Discuss IDA Pro vs Alternatives (x64dbg)

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Adelphius

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Every one on this forum seems to be very fond of IDA Pro and for good reason, it is a very powerful debugging tool.
As I am still in the learning process, and being that IDA is not free software (free and open source) I looked into some other solutions and found x64dgb.
What do people that have used x64dbg think of it? Is it a good alternative to IDA Pro? It seems to have many shared features and possibly some more (I'm not fully familiar with the feature list of IDA Pro).

I also looked into Hopper, but it's a debugger for linux and osx and I figure most of use here are debugging on windows.

PS Sorry if this has been asked before. I did a quick search and didn't find anything.
 

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I have both x64dbg and ida pro. I actually prefer using dbg if I am doing stuff related to pure assembly. I use IDA pro for it's decompiler to better understand huge/complex functions in C
 
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I don't make much use of IDA's debugger... but to answer your question I use em both and love em both lol.
x64dbg is an AMAZING debugger and IDA is THE disassembler of choice.

x64dbg also includes a "convert to C-code" option or some shit but I find it much harder to analyze the IDA's decompiled output.
 
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Debuggers are not an IDA alternative. If you want a free open source alternative, look into radare/radare2.

However, in the realm of pure static reverse engineering, IDA is still a unique tool that should be in everyone's toolkit if applicable.
 
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