Does anybody have a suggestion for (non commercial) software to decompile "byte-code" Python (.pyc) files?

Everything I've found seems to break...


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What Python version you're decompiling? Py3k is not well supported, but there are quite a few decompilers for 2.x. One of the latest projects is this:


It runs on Python 2.7 but supports decompiling 2.5 to 2.7.

Note that some commercial projects has been known to use modified Python interpreters. Modifications can include:

  • bytecode files encryption
  • changed opcode values or additional opcodes
  • a heavily customized runtime (e.g. Stackless Python)

If you need to handle this, one approach is to convert non-standard bytecode to standard one and then use the usual decompilers (this apparently was used by the people from above project to decompile Dropbox code). Another is to change the decompiler to directly support the variations.


You might find pyREtic from Immunity to be useful. The presentation from BlackHat USA 2010 on pyREtic is here (YouTube).


Reverse Engineer Obfuscated Python Bytecode This toolkit allows you to take a object in memory back to source code, without needing access to the bytecode directly on disk. This can be useful if the applictions pyc's on disk are obfuscated in one of many ways.


I, of course, use uncompyle6. Disclaimer: I work on this project.

I've written at length about the uncompyle6 and pycdc here.

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    I did use this for a CTF, I am impressed by the quality of the code generated (for a simple pyc in my case). Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 10:24

For initial and rough Python bytecode disassembly, I would be using the Python standard library dis module: https://docs.python.org/2/library/dis.html


Here is what you're looking for, I just came across a fully working Python decompiler named "Easy Python Decompiler".


There is also an open-source Python (.pyc) decompiler, called Decompyle++

Decompyle++ aims to translate compiled Python byte-code back into valid and human-readable Python source code. While other projects have achieved this with varied success, Decompyle++ is unique in that it seeks to support byte-code from any version of Python.


I recommend uncompyle6. it can decompile pyc/pyo files and it is compatible with python 3

  1. pip install uncompyle6

  2. uncompyle6 FILE.pyc

  • Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement decompyle3.
    – bikalpa
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 5:21

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