bincat v1.1 release: Binary code static analyser, with IDA integration

What is BinCAT?

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

Changelog v1.1

  • AMD64 (x86-64) support
  • Huge performance improvements
  • Interface improvements
  • Lots of bugfixes
  • Officially drop IDA v6.9 support (but it may work)

In action

You can check 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
  • PowerPC


Binary distribution install (recommended)

The binary distribution includes everything needed:

  • the analyzer
  • the IDA plugin

Install steps:

  • Extract 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


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 BinCAT
  • In IDA, click on “File -> Script File…” menu (or type ALT-F7)
  • Select
  • BinCAT is now installed in your IDA user dir

Or install manually.

Linux install

Installation instructions

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



  • Load the plugin by using the Ctrl-Shift-B shortcut, or using the Edit -> Plugins -> BinCAT menu
  • Select an instruction in any IDA view, then use the Ctrl-Shift-A shortcut, or the BinCAT -> Analyze from here context menu


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