IDA Pro 5.2 (Nov 2007)



Improved iPhone support

IDA Pro 5.2 handles iPhone executables out of the box.

Much improved ARM and PowerPC support

The updated ARM module supports 200 new instructions. This module started with mere 38 instructions: the ARM was a small and sleek processor; now it boasts 3 different instruction encodings [arm, thumb, thumb32], dsp, floating point, vector, simd, and even java instructions!

Much improved PowerPC module

The PowerPC module has ~40 new instructions.

Easy debugger scripts in IDC


The debugger is finally available from IDC. There is no need to write complex plugins, install event handlers and express the logic in a finite state machine form. Simple and natural functions that allow to wait for the next debugger event and continue the script without yielding control to the ida kernel have been introduced.

Improved type support

The type system has been improved to support types of abitrary length and complexity (there was a limitation of 1024 bytes per type descriptor). The user interface offers a new window to display and manipulate local types. This allows for easy migration of types from one database to another. You can even export all local types in a compiler readable form!

Detailed list of changes c­an be found: here­

Application Details:

Version: 5.2
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.16

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

The program is functional, ultimately if you need to get something done you can fire idaw.exe up in wine and do what you need to do.

What does not

There are some GUI issues: The application has a similar interface many windows programs like Photoshop, where there is a "Desktop" that holds the program's various windows. wine does a poor job of refreshing the GUI, and that desktop gets loaded with artifacts. Larger tooltips that appear when mousing over various functions/variables in your program might flash what they wanted to say for a second, but they are otherwise just displayed as big empty boxes.


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentMac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"Mar 05 20091.1.16Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Dec 03 20081.1.9Yes Yes NoPlatinumRandal T.Rioux 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 12 20080.9.53.Yes Yes NoSilverSamu Voutilainen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Dec 02 20070.9.50.Yes Yes NoPlatinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
16182 Scrollbar background incorrectly blank/white in IDA Pro NEW View
16183 Popup text is immediately overwritten by background in IDA Pro NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Text is cut off/garbled in the disassembly view

Use winetricks work around the font display problem:

$ wget


$ bash winetricks corefonts
Keyboard layout error: Failed to get the scan code

If you get a message box on startup, stating:

­­"Keyboard layout error: Failed to get the scan code of '~' (VkKeySca­n failure)"

Either check the box "don't display that message again" or go to the following directory:

­$ cd /home/.wine/c_drive/Program Files/IDA/cfg

Then open the file "idagui.cfg" with a text editor, and locate the line containing the following:

"BitwiseNegate" = '~'

and comment it out:

//"BitwiseNegate" = '~'

save and restart.