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Project details
LicenseApache License 2.0
Programming languagePython
AuthorRomain Thomas
Latest release0.10.1 []

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LIEF is short for Library to Instrument Executable Formats.

Why this tool?

In several occasions, it may be useful to perform analysis on binary file formats. Such occasion could be incident response, digital forensics, or as part of reverse engineering tasks. In these cases, a toolkit like LIEF can help to perform this job. It allows you to parse and modify the files. LIEF also will make information available an application programmable interface (API) for automated processing.

Usage and audience

LIEF is commonly used for binary analysis, malware analysis, or reverse engineering. Target users for this tool are developers and security professionals.


  • Application programming interface (API) available

Tool review and remarks

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


  • + The source code of this software is available

Author and Maintainers

LIEF is under development by Romain Thomas.


Supported operating systems

LIEF is known to work on Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

LIEF alternatives

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