Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (1)
ldd - print shared object dependencies
prints the shared objects (shared libraries) required by each program or
shared object specified on the command line.
An example of its use and output is the following:
$ ldd /bin/ls
libselinux.so.1 => /lib64/libselinux.so.1 (0x00007f87e5459000)
libcap.so.2 => /lib64/libcap.so.2 (0x00007f87e5254000)
libc.so.6 => /lib64/libc.so.6 (0x00007f87e4e92000)
libpcre.so.1 => /lib64/libpcre.so.1 (0x00007f87e4c22000)
libdl.so.2 => /lib64/libdl.so.2 (0x00007f87e4a1e000)
libattr.so.1 => /lib64/libattr.so.1 (0x00007f87e4817000)
libpthread.so.0 => /lib64/libpthread.so.0 (0x00007f87e45fa000)
In the usual case,
invokes the standard dynamic linker (see
environment variable set to 1.
This causes the dynamic linker to inspect the program's dynamic dependencies,
and find (according to the rules described in
and load the objects that satisfy those dependencies.
For each dependency,
displays the location of the matching object
and the (hexadecimal) address at which it is loaded.
shared dependencies are special; see
Be aware that in some circumstances
(e.g., where the program specifies an ELF interpreter other than
some versions of
may attempt to obtain the dependency information
by attempting to directly execute the program,
which may lead to the execution of whatever code is defined
in the program's ELF interpreter,
and perhaps to execution of the program itself.
(In glibc versions before 2.27,
implementation did this for example,
although most distributions provided a modified version that did not.)
Thus, you should
on an untrusted executable,
since this may result in the execution of arbitrary code.
A safer alternative when dealing with untrusted executables is:
$ objdump -p /path/to/program | grep NEEDED
Note, however, that this alternative shows only the direct dependencies
of the executable, while
shows the entire dependency tree of the executable.
Print the version number of
- -v, --verbose
Print all information, including, for example,
symbol versioning information.
- -u, --unused
Print unused direct dependencies.
(Since glibc 2.3.4.)
- -d, --data-relocs
Perform relocations and report any missing objects (ELF only).
- -r, --function-relocs
Perform relocations for both data objects and functions, and
report any missing objects or functions (ELF only).
does not work on a.out shared libraries.
does not work with some extremely old a.out programs which were
support was added to the compiler releases.
If you use
on one of these programs, the program will attempt to run with
= 0 and the results will be unpredictable.
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