Ext2read Download Page

Ext2Read is an explorer like utility to explore ext2/ext3/ext4 files. It now supports Linux LVM2. It can be used to view and copy files and folders. It can recursively copy entire folders. It can also be used to view and copy disk and file system images.

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New Binaries has been released with some bug fixes. If u find any problems/bugs, pleae let me know.

Sources are now also available in github: http://github.com/mregmi/ext2read



Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ext2read 2.1 released

we are pleased to announce a new version of our ext2read project
which we created 6 years ago. we were motivated to redsign and rework the project after i installed
the new ubuntu karmic. By default it used Ext4 file system with Extent feature enabled. we could not find any tools to read ext4 filesystems from windows . So we went ahead and wrote this program.

Simple UI designed using QT4.
View/Read Ext2/3/4 partitions.
Recursively Copy the entire folder or even /
Support for external USB disks.
Support for disk and filesystem  images. For eg. Wubi users can just
open their root.disk file through this program.
LRU based Block cache for faster access.

 If you find any bugs, have any questions or comments. Please let us know.

The executables and sources can be downloaded from http://ext2read.sf.net

If any of you are interested in joing this project, you can join the
mailing list and discuss. Join from here

Enjoy reading your files.

NOTE: This program must be run as Administrator. right click the file
and select run as Administrator.

This is not a transparent file system driver jusr a user space tool.


  1. Hey, thanks for this. I've been looking for a way to read my ext4 partition from Windows. However, I can't seem to get this to work properly. When I run it, it asked for mingwm10.dll. I install MinGW, and now when I put ext2explore in MinGW/bin, it asks for libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll. Is there something I'm missing to get this to run? I'm trying this in Windows 7.

  2. Sorry, I posted that prematurely. I install Qt, and I can get it to run. Is there a short tutorial on how to use it anywhere?

  3. oops. it was supposed to be static build. There seems to be unwanted dependency to mingw runtime. I will fix this tonight and re-release the binaries.
    Thanks for pointing it out.

  4. The dependency problem has been fixed. now, just the single executable works.

    The program is pretty straightforward to use. use it just like explorer.
    * double click to go inside the folder.
    * right click and select properties to view file properties.
    * right click and select copy to copy file or folder.


  5. Hello manish, Ext2Read(aka Ext2Explore) is a cool program, but i found out that, I've a HDD with one Ext3 and other Ext4 partitions, but it detects only Ext3 partition, and if i do ReScan the application hangs. Can u please tell me y and fix it?

  6. hi, ya i am aware of the random hangs but i am unable to find the real cause. But i am working on it. Can you show me your log file please. and use the latest release. Thanks.