Last updated on November 28, 2020 by Dan Nanni
You can use the following methods to identiy which shared librariies a given program executable (e.g.,
/path/to/program) or a given running process (e.g., PID
1149) depends on.
To find out what libraries a particular executable depends on, you can use
ldd command. This command invokes dynamic linker to find out library dependencies of an executable.
$ ldd /path/to/program
Note that it is not recommended to run
ldd with any untrusted third-party executable because some versions of
ldd may directly invoke the executable to identify its library dependencies, which can be security risk.
Instead, a safer way to show library dependencies of an unknown application binary is to use the following command.
$ objdump -p /path/to/program | grep NEEDED
If you want to find out what shared libraries are loaded by a running process, you can use
pldd command, which shows all shared objects loaded into a process at run-time.
$ sudo pldd <PID>
Note that you need root privilege to run
Alternatively, a command line utility called
pmap, which reports memory map of a process, can also show shared library dependencies of a running process.
$ sudo pmap <PID>
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