IDA Pro can automatically download and load .pdb files from symbol server. And now I want to write an IDAPython plugin to obtain some data from the .pdb file.

But I don't know how to get the file path of the already loaded .pdb file.
Can I get it using IDAPython?

  • iirc the pdb file name is printed in the header information scroll to the top and look
    – blabb
    Dec 13, 2021 at 17:01

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i just checked idafree 76 and i dont see an idc function to get the pdb file name
but as i commented it is printed in the header you can copy paste it

.text:0000000140001000 ; Alignment     : default
.text:0000000140001000 ; PDB File Name : C:\xx\Desktop\mulcall\mcall.pdb

or you can search text for string(".pdb") path is normally available in .rdata section IMAGE_DEBUG_DIRECTORY

using idc function like as below

auto cline;
cline = find_text(MinEA()+0x1000,1,0,0,".PDB");
Message("%x\t%s\n" , cline , get_curline());

which should yield

14000206c .rdata:000000014000206C text "UTF-8",'C:\xxx\Desktop\mulcall\mcall.pdb',0 ; PdbFileName

be aware this is from debug directory and may not be correct in malwares , stripped , public , etc , manipulated binaries

for example a public pdb might return

1802420f0   .rdata:00000001802420F0   text "UTF-8", 'kernelbase.pdb',0 ; PdbFileName

in such cases like public pdbs of ms binaries best option is to use dumpbin /pdbpath

dumpbin /pdbpath c:\Windows\System32\KernelBase.dll

Dump of file c:\Windows\System32\KernelBase.dll

File Type: DLL
  PDB file found at 'f:\symbols\kernelbase.pdb\993F0EEA8C3C260F6D52724A7CA166601\kernelbase.pdb'
  • It's a good idea
    – Ox9A82
    Dec 14, 2021 at 7:56

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