There is NO mandatory dependency to have
gef running contrarily to other projects.
A simple recent GDB compiled with Python scripting support will do.
Only GDB 7.7 and higher is required. It must be compiled with Python 2 or 3 support.
All recent distributions of Linux now embeds a GDB version compiled with at least Python 2 (although more and more are migrating towards Python 3).
You can verify it with the following command:
$ gdb -nx -ex 'python print (sys.version)' -ex quit
This should display your version of Python compiled with
For example, with Python2
$ gdb -nx -ex 'python print (sys.version)' -ex quit 2.7.3 (default, Mar 18 2014, 06:31:17) [GCC 4.6.3]
$ gdb -nx -ex 'python print (sys.version)' -ex quit 3.4.0 (default, Apr 11 2014, 13:08:40) [GCC 4.8.2]
If you see an error here, it means that your GDB installation does not support Python.
Note: If your GDB is compiled with Python3,
GEF will assume that your
environment locales are in UTF-8 (which is the standard). If you use on purpose
another locales, you may expect
Unicode exceptions preventing many commands to
work as expected. Please set up your locales to
UTF-8 to have
Setup from repository
The best way to use
GEF is through cloning the git repository from GitHub, and
source the file from your
$ git clone https://github.com/hugsy/gef.git # or git pull to update $ echo 'source /path/to/gef.py' >> ~/.gdbinit
One-time setup script
If you only need
GEF for a one-time environment (VMs, etc.) that do not
git installed, just go with:
$ curl -s -L https://github.com/hugsy/gef/raw/master/gef.sh | sh
A few commands were added to
GEF to extend its capabilities. It is
highly recommended to install the following modules (but not required):
capstone- disassembly engine
Ropper- an improved version of
unicorn- emulation engine
keystone- assembly engine
Some of those modules can be installed through
python-pip. The following
commands will work for most distributions, but substitute
pip3 for versions of
gdb compiled with Python 3:
$ pip install capstone $ pip install ropper
Please refer to each project for installation and troubleshooting guides. As
gef works out of the box, please do not send Issues to this project if you
have problems while installing those modules.
gef will assume the module installations are valid. Otherwise, it will
automatically disable all the
gef commands that require this invalid module.
To check that
GEF has been correctly installed, simply start a new
session against any binary.
$ gdb -q /bin/ls
You should see the following header and prompt
$ gdb-gef -q /bin/ls gef loaded, `gef help' to start, `gef config' to configure 37 commands loaded (15 sub-commands), using Python engine 3.5 Reading symbols from /bin/ls...(no debugging symbols found)...done. gef➤