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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:


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


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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