Steve Nygard


This is a command-line utility for examining the Objective-C runtime information stored in Mach-O files. It generates declarations for the classes, categories and protocols. This is the same information provided by using ‘otool -ov’, but presented as normal Objective-C declarations, so it is much more compact and readable.

Why use class-dump?

It’s a great tool for the curious. You can look at the design of closed source applications, frameworks, and bundles. Watch the interfaces evolve between releases. Experiment with private frameworks, or see what private goodies are hiding in the AppKit. Learn about the plugin API lurking in


Current version: 3.5 (64 bit Intel)
Requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

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class-dump 3.5 (64 bit)
Usage: class-dump [options] <mach-o-file>

  where options are:
        -a             show instance variable offsets
        -A             show implementation addresses
        --arch <arch>  choose a specific architecture from a universal binary (ppc, ppc64, i386, x86_64)
        -C <regex>     only display classes matching regular expression
        -f <str>       find string in method name
        -H             generate header files in current directory, or directory specified with -o
        -I             sort classes, categories, and protocols by inheritance (overrides -s)
        -o <dir>       output directory used for -H
        -r             recursively expand frameworks and fixed VM shared libraries
        -s             sort classes and categories by name
        -S             sort methods by name
        -t             suppress header in output, for testing
        --list-arches  list the arches in the file, then exit
        --sdk-ios      specify iOS SDK version (will look in /Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS<version>.sdk
        --sdk-mac      specify Mac OS X version (will look in /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX<version>.sdk
        --sdk-root     specify the full SDK root path (or use --sdk-ios/--sdk-mac for a shortcut)


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.