looklink / README.rst

CReparsePoint and looklink

Author: Oliver Schneider


CReparsePoint is a C++ utility class without dependencies to the STL, MFC, ATL or some such. It allows you to retrieve all the data stored inside reparse points, the mechanism underlying junction points since Windows 2000 and symbolic links (both for files and directories) since Windows Vista.

looklink is a simple tool to investigate reparse point properties from the command line.


No installation required. Download the binaries (32 and 64bit) from my website. Use an archiver to unpack the archive, I recommend 7zip, and then place the .exe files into a folder listed in your PATH environment variable.

As for the utility class all you need is to place the files ReparsePoint.h and VerySimpleBuf.h into your project, #include the former and you should be set to use CReparsePoint.


The program should run on Windows 2000 and later. Itanium CPUs are not supported, but feel free to build that yourself, if needed.

The CReparsePoint class should work starting on Windows 2000, too.



looklink [--nologo] [--verbose] <path>
  • --nologo will prevent showing all the information about the tool iself.
  • --verbose will add some details to the output, including the file ID on NTFS.


The tools and the classes are placed into the PUBLIC DOMAIN (CC0).