Python-Save / Access file extension icons and use them in a Tkinter program


I'm currently trying to figure out how to create some code which will take the input of a file extension like '.png' and return the icon associated with that filetype on the system.

I'm using python 2.7.6 and using Windows 8. I've been looking for code for this for hours to things close to it by saving images from .exe files but not finding the file extension in the registry and saving it.

I have found some code that works and allows me to save the file as a bmp which basically works by using wxpython's icon to bitmap workings and saves the image as well. However, I would the code to simply not use wxpython since I'm using Tkinter to code the interface itself .

Here's the code that currently works (adapted slightly) from

import wx
from import shell, shellcon
from win32con import FILE_ATTRIBUTE_NORMAL

def extension_to_bitmap(extension):
    """dot is mandatory in extension"""

    flags = shellcon.SHGFI_SMALLICON | \
            shellcon.SHGFI_ICON | \

    retval, info = shell.SHGetFileInfo(extension,
    # non-zero on success
    assert retval

    hicon, iicon, attr, display_name, type_name = info

    # Get the bitmap
    icon = wx.EmptyIcon()
    return wx.BitmapFromIcon(icon)

root = wx.App()

bitmapFile = extension_to_bitmap(".png")

bitmapFile.SaveFile('test.bmp', wx.BITMAP_TYPE_BMP)

Any help is greatly appreciated!

I recently had to do a similar task, and I used the following (requires pywin32 and PIL or Pillow). Basically, you get the handle of the icon, and make a copy. This returns a PIL image. You can open the Icontemp.bmp using something else, if you want.

def icon32(PATH):
    SHGFI_ICON = 0x000000100
    SHGFI_ICONLOCATION = 0x000001000
    SHIL_EXTRALARGE = 0x00002
    hIcon, iIcon, dwAttr, name, typeName = info
    tempDirectory = os.getenv("temp")
    ico_x = win32api.GetSystemMetrics(win32con.SM_CXICON)
    #creating a destination memory DC
    hdc = win32ui.CreateDCFromHandle(win32gui.GetDC(0))
    hbmp = win32ui.CreateBitmap()
    hbmp.CreateCompatibleBitmap(hdc, ico_x, ico_x)
    hdc = hdc.CreateCompatibleDC()
    hdc.DrawIcon((0, 0), hIcon)
    hbmp.SaveBitmapFile(hdc, tempDirectory + "\Icontemp.bmp")
    icon = QIcon(tempDirectory + "\Icontemp.bmp")
    os.remove(tempDirectory + "\Icontemp.bmp")
    return icon