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After setting up a home lab and installing the latest IDA 7.0 freeware, I don't see the debugger submenu I was expecting -- I've only used it in an academic setting before and it came pre-configured for me.

Is the debugger a separate add-in that I need to install/enable?

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The freeware version comes without such features as a debugger. According to the freeware page on Hex-Rays site:

The freeware version of IDA v7.0 has the following limitations:

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  • lacks support for many processors, file formats, debugging etc...

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IDA freeware is now released with the debugging feature available since March 2019. The above quote no longer includes "debugging" on the free download page linked above.

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