Reads a value from the registry.

RegRead, OutputVar, RootKey\SubKey [, ValueName]  ; Requires [v1.1.21+]
RegRead, OutputVar, RootKey, SubKey [, ValueName]



The name of the variable in which to store the retrieved value. If the value cannot be retrieved, the variable is made blank and ErrorLevel is set to 1.


Must be either HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_USERS, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, or HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG (or the abbreviations for each of these, such as HKLM). To access a remote registry, prepend the computer name and a colon (or [in v1.1.21+] a slash), as in this example: \\workstation01:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE


The name of the subkey (e.g. Software\SomeApplication).

RootKey\SubKey [v1.1.21+]

If RootKey is followed immediately by a slash (\), RootKey and SubKey are merged into a single parameter.


The name of the value to retrieve. If omitted, Subkey's default value will be retrieved, which is the value displayed as "(Default)" by RegEdit. If there is no default value (that is, if RegEdit displays "value not set"), OutputVar is made blank and ErrorLevel is set to 1.


[v1.1.04+]: This command is able to throw an exception on failure. For more information, see Runtime Errors.

ErrorLevel is set to 1 if there was a problem (such as a nonexistent key or value) or 0 otherwise.

A_LastError is set to the result of the operating system's GetLastError() function.


Currently only the following value types are supported: REG_SZ, REG_EXPAND_SZ, REG_MULTI_SZ, REG_DWORD, and REG_BINARY.

REG_DWORD values are always expressed as positive decimal numbers.

When reading a REG_BINARY key the result is a string of hex characters. For example, the REG_BINARY value of 01,a9,ff,77 will be read as the string 01A9FF77.

When reading a REG_MULTI_SZ key, each of the components ends in a linefeed character (`n). If there are no components, OutputVar will be made blank. See FileSelectFile for an example of how to extract the individual components from OutputVar.

[v1.1.10.01+]: REG_BINARY values larger than 64K can also be read.

To retrieve and operate upon multiple registry keys or values, consider using a registry-loop.

For details about how to access the registry of a remote computer, see the remarks in registry-loop.

To read and write entries from the 64-bit sections of the registry in a 32-bit script or vice versa, use SetRegView.


RegDelete, RegWrite, Registry-loop, SetRegView, IniRead


; Example: Retrieve the path of the Program Files directory.

; The line below ensures that the path of the 64-bit Program Files
; directory is returned if the OS is 64-bit and the script is not.
SetRegView 64  ; Requires [v1.1.08+]

RegRead, OutputVar, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion, ProgramFilesDir
MsgBox, Program files are in: %OutputVar%

; Alternative syntax [requires v1.1.21+]:
RegRead, OutputVar, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion, ProgramFilesDir
MsgBox, Program files are in: %OutputVar%

; Another way to retrieve the path of the Program Files directory:
EnvGet OutputVar, % A_Is64bitOS ? "ProgramW6432" : "ProgramFiles"
MsgBox, Program files are in: %OutputVar%


; The following example retrieves  the TYPE of a registry value (e.g. REG_SZ or REG_DWORD).
MsgBox % RegKeyType("HKCU", "Environment", "TEMP")

RegKeyType(RootKey, SubKey, ValueName)  ; This function returns the type of the specified value.
    Loop, %RootKey%, %SubKey%
        if (A_LoopRegName = ValueName)
            return A_LoopRegType
    return "Error"