How to extract files from System.img

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These are instructions on how to extract files from the system.img (found in MTK based android stock Rom or Custom Rom) or from any .img file using ext4 tool on Windows Computer.

Extract files from System.img found in Android Rom

  1. Download and extract Ext4 Unpacker tool on your Windows Computer. After Extracting you will be able to see the following files:
  2. Ext4unpacker Files

  3. Download and extract ext2explore tool on your Windows Computer. After Extracting you will be able to see the following files:
  4. ext2explore files

  5. Download and extract the MTK based ROM (For Example: download micromax a200 firmware which contains system.img file) on your computer (If you have already downloaded and extracted the ROM on your computer then SKIP this step).


  6. Now, Open Ext4_Unpacker.exe (found in the files you have downloaded in Step#1).
  7. Once Ext4_Unpacker.exe is launched, click on the folder icon and locate the System.img file or any .img file you want to extract.

    Ext4 Unpacker

    Ext4 Unpacker Select System

  8. Once Image file is loaded, click on the the Save as Ext4 button.

    Ext4 Unpacker Save Ext4

  9. Now, choose the location where you want to save the .ext4 file (example: save it to the desktop) and then press Save button.

    Ext4 Unpacker Save Location

  10. Now, you have to wait for few minutes while the ext4 image is being unpacked.

    Ext4 Unpacker Extracting

  11. Now, Open ext2explore (extracted in Step#2) and select the .ext4 file that you have saved on the desktop.

    Ext2explore Open Image

    Ext2explore Select Ext4 File

    Step 10: Now, highlight the file you just have imported in EXT2Explore and then press the “Save” button.

    Ext2explore Highlight Ext4 File

    Ext2explore Save

    Step 11: Select where you want the unpacked system files to be placed.

    Ext2explore Save Location

    Step 12: After that Ext2explore will extract the system files on your computer (it may take couple of minutes to complete).

    Ext2explore Extracting

    Congratulations, you have successfully extracted the system.img file on your computer.


    [*] You can find system.img file in the MTK based android firmware. We have already shared lots of firmware on, many of them are MTK based.

    [*] Alternative Method: You can also use MTK Extractor to extract the contents of system.img, boot.img, recovery.img file.

    [*] Credits: EXT4 unpacker tool is created by oleslie, Ext2Read is created by regmi_manish. Full credits goes to them for creating the tool.