Dependency Discovery Tool


A tool for discovering external dependencies in Office files.

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The Dependency Discovery Tool searches through binary office files (.doc, .xls and .ppt) and tries to find any documents or files that are linked to the document.

It is written in java, using the Apache POI libraries ( )

This project was part of a summer scholarship from the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University, Wellington ( in conjunction with Archives New Zealand ( ).

At the moment it requires Java 6 to build and run, but this should change soon, and it will run on Java 5 upwards.

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  • Finds links in .xls, .doc and .ppt files.
  • Output to plain text, XML or CSV
  • Public API (
  • Command-line interface


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