These instructions have all been tested on Debian jessie systems only. Patches and hints for other distributions are welcome!

Build requirements

Frida requires the following packages for building

  • cmake
  • pkg-config
  • LLVM 3.5
  • Qt5 (5.2 or newer preferred)
  • QuaZIP
  • log4cxx
  • guile-2.0
  • google-mock
  • swig
  • Boost (signals2)
  • libedit (through LLVM)

On a debian (jessie) system this works with the following command:

apt install cmake pkg-config llvm-3.5-dev libquazip-qt5-dev liblog4cxx10-dev qtbase5-dev guile-2.0-dev google-mock swig libboost-dev libedit-dev

Note that version 3.5 of LLVM is required.


I would recommend an out-of tree build which works as follows

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
make -j

Which should generate you a frida binary. If you don’t want to install gmoch/gtest you need to remove the stanzas from CMakeList and not run the tests.


If you want to run frida from the build directory instead of installing it, you need to export LD_LIBRARY_PATH pointing to your build directory so frida can find it’s plugins and shared libraries. Run it like

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=`pwd`/build