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Hidviz is a GUI application for in-depth analysis of USB HID class devices. The 2 main usecases of this application are reverse-engineering existing devices and developing new USB HID devices.

USB HID class consists of many possible devices, e.g. mice, keyboards, joysticks and gamepads. But that's not all! There are more exotic HID devices, e.g. weather stations, medical equipment (thermometers, blood pressure monitors) or even simulation devices (think of flight sticks!).

Hidviz screenshot

1) Building

Hidviz can be built on various platforms where following prerequisities can be obtained. Currently only Fedora, Ubuntu and MSYS2/Windows are supported and build guide is available for them. There is also experimental support for MacOS which has currently been tested on an M1 based Mac.

1.1) Prerequisities

  • C++ compiler with C++14 support
  • libusb 1.0 (can be called libusbx in you distro)
  • protobuf (v2 is enough)
  • Qt5 base
  • CMake (>=3.2)

1.1.1) Installing prerequisities on Fedora

sudo dnf install gcc-c++ gcc qt5-qtbase-devel protobuf-devel libusbx-devel

1.1.2) Installing prerequisities on Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install build-essential qtbase5-dev libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler libusb-1.0-0-dev

Note that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has old gcc unable to build hidviz, you need to install at least gcc 5.

1.1.3) Installing prerequisities on MSYS2/Windows

Please note hidviz is primarily developed on Linux and we currently don't have Windows CI therefore Windows build can be broken at any time. If you find so, please create an issue.

If you do not have MSYS2 installed, firstly follow this guide to install MSYS2.

pacman -S git mingw-w64-x86_64-cmake mingw-w64-x86_64-qt5 mingw-w64-x86_64-libusb \
          mingw-w64-x86_64-protobuf mingw-w64-x86_64-protobuf-c mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain \

1.1.4) Install prerequsites on MacOS

Please not hidviz on macos is not an offically supported platform. This has been known to work, but your mileage may vary.

You need to install cmake, qt5 and protobuf and libusb via brew. Please also ensure that if you are using an M1 based mac that youe build envornment matches the host architecture. I was stumped for a while with a failing build because I was using an x86 version of vscode which caused problems when querying arch as a part of the build. Switching to a native terminal fixed the issue for me.

brew install cmake qt@5 protobuf libusb

1.2) Clone and prepare out of source build

Firstly you need to obtain sources from git and prepare directory for out of source build:

git clone --recursive
mkdir hidviz/build
cd hidviz/build

Please note you have to do recursive clone.

1.3) Configuring

1.2.1) Configuring on Fedora/Ubuntu (Linux)

cmake ..

1.2.2) Configuring on MSYS2/Windows

cmake -G "Unix Makefiles" ..

1.2.3) Configuring on MacOS

cmake .. -DQt5_DIR=$(brew --prefix qt5)/lib/cmake/Qt5 -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=/opt/homebrew

1.4) Build

make -j$(nproc)

If you are doing MSYS2 build, check before build you are using MinGW32/64 shell, otherwise the build process won't work. More information can be found here.

2) Running

To run this project you need build/hidviz as you current directory for hidviz to work properly!

After successful build you need to run

cd hidviz

2.1) Running on Windows

Unfortunately you cannot use hidviz on Windows straight out of the box. Firstly you need to install custom drivers to devices you want to analyze.

I recommend you using following approach: Download Zadig, run it and install libusbK to device you want to analyze. You can find more information about the need for custom driver on Windows on libusb wiki.

3) Installing (Linux only)

sudo make install

Alternatively, you can install hidviz from Arch Linux's AUR repository:

pacaur -S hidviz

4) License

Hidviz is license under GPLv3+. For more information see LICENSE file.