IPyIDA is a python-only solution to add an IPython console to IDA Pro. Use
<Shift-.> to open a window with an embedded Qt console. You can then
benefit from IPython’s autocompletion, online help, monospaced font input
field, graphs, and so on.
You can also connect to the kernel outside of IDA using
IPyIDA has been tested with IDA 6.6 and up on Windows, OS X and Linux, up to 7.6.
A script is provided to install IPyIDA and its dependencies automagically from the IDA console. Simply copy the following line to the IDA console.
import urllib2; exec urllib2.urlopen('https://github.com/eset/ipyida/raw/stable/install_from_ida.py').read()
import urllib.request; exec(urllib.request.urlopen('https://github.com/eset/ipyida/raw/stable/install_from_ida.py').read())
Python3.framework does not provide a trusted CA file. You can use
the system-wide file
import urllib.request; exec(urllib.request.urlopen('https://github.com/eset/ipyida/raw/stable/install_from_ida.py', cafile="/etc/ssl/cert.pem").read())
The script will do the following:
pip if it’s not already installed
ipyida package from PyPi
ipyida_plugin_stub.py to the user’s
Load the IPyIDA plugin
You can inspect the install_from_ida.py script if you wish to see exactly what it does.
|Don’t panic. It’s normal to see Windows' command prompt window open during the installation on Windows.|
Rerun the install script to update to the latest version and restart IDA.
If you’d rather manage the dependencies and updates yourself, you can
ipyida_plugin_stub.py and the
ipyida directory inside IDA’s
This method requires that you manage dependencies on your own. IPyIDA requires
qtconsole package, and the
qasync package if using
ipykernel version 5 or newer.
By default, the console does not have any globals available. If you want to
have module imported before the console is opened, IPyIDA will read the
ipyidarc.py file from the IDA user directory (
Anything you import in this file will be available in the IPython console.
This is similar to the
With a dark theme in IDA Pro, it’s more convenient to also have a dark theme in
the IPython console. To activate the dark theme built into
qtconsole, add the
following in your
import qtconsole.styles import ipyida.ida_qtconsole ipyida.ida_qtconsole.set_widget_options(dict( style_sheet = qtconsole.styles.default_dark_style_sheet, syntax_style = qtconsole.styles.default_dark_syntax_style ))
IPython notebook cannot attach to an existing kernel like
ipython console and
ipython qtconsole do. There’s some more background info here:
There are workarounds to this be I didn’t include one yet. I will consider adding it if it’s not too hackish. Pull requests are welcome.
This problem is specific to OS X’s App Nap feature in OS X 10.9 and up. When running Disabling App Nap for IDA Pro seems to fix the problem, but is a a hack for now and will use more battery on a laptop, we should find a better solution.
Here is how to disable App Nap for IDA Pro:
defaults write com.hexrays.idaq NSAppSleepDisabled -bool YES defaults write com.hexrays.idaq64 NSAppSleepDisabled -bool YES
@james91b also successfully integrated a IPython kernel in IDA. Being a non-Windows IDA user, I needed something cross-platform and took a Python-only approach to implement it. Although the some of the implementation idea comes from that project, IPyIDA was written from scratch. Hat tip to @james91b and all IDA_IPython contributors. IDA_IPython is available on Github at https://awesomeopensource.com/project/james91b/ida_ipython.