I'm working on reverse engineering a firmware which I was able to get its functions control flow graphs to display successfully on Ghidra. I am trying to see if there is a way to save those control flow graphs as a text file or something parse able so that I can write a parser for it and use it in my program (I want to recreate the graph programmatically to train my program to detect certain functions). Thank you!

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You can do this using [headless analyser] (https://ghidra.re/ghidra_docs/analyzeHeadlessREADME.html#recursive) script.

Check out it's usage here. You can find this file in ghidhra/support directory.

The ghidra api is available here. You can use this api to write custom scripts, either in java or python 2.7.

Then you can do:

./analyzeHeadless /projectloacation projectname -import /binary_location -postscript /yourscript-location -deleteproject

To run your analysis. This command runs your script on binary by creating a new project and then deleting it later (-deleteproject flag, which is optional).

You can find a lot of examples in their github repository. e.g. script.

As you said in your question, if you want to work with functions, you can:

functions = currentProgram.getFunctionManager().getFunctions(True)

get the list of functions (in python, changed the syntax if you are using java).

  • If I may ask, how do you import the API into eclipse or a development environment of the sort?
    – Sparval
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 17:58
  • I am not sure about eclipse, because I used python. My take on this is - read the api, write a code in java, and then use the above command to run the code.
    – R4444
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 19:00
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    here is an example "hello world" script that you can run - github.com/DiegoMagdaIeno/Ghidra-Launcher/blob/…
    – R4444
    Commented Jul 18, 2019 at 19:03

After a few days of trial and error I figured out something called GhidraDev which is an add-on to eclipse, through it you can create your own Ghidra projects and use the API with ease. Instructions on how to install it into eclipse can be found in ghidra_9.0.4 -> Extensions -> Eclipse -> GhidraDev -> GhidraDev_README.html.

Ghidra can be downloaded here: https://ghidra-sre.org/

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