RegInfo is a registry parser which can analyze either online or offline registry files.

Online analysis uses the MFT parser and therefore allows enumeration of registry hives without the need to either rely on APIs or be able to open the registry hive file itself. This allows the collection of registry related information by simply opening the volume (or physical drive, dd image, VSS snapshot).

This analysis works in two steps: file system parsing and hive parsing.

For file system parsing, RegInfo is based on the same parser capabilities as GetThis and FastFind. That gives the tool unique capabilities to evade hiding techniques such as API hooking techniques, registry permissions, and sharing or permission issues.

The parsing of hive files is then accomplished by a parser which only rely on the C++ standard API. This allows independence from third party library, permits cross platform and precise control of the output of the tool.

Offline analysis only uses this second step (hive parsing) to inspect registry hives retrieved by other tools (e.g. GetThis).


RegInfo produces 2 kinds of files:

  • one or more CSV file which contains the result of the different searches (one file for each hive),

  • a variable number of .ddmp files which contain data for values, whose size exceeds a certain threshold (512 bytes).

Each CSV file can contain the following registry related information:




Computer name


Name of the template associated with the query if any


Criteria used to match result


Last modification date of the registry key


Key name


Key path


Value name


Value type


Size of value


Flag of value (explained below)


Value data when possible


File where the data was dumped


The ValueData field contains only the first 512 bytes of the actual data. If the data size exceed this limit, a .ddmp file which contains the entire data is dumped alongside the CSV file.

Most of the CSV output file columns are self explanatory but some of them need to be detailed.

  • SearchTerm: This column represent the type of query that matched the current result. The value displayed is the combination of values associated with registry_find element attributes.

  • ValueFlag: This column can take four different values:
    • VALUE_PRESENT: the data associated with the value is present in the CSV file in the ValueData column.

    • VALUE_NOTINHIVE: the data associated with the value has a size but is not present in the hive. This can happen if the registry was not flushed before dumping a hive.

    • VALUE_HASBADCHARS: the data associated with the value contains non-printable characters. The data is not written in the CSV file but in a separate file. The full path of this file is written in the ValueDumpFile column.

    • VALUE_DUMPFILE: the data associated with the value was too long to be written in the CSV file. It is instead written in a separate file. The full path of this file is written in the ValueDumpFile column.

As for every tool, an output for logging is also available from the command line. The syntax can be found in Configuring Console Output.


When called from the command line, the syntax of RegInfo looks like the following:

DFIR-Orc.exe RegInfo /config=reginfo_config.xml /out=reginfo_output.csv

/config=<Path> Option

optional=no, default=N/A

Takes an XML configuration file as argument.

RegInfo is intended to be used with an XML configuration file. A typical RegInfo configuration file looks like:


    <output encoding="UTF16">d:\test</output>

    <!-- Fields to be included inside the result file -->

    <!-- Locations to be parsed (MFT parser) -->

    <!-- A search query -->
        <!-- FileFind like criteria on hive -->
        <ntfs_find name="SYSTEM" />
        <!-- Search query criteria -->
        <registry_find key_path_regex="\\ControlSet001\\Services\\[^\\]*" value_regex=".*"/>

    <!-- Another search query -->
        <!-- Path to an offline hive -->

        <!-- Search query criterias -->
        <registry_find key="CurrentVersion" value="CurrentMajorVersionNumber" data_hex="0000000a"/>



Hive files can also be specified on command line for offline registry hives. Online hives (locked by NTFS) must be located via the MFT parser (i.e. location and ntfs_find).

reginfo Element

optional=no, default=N/A

Root element.

output Element, /out=<Path> Option

optional=no, default=N/A

The value must be a directory (already existing or not), a CSV file or a TSV file in which the tool will generate the results. This element can also be specified from the command line with the /out option. For details on the syntax, please refer to the output documentation.

Attribute encoding allows to specify output encoding. Possible values are UTF8 or UTF16 (case-insensitive). Encoding can also be specified with /utf8 and /utf16 options.

information Element

optional=no, default=N/A

Selects the columns to fill in the CSV output.

location Element

optional=no, default=N/A

When configuring to use the MFT parser, RegInfo can locate registry hives on a specific volume. For this purpose, one can use any syntax described in Configuring Locations.

hive Element

optional=no, default=N/A

Encloses a query. One can configure different queries on different hives inside the same configuration file.

