Fetch and set configuration values from IDAPython scripts
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ida_settings provides a mechanism for settings and fetching configration values for IDAPython scripts and plugins. Configurations are namespaced by plugin name, and scoped to the global system, current user, working directory, or current IDB file. Configurations can be exported and imported using an .ini-style intermediate representation.

Example fetching a configuration value:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
if settings["verbosity"] == "high":

Example setting a global configuration value:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
settings.system["verbosity"] = "high"

Example setting a working directory configuration value:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
settings.directory["verbosity"] = "high"

Use the properties "system", "user", "directory" and "idb" to scope configuration accesses and mutations to the global system, current user, working directory, or current IDB file.

Plugins that write settings should pick the appropriate scope for their settings. Plugins that read settings should fetch them from the default scope. This allows for precedence of scopes, such as the current IDB over system-wide configuration. For example:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
# when writing, use a scope:
settings.user["verbosity"] = "high"

# when reading, use the default scope:
settings["verbosity"] --> "high"

Generally, treat a settings instance like a dictionary. For example:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
"verbosity" in settings.user --> False
settings.user["verbosity"] = "high"
settings.user["verbosity"] --> "high"
settings.user.keys()       --> ["verbosity"]
settings.user.values()     --> ["high"]
settings.user.items()      --> [("verbosity", "high')]

The value of a particular settings entry must be a JSON-encodable value. For example, these are fine:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
settings.user["verbosity"] = "high"
settings.user["count"] = 1
settings.user["percentage"] = 0.75
settings.user["filenames"] = ["a.txt", "b.txt"]
settings.user["aliases"] = {"bp": "breakpoint", "g": "go"}

and this is not:

settings.user["object"] = hashlib.md5()      # this is not JSON-encodable

To export the current effective settings, use the export_settings function. For example:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
export_settings(settings, "/home/user/desktop/current.ini")

To import existing settings into a settings instance, such as the open IDB, use the import_settings function. For example:

settings = IDASettings("MSDN-doc")
import_settings(settings.idb, "/home/user/desktop/current.ini")

Enumerate the plugin names for the various levels using the IDASettings class properties:

IDASettings.get_system_plugin_names()     --> ["plugin-1", "plugin-2"]
IDASettings.get_user_plugin_names()       --> ["plugin-3", "plugin-4"]
IDASettings.get_directory_plugin_names()  --> ["plugin-5", "plugin-6"]
IDASettings.get_idb_plugin_names()        --> ["plugin-7", "plugin-8"]

This module is a single file that you can include in IDAPython plugin module or scripts.

It depends on ida-netnode, which you can download here: https://github.com/williballenthin/ida-netnode

This project is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

Author: Willi Ballenthin william.ballenthin@fireeye.com

settings editor

Run this script ida_settings/ui/ida_settings_viewer.py as an IDAPython script to review, modify, and save settings from the system, user, directory, and IDB scopes on a per-plugin basis.

UI Screenshot