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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:

  1. 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.
  2. If it's a multiple-string value, each string is printed on a separate line.
  3. 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), <http://libguestfs.org/>, virt-cat(1), virt-edit(1).


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

Referenced By

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

2024-06-19 hivex-1.3.23 Windows Registry