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What is BinCAT?

BinCAT is a static Binary Code Analysis Toolkit, designed to help reverse
engineers, directly from IDA.

It features:

  • value analysis (registers and memory)
  • taint analysis
  • type reconstruction and propagation
  • backward and forward analysis

In action

You can check (an older version of) BinCAT in action here:

Check the tutorial out to see the corresponding tasks.

Quick FAQ

Supported host platforms:

  • IDA plugin: all, version 6.9 or later (BinCAT uses PyQt, not PySide)
  • analyzer (local or remote): Linux, Windows, macOS (maybe)

Supported CPU for analysis (for now):

  • x86-32
  • ARMv7
  • ARMv8



The analyzer can be used locally or through a Web service.

On Windows, the binary distribution includes the analyzer.

On Linux:

IDA Plugin

Only IDA v6.9 or later (7 included) are supported

Install for Windows

  • Unzip the binary distribution of BinCAT (not the git repo)
  • In IDA, click on "File -> Script File..." menu (or type ALT-F7)
  • Select
  • BinCAT is now installed in your IDA user dir
  • Restart IDA

Or install manually.

Linux install

Installation instructions

BinCAT should work with IDA on Wine, once pip is installed:

Using BinCAT

Quick start

  • Load the plugin by using the Ctrl-Shift-B shortcut, or using the
    Edit -> Plugins -> BinCAT menu

  • Go to the instruction where you want to start the analysis

  • Select the BinCAT Configuration pane, click <-- Current to define the start address
  • Launch the analysis


Global options can be configured through the Edit/BinCAT/Options menu.

Default config and options are stored in $IDAUSR/idabincat/conf.


  • "Use remote bincat": select if you are running docker in a Docker container
  • "Remote URL": http://localhost:5000 (or the URL of a remote BinCAT server)
  • "Autostart": autoload BinCAT at IDA startup
  • "Save to IDB": default state for the save to idb checkbox


A manual is provided and check here for a
description of the configuration file format.

A tutorial is provided to help you try BinCAT's features.

Article and presentations about BinCAT


BinCAT is released under the GNU Affero General Public

The BinCAT OCaml code includes code from the original Ocaml runtime, released
under the LGPLv2.

The BinCAT IDA plugin includes code from
by Willi Ballenthin, released under the Apache License 2.0.

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