How to Access Linux Files from Windows

How to access your Linux files from Windows. The following process covers methods that can be used to read a Linux ext2 or ext3 partition from Windows. This is useful when you have files on your Linux system you want to share with Windows.

Perhaps you dual boot Windows and Linux on your machine? Moreover, maybe you have some mp3’s, Videos, Favorites, e-Mail and more you would like to have access to from both operating environments? You do not have to shut down Windows and then boot into Linux to use those Linux files! You just need an ext2/ext3 Linux filesystem driver for Windows.

Accessing files on a Linux partition in Windows

Accessing files on a Linux partition from Windows is relatively easy to accomplish by using a Free utility called Explore2fs. Explore2fs is a GUI explorer tool for accessing ext2 and ext3 filesystems. It runs under all versions of Windows and can read almost any ext2 and ext3 filesystem.

Explore2fs shown reading a Linux filesystem (From Windows)

Access Linux files from Windows with explore2fs

Installing the software.

Explore2fs Home Page: Explore2fs

  1. Download and install Explore2fs – WIN32 explorer for Linux ext2fs partitions.
  2. Then, reboot to allow the changes to take effect.

Ext2 and Ext3 Read and Write access from Windows

Alternately, to gain complete read-write access to Linux files and directories of volumes using Ext2 or Ext3 file systems, you could use the following tool.

Ext2 IFS (Installable File System) for Windows

This tool offers full read and write access to Linux Ext2 volumes and filesystems.

Ext2 IFS Home Page: Ext2 IFS

How to allow read and write access to Ext2 and Ext3 partitions from Windows.

  1. Download and install Ext2 IFS.
  2. Then reboot to allow the changes to take effect.

Update: Another tool, called Ext2Fsd is my personal favorite Windows Ext2, Ext3 Read/Write Access tool. It comes with a few extra features. You can learn more about this tool from the Access Linux Files from Windows post.