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ROPgadget Tool

This tool lets you search your gadgets on your binaries to facilitate your ROP exploitation. ROPgadget supports ELF/PE/Mach-O format on x86, x64, ARM, ARM64, PowerPC, SPARC and MIPS architectures. Since the version 5, ROPgadget has a new core which is written in Python using Capstone disassembly framework for the gadgets search engine - The older version can be found in the Archives directory but it will not be maintained.


If you want to use ROPgadget, you have to install http://www.capstone-engine.org/ first.

For the Capstone’s installation on nix machine:

$ sudo pip install capstone

Capstone supports multi-platforms (windows, ios, android, cygwin...). For the cross-compilation, please refer to the https://github.com/aquynh/capstone/blob/master/COMPILE.TXT file.

After Capstone is installed, ROPgadget can be used as a standalone tool:

$ ROPgadget.py

Or installed into the Python site-packages library, and executed from $PATH.

$ python setup.py install
$ ROPgadget

Or installed from PyPi

$ pip install ropgadget
$ ROPgadget


usage: ROPgadget.py [-h] [-v] [-c] [--binary <binary>] [--opcode <opcodes>]
[--string <string>] [--memstr <string>] [--depth <nbyte>]
[--only <key>] [--filter <key>] [--range <start-end>]
[--badbytes <byte>] [--rawArch <arch>] [--rawMode <mode>]
[--rawEndian <endian>] [--re <re>] [--offset <hexaddr>]
[--ropchain] [--thumb] [--console] [--norop] [--nojop]
[--callPreceded] [--nosys] [--multibr] [--all] [--noinstr]
[--dump] [--silent] [--align ALIGN]
optional arguments:
-h, --help           show this help message and exit
-v, --version        Display the ROPgadget's version
-c, --checkUpdate    Checks if a new version is available
--binary <binary>    Specify a binary filename to analyze
--opcode <opcodes>   Search opcode in executable segment
--string <string>    Search string in readable segment
--memstr <string>    Search each byte in all readable segment
--depth <nbyte>      Depth for search engine (default 10)
--only <key>         Only show specific instructions
--filter <key>       Suppress specific mnemonics
--range <start-end>  Search between two addresses (0x...-0x...)
--badbytes <byte>    Rejects specific bytes in the gadget's address
--rawArch <arch>     Specify an arch for a raw file
--rawMode <mode>     Specify a mode for a raw file
--rawEndian <endian> Specify an endianness for a raw file
--re <re>            Regular expression
--offset <hexaddr>   Specify an offset for gadget addresses
--ropchain           Enable the ROP chain generation
--thumb              Use the thumb mode for the search engine (ARM only)
--console            Use an interactive console for search engine
--norop              Disable ROP search engine
--nojop              Disable JOP search engine
--callPreceded       Only show gadgets which are call-preceded
--nosys              Disable SYS search engine
--multibr            Enable multiple branch gadgets
--all                Disables the removal of duplicate gadgets
--noinstr            Disable the gadget instructions console printing
--dump               Outputs the gadget bytes
--silent             Disables printing of gadgets during analysis
--align ALIGN        Align gadgets addresses (in bytes)
--mipsrop <rtype>    MIPS useful gadgets finder

How can I contribute ?

  • Use Z3 to solve the ROP chain
  • Add system gadgets for PPC, Sparc, ARM64 (Gadgets.addSYSGadgets())
  • Manage big endian in Mach-O format like the ELF classe.
  • Everything you think is cool :)


Please report bugs, submit pull requests, etc. on github at https://github.com/JonathanSalwan/ROPgadget The offical page is on shell-storm.org at http://shell-storm.org/project/ROPgadget/


See COPYING and the license header on all source files. For the files in the dependencies/ there are individual licenses in each folder.


x64 ARM Sparc MIPS PowerPC ROP chain