Linux Reader for Windows

Linux Reader is a Linux Ext Reader for Windows. It allows Windows to Read from Linux Filesystems such as Ext4, Ext3, Ext2. It supports reading from ReiserFS, HFS, HFS+, NTFS, FAT, and exFAT filesystems as well.

Linux Reader for Windows

 A Linux Filesystem Reader - Open Linux Files from Windows
DiskInternals Linux Reader is a free utility for Windows that allows users to access files from Linux partitions directly from the Windows environment. It supports various Linux file systems, including Ext2, Ext3, and Ext4. Key features include:

  • Read Only Access: Provides read only access to Linux file systems. This means you can view and copy files from Linux partitions but cannot modify or write back to them.
  • Support for Various File Systems: The tool may support multiple Linux file systems, allowing users to access data from different Linux distributions.
  • Explorer Like Interface: Offers an explorer like interface, making it familiar and easy to navigate for Windows users. Users can browse through folders and files on Linux partitions.
  • File Preview: The utility allows users to preview files before copying them. This is useful for quickly identifying and selecting the files you need.
  • File Extraction: Users can extract files from Linux partitions and copy them to their Windows system for further use or backup.
  • File Search: Includes a search feature that allows users to search for specific files or folders within the Linux file systems.
  • Linux Disk Image Creation: The software can create disk images of Linux partitions. This feature is helpful for creating backups or preserving the current state of a Linux file system.

This Linux file system viewer utilizes a familiar Explorer like interface to make it easy for the user to learn to navigate and use. Furthermore, the disk management tool can be made portable. Allowing you to bring it with you to run from removable media such as a flash drive.

With Windows ext4 support, I use this software to mount Ext4 partitions and open Linux files on Windows. You can also use the utility to mount vMware, VirtualPC, VirtualBox, and Parallels disk images, enabling you to read the contents of those disk images from Windows.

Additional Specifications

  • Extracted Size: 22.4MB
  • Website: Project Page
  • Author: DiskInternals
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP
  • License: Freeware

How to run Linux Reader from a USB flash drive

To run Linux Reader from a USB drive:

  1. Download Linux Reader
  2. Create a folder on your USB flash drive.
  3. Extract the contents of the .exe to the folder on you created (I used 7-Zip Portable for this).
  4. Click LinuxReader.exe from your flash drive to run the program.