Last time I coded peinfo, https://github.com/angeleno/peinfo to get information from a PE file. It listed the guid for pdb file generated alongwith. This is helpful as it is, but at times you have pdb file and want to query it’s guid.

I did not find anything handy for it, thus ended up coding one myself. Here the Debug Interface Access SDK is of great help.

The idea is pretty simple and straight foward:

  1. Load PDB as DataSource, IDiaDataSource::LoadDataFromPdb (Line#72)
  2. Open Session, IDiaDataSource::openSession (Line#76)
  3. Get GlobalScope, IDiaSession::get_global_scope (Line#80)
  4. Get GUID, IDiaSymbol::get_guid (Line#84)

#include <atlbase.h>
#include <dia2.h>

#include <exception>
#include <iostream>
#include <string>

static void Fatal(const char* msg)
    std::cout << msg << std::endl;
    throw std::exception(msg);

class ComInitializer
        HRESULT hr = CoInitialize(NULL);
        m_initialized = SUCCEEDED(hr);
    bool IsInitialized() const
        return m_initialized;
    bool m_initialized{false};

//  https://stackoverflow.com/a/22848342/916549
static std::string ToString(GUID* guid) 
    char guid_string[37]; // 32 hex chars + 4 hyphens + null terminator
    snprintf(guid_string, sizeof(guid_string) / sizeof(guid_string[0]),
             guid->Data1, guid->Data2, guid->Data3,
             guid->Data4[0], guid->Data4[1], guid->Data4[2],
             guid->Data4[3], guid->Data4[4], guid->Data4[5],
             guid->Data4[6], guid->Data4[7]);
    return guid_string;

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
    if (argc != 2)
        Fatal("invalid #arguments passed, 1 arg expected");

    ComInitializer initializer;
    if (initializer.IsInitialized())
        CComPtr<IDiaDataSource> pSource;
        HRESULT hr;
        hr = CoCreateInstance(CLSID_DiaSource, NULL, CLSCTX_INPROC_SERVER, 
                              __uuidof(IDiaDataSource), (void**)&pSource);

        wchar_t wszFilename[_MAX_PATH];
        mbstowcs(wszFilename, argv[1], _MAX_PATH);
        if (FAILED(pSource->loadDataFromPdb(wszFilename)))
            Fatal("loadDataFromPdb failed");

        CComPtr<IDiaSession> pSession;
        if (FAILED(pSource->openSession(&pSession)))
            Fatal("failed to open Session");

        CComPtr<IDiaSymbol> pSymbol;
        if (FAILED(pSession->get_globalScope(&pSymbol)))
            Fatal("failed to get globalScope");

        GUID pdbGuid;
        if (FAILED(pSymbol->get_guid(&pdbGuid)))
            Fatal("failed to get guid");
        OLECHAR szGUID[64] = { 0 };
        StringFromGUID2(pdbGuid, szGUID, 64);
        std::cout << "PDB file: " << argv[1] << std::endl;
        std::cout << "GUID is: " << ToString(&pdbGuid) << std::endl;
    return 0;

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