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Introduction: what is pyelftools?

pyelftools is a pure-Python library for parsing and analyzing ELF files and DWARF debugging information. See the User's guide for more details.


As a user of pyelftools, one only needs Python to run. It works with Python versions 2.6, 2.7 and 3.x (x >= 2). For hacking on pyelftools the requirements are a bit more strict, please see the hacking guide.


pyelftools can be installed from PyPI (Python package index):

> pip install pyelftools

Alternatively, you can download the source distribution for the most recent and historic versions from the Downloads tab on the pyelftools project page (by going to Tags). Then, you can install from source, as usual:

> python install

Since pyelftools is a work in progress, it's recommended to have the most recent version of the code. This can be done by downloading the tip tag ("trunk") from Downloads or just cloning the Mercurial repository.

How to use it?

pyelftools is a regular Python library: you import and invoke it from your own code. For a detailed usage guide and links to examples, please consult the user's guide.


pyelftools is open source software. Its code is in the public domain. See the LICENSE file for more details.

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