I have three files:

  1. ELF executable,
  2. ELF dynamically linked library (.so),
  3. C headers file (.h) with function signatures and related structures for that library.

#1 imports a number of functions from #2.

Is there a way for me to leverage #3 to automatically apply signatures from #3 to:

  1. Imports in #1 in one instance of IDA?
  2. Exports in #2 in another instance of IDA?

2 Answers 2


There are several functions in the SDK, in typeinf.hpp or ida_typeinf.py that could be of use here, with the python API being much easier to use.

  • parse_decls - for converting a header file to a til_t type library.
    • this function seems to skip plain function declarations.
    • but does store typedefs by name.
  • parse_decl - for converting a single declaration to a tinfo_t object.
    • this does work for function declarations, but loses the function name.
  • get_named_type - for looking up a type in the til_t.
  • apply_type - for applying a type to a function.

So you could either parse the name from the function declaration yourself, and then use parse_decl to parse each declaration seperately.

Or you could add typedef to the start of each declaration, so ida will store all your declarations, by name in a type libary.


Try using File -> Load File -> Parse C Header File (Ctrl+F9). You might need to tweak some things in the header file.

  • Thank you for your response. I have tried this and it did not work. IDA successfully parses the file. I can manually fix function signatures by telling IDA what the arguments are, including custom structure pointers. However, this is very time consuming and feels unnecessary. Is there a way for it to automatically or semi-automatically apply signatures from the header file to functions matched by name?
    – pandasauce
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 11:23
  • Yes. that way is the feature described above. It does not parse complicated C constructs and as mentioned you may need to tweak the file to make it usable by IDA. You can write a script to do that.
    – NirIzr
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 14:52
  • I managed to get first scenario to work using tilib. What changes would I need to make to the header file to get the second scenario to work, i.e. apply function signatures to the library file?
    – pandasauce
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 16:09

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