Installing Plugin

Since FIRST is an IDA Python plugin it only works with a license version of Hex Ray’s IDA Pro. Due to the integrations with IDA Pro there is a minimum version number. The FIRST plugin only works with IDA 6.9 (service pack 1), relased May 2016, and higher.


It is easier to install Python from with the latest 2.7 build instead of using the outdated version of Python bundled in with IDA Pro.


There are many ways to install FIRST, the quickest way is to use pip and run the setup script. The setup’s location differs depending on the OS being used and other possible configurations. The defaults for Mac and Windows are below.


$ pip install first-plugin-ida
$ /usr/local/bin/first-plugin-ida


> pip install first-plugin-ida
> C:\Python27\Scripts\first-plugin-ida

To use FIRST, you will need to download the plugin and save it to the Hex Rays IDA Pro plugin folder. Directions for this differ depending on the operating system and a basic guide can be found below.

FIRST is available on PyPI, so to use it you can use pip:

$ pip install first-plugin-ida

Alternatively, if you don’t have setuptools installed, download it from PyPi and run

$ python install

To use the bleeding-edge version of FIRST’s IDA Pro Integration, you can get the source from GitHub and install it as above:

$ git clone git://
$ python install

Once first-plugin-ida is installed with pip, the post installation script needs to be executed. The script simply copies over the plugin and its files to the IDA Pro installation of your choosing. Depending on your system setup, configuration, and user privileges you may need to be admin or root to successfully use the script.

OS Default Path
Mac /usr/local/bin/first-plugin-ida
Windows C:\Python27\Scripts\first-plugin-ida

The script will ask you for the full path to the IDA Pro installation. Providing it will copy the plugin to IDA Pro and its dependencies. The default location for IDA Pro installations are outline below.

OS Default Path
Mac Applications/IDA\ Pro\ 6.9/
Windows C:\Program Files (x86)\IDA 6.9\plugins

Once the script completes without any errors you will be able to use FIRST in IDA Pro.

Manual Installation

If you do not wish to use pip or the post installation script then FIRST can be installed manually. To install the plugin you will need to get the plugin’s source from GitHub. The source for the plugin includes every file in the FIRST-plugin-ida/first_plugin_ida folder except FIRST-plugin-ida/first_plugin_ida/ file. All other files need to be copied over to IDA Pro’s plugins directory. Depending on the OS IDA is running on you may need to copy over other dependencies to IDA Pro’s folders.


Additionally, FIRST requires one third party module to work and an optional module if Kerberos Authentication is used


Once you have a copy of the plug-in, installing the plug-in is as simple as copying the Python file into the plugins folder. For IDA 6.9, the default installation path can be found at:

Default IDA Pro Path C:\Program Files (x86)\IDA 6.9\plugins
Dependency Instructions pip install requests

Mac OS X

Installing on Mac OS X requires a little more work, once you’ve installed IDA Pro, copy the FIRST plugin to the <installed_path>/Contents/MacOS/plugins/ folder and the required dependencies to <installed_path>/Contents/MacOS/python/

Default IDA Pro Path /Applications/IDA\ Pro\ 6.9/
Dependency Instructions

pip install requests

cp /usr/local/lib/python2.7/sites-packages/requests* /Applications/IDAPro6.9/


Still trying to figure this one out... anyone know how?