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Project details

wxWindows Library Licence v3.1
Programming language
Ole André Vadla Ravnås
Latest release
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Why this tool?

Frida allows developers and researchers to inject custom scripts into black box processes. This way it can provide a hook into any function, allowing to trace executed instructions. The source code is not needed. Frida even allows direct manipulation and see the results. The tool comes with bindings for different programming languages, allowing to interact with processes. Example of the bindings that Frida provides include Python, Swift, .NET, Qt/Qml, and C API.

How it works

The core of Frida is written in C. This core injects Google’s V8 engine into the target processes. Your JavaScript code gets then executed with access to almost anything. This includes full access to the memory and adding hooking functions. The functions allow snooping on the instructions performed by process or even interacting with it.

Usage and audience

Frida is commonly used for black-box testing or reverse engineering. Target users for this tool are developers, forensic specialists, malware analysts, and security professionals.


  • Command line interface
  • Custom payloads
  • Customization and additions are possible
  • Has bindings for multiple programming languages

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + More than 2000 GitHub stars
  • + Many releases available
  • + Project is mature (5+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available

Author and Maintainers

Frida is under development by Ole André Vadla Ravnås.


Supported operating systems

Frida is known to work on Android, Linux, Microsoft Windows, QNX, iOS, and macOS.

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