Ghidra (pronounced Gee-druh;[2] /ˈɡdrə/[3]) is a free and open source reverse engineering tool developed by the National Security Agency (NSA). The binaries were released at RSA Conference in March 2019; the sources were published one month later on GitHub.[4] Ghidra is seen by many security researchers as a competitor to IDA Pro[5] and JEB Decompiler. The software is written in Java using the Swing framework for the GUI. The decompiler component is written in C++. Ghidra plugins can be developed in Java or in Python (provided via Jython).[6]

Disassembly of a file in Ghidra
Original author(s)NSA
Initial releaseMarch 5, 2019
Written inJava, C++
LicenseApache License 2.0 / Public domain[1]


Ghidra's existence was originally revealed to the public via WikiLeaks in March 2017,[7] but the software itself remained unavailable until its declassification and official release two years later.[4]

In June 2019, Coreboot began to use Ghidra for its reverse engineering efforts on firmware-specific problems following the open source release of the Ghidra software suite.[8]

Supported architectures

The following architectures or binary formats are supported:[9]

See also


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