IPyIDA is a python-only solution to use a IPython console in the context of IDA
Pro. It spawns an IPython kernel that you can connect to with
--existing in your shell or by opening a QT Console window in IDA Pro with
<Shift-.>. You can then benefit from IPython’s autocompletion, online help,
monospaced font input field, graphs, and so on.
IPyIDA has been tested with IDA 6.6 and up on Windows, OS X and Linux.
Fast and easy install
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()
The script will do the following:
pipif it’s not already installed
ipyidapackage from PyPi
ipyida_plugin_stub.pyto 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.
Install it the IDA way
This is not the recommend way of installing IPyIDA but if you insist, 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
Notebook not working
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.
External console not responding if IDA’s window is in the background for too long
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://github.com/james91b/ida_ipython.