Is it possible to decompile compiled Visual Basic programs?
Thursday 21 April 2005 11:37 AM
vb6 exe decompile
I assure you I am not a hacker. I had my laptop stolen on monday with the source code for two vb6 projects I have been working on (no backup, my
I came across your entries on the web regarding extracting exe files back to vb6 source code.
Do you have a copy of the extraction program and if so, could you send me a copy ??
It would be much appreciated.
Answer by Martin Allen:
The short answer is no. Unfortunately there is no way of retrieving
Visual Basic 6.0 source code from a compiled program. This quote
from my old forum explains that it maybe possible if the program is compiled
"yeah you can decompile vb 1 - 3 apps as they just used P-Code now we
all compile to Native Code, which means it is no long interpreted. Thus
decompiling is impossible unless you convert it to asm and hatch up some nasty
nasty Vb code from that. The moral being don't compile to P-Code."
Beauty Of Baud on Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 16:58
There is a programs available such as VB RezQ, which extract the structure of
the program, but as mentioned above, it is not possible to extract the source
"Note: VB RezQ produces empty subroutines - it does not recover the
Basic code within events, functions and subroutines."
Another thread from my old forum might be of interest: decompiler.
Message 8 by Ruturaj explains more about VB RezQ and the moral implications of a
"Guys , don't expect the Decompiler of VB. I hope it will never come
in existance. After all I'm also a VB programmer and programming to earn
money. I don't want such tools in market to get my source code out of my Exe.
If you want it to Crack the software ... please don't do it and respect
others and their hard work.
If you want it because you've lost the source code ... forget about it and
start working on new one ... and from today onwards ... don't forget to take
BACKUP of your work every day ! ;)"