Is there a way to modify one or more bytes in memory without making any changes in the database? I know about idc.PatchByte() in idapython, but it will print the message that states that 'This database has been patched' on the next run.

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    You may also try Edit -> Patch program -> Change byte/word in IDA Pro. PS: Consider to save the state of your IDA Database before changing bytes with Database snapshot manager(Ctrl+Shift+T). It will help you to avoid troubles if something will go wrong. If you want to patch the binary that you dissect, there are a plenty of ways to do that. You may use Edit -> Patch program -> Apply patches to input file in IDA Pro. Alternatively you may modify a binary in a debugger or with some hex editor. What would you like to modify?
    – 0xDEADC0DE
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 15:04
  • This is not suitable for me for exactly the same reason why idc.PatchByte() is not suitable for me. I estimated that the first answer will be like that - sorry that I hadn't mentioned this in op post.
    – vdudouyt
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 15:51
  • Probably PatchDbgByte(ea,value) from IDA Pro command line or in script will help. As descibed in idc.py this function meant to "Change a byte in the debugged process memory only". Commented Jan 16, 2019 at 20:43

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You can do it even in free IDA. Setup a breakpoint and use its condition property in Edit BreakPoint. This way you can change registers, memory, and even perform more complex actions. For example:


Byte at address rcx+2 is cleared when the breakpoint is hit.


Finally I'm answering my own question:

DbgWrite(ea, data)
    Write to debugger memory.
    @param ea: linear address
    @param data: string to write
    @return: number of written bytes (-1 - network/debugger error)
    Thread-safe function (may be called only from the main thread and debthread)

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