of Apache Karaf

QuickShell - QuickShell is an Eclipse plugin to use Java JShell inside the Eclipse IDE.

osgi-reactive - Reactive streams in OSGi as message bus

cloud-opensource-java - Tools for detecting and avoiding linkage errors in GCP open source projects

maven-dependency-versions-check-plugin - Maven plugin to find dependency version conflicts

formatter-maven-plugin - Formatter Maven Plugin

java-oo - Java Operator Overloading

gradle-s3-build-cache - An AWS S3 Gradle build cache implementation

red5-server - Red5 Server core

JavaPackager - :package: Gradle/Maven plugin to package Java applications as native Windows, MacOS, or Linux executables and create installers for them.

scan-gradle-plugin - Gradle plugin that scans the dependencies of a Gradle project using Sonatype platforms: OSS Index and Nexus IQ Server.