objdump [opts] <elf>
    -M intel                use intil syntax
    -d                      disassemble text section
    -D                      disassemble all sections
    -S                      mix disassembly with source code
    -C                      demangle
    -j <section>            display info for section
    --[no-]show-raw-insn    [dont] show object code next to disassembly

Disassemble section

For example .plt section:

  objdump -j .plt -d <elf>

Example: disassemble raw binary

This can be helpful for example as a cheap analysis tool when toying with JIT generating code. We could just write thee binary code buffer to a file and disassemble with objdump.

To re-create that case, we just assemble and link some ELF file and then create a raw binary of the text section with objcopy.

# file: test.s
.section .text, "ax"

.global _start
    xor %rax, %rax
    mov $0x8, %rax
    cmp $0, %rax
    je 2f
    dec %rax
    jmp 1b
    # x86-64 exit(2) syscall
    mov $0, %rdi
    mov $60, %rax
# Assemble & link.
as -o test.o test.s
ld -o test test.o testc.o
# ELF -> binary (only take .text section).
objcopy -O binary --only-section .text test test-bin

# Disassemble raw binary.
objdump -D -b binary -m i386:x86-64 test-bin