Phantom Dependency

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A Phantom Dependency is dependency used in a project:

  • that is resolved (found)
  • but is not declared as dependency in the project itself.


If your project uses a dependency A that depends on B. The code of B is available.

If your project uses B without declaring it, B is a phantom dependency.

Technically, you shouldn't be able to use B without adding it to your project dependency but dependency manager may have a dependency resolution mechanism that allows it.

For instance:

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