It is highly recommended to run RegInfo with a complete set of queries for better performance, especially when using the MFT parser.

filename Element

optional=yes, default=N/A

Used to directly specify the full path of a registry hive. This must only be used with offline hives.

template Element

optional=yes, default=N/A

In order to simplify both capitalization and usage, RegInfo provides a way to template search queries. “Templated” queries are in the form of XML files and can be included in any hive tag via the template element.

This element has two attributes :

  • name (optional=no, default=N/A):

    Name that identify the template (it is displayed in the CSV file.)

  • location (optional=no, default=”no”):

    Path to the template file.

A standard template file typically looks like :


    <!-- Query terms -->
    <registry_find key="Run" />
    <registry_find key="RunOnce" value_regex=".*" />


The syntax used inside the element registry_find is the same as the one explained previously in registry related elements.

ntfs_find or ntfs_exclude Element

optional=no, default=N/A

Used to specify a set of rules which matches the hive in each previously specified location. For details on the <ntfs_find> element syntax, please refer to the ntfs_find documentation.

registry_find Element

optional=no, default=N/A

The registry_find element is used to specify a rule on which to match a registry key, value or data. There are different types of rules which can be combined (logical AND) to obtain the desired criteria. Just like for ntfs_find, each rule is specified as an attribute of registry_find.

Here is a list and a short description of those attributes:

Attribute name



Short name of the key (exact match)


Short name of the key (regular expression match)


Full tree key name (exact match)


Full tree key name (regular expression match)


Value name (exact match)


Value name (regular expression match)


Match on value type (see table below)


Match on data content, attribute value is considered as a string (exact match)


Match on data content, attribute value is a hexadecimal string either taken as is (to match DWORD or QWORD) or interpreted as binary data (exact match)


Match on data content, attribute value is considered as a string (regular expression match)


Match on data size (exact match)


Match if data size is greater than


Match if data size is greater than or equal


Match if size is lower than


Match if size is lower than or equal


Match a pattern, attribute value is a string (case-sensitive)


Match a pattern, attribute value is a hexadecimal string interpreted as binary data (case-sensitive)

The value_type attribute can only take one of the following values:


  • REG_SZ













Matching method on data depends on the type of data:

  • If registry data is of type REG_SZ or REG_EXPAND_SZ the input value in data or data_regex is transformed into a Unicode string. The same happen with REG_MULTI_SZ, but in this case, the input value is tested against each string of the multi sz.

  • The input for data_hex must be a valid hexadecimal string (no specific prefix is needed, yet one can still prefix the string with 0x). The input is transformed into raw binary and compared to the content of the data in all cases, except for REG_DWORD* and REG_QWORD. In those cases, the input is transformed into a DWORD or a QWORD in the correct endianness and then compared.

  • If data_contains is used to match against data of type REG_SZ, REG_MULTI_SZ or REG_EXPAND_SZ, the input is transformed into a Unicode string. In any other cases, it will be considered as ANSI string.

  • When data_contains_hex is used, the input is transformed into raw binary and directly compared to the data content despite its type. This implies that it cannot be used to match REG_DWORD* and REG_QWORD.

  • All string comparisons and regex matchings are case-insensitive except for pattern matching (data_contains*) which is case-sensitive.

Some additional usage recommendations:

  • Exact matches are always faster than regex matches. Exact matches should always be preferred when possible (even if less compact than regex matches).

  • Regex matches use ECMAScript syntax and all DOS-like pattern syntax is forbidden (thus * is invalid, .* should be used instead).

  • When searching for a fixed pattern to find inside a data, the usage of data_contains or data_contains_hex is to be preferred in place of data_regex. They are faster as they use BoyerMoore algorithm instead of regex matching.

  • Matching (regex or exact) only on key name/key path only returns the key name and its full path. To retrieve associated values and/or data, one should specify either a value or a data rule (one rule is sufficient to retrieve both the values and data). For instance:

    <registry_find key_path_regex="\\ControlSet001\\Services\\[^\\]*" value_regex=".*"/>

    This example retrieves every value and data under a direct subkey of \\ControlSet001\\Services\\.