hivexget man page

hivexget — Get subkey from a Windows Registry binary "hive" file


 hivexget hivefile '\Path\To\SubKey'

 hivexget hivefile '\Path\To\SubKey' name


This is a low-level tool.  For a more convenient way to navigate the Windows Registry in Windows virtual machines, see virt-win-reg(1). For proper regedit formatting, use hivexregedit(1).


This program navigates through a Windows Registry binary "hive" file and extracts either all the (key, value) data pairs stored in that subkey or just the single named data item.

In the first form:

 hivexget hivefile '\Path\To\SubKey'

"hivefile" is some Windows Registry binary hive, and "\Path\To\Subkey" is a path within that hive.  NB the path is relative to the top of this hive, and is not the full path as you would use in Windows (eg. "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM" is not a valid path).

If the subkey exists, then the output lists all data pairs under this subkey, in a format similar to "regedit" in Windows.

In the second form:

 hivexget hivefile '\Path\To\SubKey' name

"hivefile" and path are as above.  "name" is the name of the value of interest (use "@" for the default value).

The corresponding data item is printed "raw" (ie. no processing or escaping) except:


If it's a string we will convert it from Windows UTF-16 to UTF-8, if this conversion is possible.  The string is printed with a single trailing newline.


If it's a multiple-string value, each string is printed on a separate line.


If it's a numeric value, it is printed as a decimal number.

See Also

hivex(3), hivexml(1), hivexsh(1), hivexregedit(1), virt-win-reg(1), guestfs(3), <>, virt-cat(1), virt-edit(1).


Richard W.M. Jones ("rjones at redhat dot com")

Referenced By

hivex(3), hivexml(1), hivexsh(1).

2012-04-10 hivex-1.3.18 Windows Registry