"Martin v. Löwis" martin at
Wed Aug 22 21:30:57 CEST 2007

> I am trying to figure out how to use msilib to extract the registry
> information from an MSI file and I really could use a good example of
> how that is accomplished or even just an example using msilib in
> general. Does anybody happen to know of an example for this as I wasn't
> able to find one? If there isn't one, would anybody be willing to throw
> one together?

You need to look at the Registry table, whose structure is described here:

In particular, the fields you need to look at are Key, Name,
and Value. Notice that Value is Formatted, so you may have to
expand the formatting first (looking at further tables possibly).

The rough sequence of actions would be

db = msilib.OpenDatabase(path, MSIDBOPEN_READONLY)
view = db.OpenView("SELECT Key, Name, Value FROM Registry")
while True:
  record = view.Fetch()
  if not record: break
  print record.GetString(1), record.GetString(2), record.GetString(3)

Unfortunately, GetString is not implemented yet, so it might be that
what you want to do is not possible yet.


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