# Introduction¶

Even with books like Alexander Hanel’s The Beginner’s Guide to IDAPython, writing IDA scripts still remains a daunting task. The need to dive into the IDA SDK’s header files (all 54 of them), read idaapi.py, idc.py and idautils.py, and preferably some existing plugins as well, wards off many researchers and keeps the script & plugin writing community small.

Being a researcher myself, I wanted to make scripting IDA a bit easier and more intuitive. I wanted to spend the majority of my (scripting) time writing code (be it in a code editor or an interactive shell) and not reading someone else’s (I prefer spending my reading efforts on assembly.) So I created Sark.

Sark, (named after the notorious Tron villain,) is an object-oriented scripting layer written on top of IDAPython to provide ease of use, as well as additional tools for writing advanced scripts and plugins.

This tutorial will show you the basics of Sark, to get you started right away.