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RetDec Radare2 plugin

RetDec plugin for Radare2.

The plugin integrates RetDec decompiler into Radare2 console. RetDec Radare2 plugin is shipped with a bundled RetDec version, but you can use your own version (specified below).

With the bundled version of RetDec you can decompile the following architectures:

  • 32-bit: Intel x86, ARM, MIPS, PIC32, and PowerPC.
  • 64-bit: x86-64, ARM64 (AArch64).

Installation and Use

We officially support Linux and macOS on which this plugin was tested.

R2PM Installation

The r2pm package is available for Radare2 version 4.2.0 and newer. To install the plugin using r2pm use:

$ r2pm -i retdec-r2plugin

This will, however, install only the plugin for r2 console. To use the Cutter plugin you must build this plugin manually. See the Build and Installation section.

Use in Radare2 Console

In r2 console you can type pdz? to print help:

Usage: pdz   # Native RetDec decompiler plugin.
| pdz            # Decompile current function with the RetDec decompiler.
| pdzj           # Dump the current decompiled function as JSON.
| pdzo           # Decompile current function side by side with offsets.
| pdz*           # Decompiled code is returned to r2 as a comment.
| %RETDEC_PATH   # Path to the RetDec decompiler script.
| %DEC_SAVE_DIR  # Directory to save decompilation into.

The following environment variables may be used to dynamically customize the plugin's behavior:

$ export RETDEC_PATH=<path> # path to the `` script to be used for decompilation.
$ export DEC_SAVE_DIR=<path> # custom path for output of decompilation to be saved to.

Build and Installation

This section describes a local build and installation of RetDec Radare2 plugin.


  • A compiler supporting c++17
  • CMake (version >= 3.6)
  • Existing Radare2 installation (version >= 4.2.0)

To build the bundled version of RetDec see RetDec requirements section.


  • Clone the repository:
    • git clone
  • Linux and MacOS:
    • cd retdec-r2plugin
    • mkdir build && cd build
    • cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<path>
    • make -jN (N is the number of processes to use for parallel build, typically number of cores + 1 gives fastest compilation time)
    • make install

You have to pass the following parameters to cmake:

  • -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<path> to set the installation path to <path>. It is important to set the <path> to a location where Radare2 can load plugins from (for example ~/.local).

You can pass the following additional parameters to cmake:

  • -DBUILD_BUNDLED_RETDEC=ON to build bundled RetDec version with the plugin. The build of the bundled RetDec is by default turned on.
  • -DRETDEC_INSTALL_PREFIX=<path> to specify the path where the bundled RetDec version will be installed or to specify the path of an existing RetDec installation (default is the value of CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX).
  • -DR2PLUGIN_DOC=OFF optional parameter to build Doxygen documentation.
  • -DBUILD_CUTTER_PLUGIN=OFF setting to ON will try to build Cutter plugin. This option may, however, require setting CUTTER_SOURCE_DIR. The Cutter must be built with support for plugin loading, see Cutter documentation.
  • -DCUTTER_SOURCE_DIR path to the ${CUTTER_REPO_ROOT}/src used to compile Cutter plugin.


Copyright (c) 2019 Avast Software, licensed under the LGPLv3 license. See the LICENSE file for more details.

RetDec Radare2 plugin incorporates modified files from r2gidra-dec project. The original sources are licensed under the LGPLv3 license. See the COPYING file for more details.

RetDec Radare2 plugin uses third-party libraries or other resources listed, along with their licenses, in the LICENSE-THIRD-PARTY file.


See RetDec contribution guidelines.

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