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All System Commands

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Clear Screen

Clear Screen
cls

Shortcuts

Tab
Autoco­mplete
arrow keys up/down
back/f­orward history commands
Control + C
stops current command
ALT + F7
clears the history
F7
shows the history

Directory Make & Remove

mkdir
subdir­ectory
creates new subdir­ectory
mkdir subdir­/su­bsubdir
creates subdir & subdir­/su­bsubdir
Hint: creates it, if they aren't existing
rmdir
removes an empty dir
rmdir /s directory
removes directory with content
rmdir /s /q directory
removes directory with content & skips y/n question

Directory copy

copy src dst
copy files
copy /Y src dest
copy files overwrites with­out quesiton
xcopy /s src dest
copies dirs and subdirs except empty ones
xcopy /YS src dest
as above with­out ask to overwrite
xcopy /YS src \\serv­er­\share
copy to network share
robocopy /S src dest
copies dirs and subdirs except empty ones
robocopy /YS src dest
as above without ask to overwrite

Parameters

%0
Name of Script
%1 ... %9
Parameter 1 ... Parameter 9
%*
prints all parameters as a string
(one line)
for %%x in (%*) do echo %%x
access it through a for loop works with > 10 parameters

Pass Parameters to sub script

parame­ter­s_s­cri­pt.bat
@echo off
call parame­ter­s_s­ubs­cri­pt.bat %*
EXIT /B %error­level%
parame­ter­s_s­ubs­cri­pt.bat
@ECHO off
echo subscript called with %*
EXIT /B 0
EXIT /B specifies to exit the current batch scropt instead of cmd.exe. If executed from outside a batch script, it will quit cmd.exe

Arrays Way2

set array[0]=0
set array[1]=1
...
set value to a specific array element
echo %array[0]%
echo %array[1]%
access to array elements
missing loop over elements: indexed

Functions: label and goto

echo "Hi:"
goto :good
:bad
echo "I don't like scripting"
goto :eof
:good
echo "I like scripting"
goto :eof

Double­Cli­ckE­xec­ution

@ECHO off
setlocal

REM check for intera­ctive sesseion
SET intera­ctive=0
ECHO %CMDCM­DLINE% | FINDSTR /L %COMSPEC% >NUL 2>&1
IF %ERROR­LEVEL% EQ SET intera­ctive=1

ECHO do work

REM pause if intera­ctive (doubl­e-c­licked execution)
IF "­%in­era­cti­ve%­" == "­0" PAUSE
EXIT /B 0
FINDSTR /L is use search string literally
 

Navigation

realative
parent directory
cd .., cd..
 
subdir­ectory
cd subdir­ectoy
absolute
cd C:\Windows
 
cd \Windows
change drive
Z:

Wildcards

? (file?.txt)
one arbitary character
* ( *.bat)
arbitary characters (0,1 or more)

File Show

type file
show file content
more
show file content page­wise
sort file
show file content sorted

Directory show Content

current folder
dir
absolute path
dir C:\Windows
dir Y:
different drive
dir /B
only show file names and directory names

Batch Files User Input

@ echo off
set /P name="Input yor name: "
Syntax: set /P var=pr­ompt:
echo Hi %name%
variable call

Batch Files File Input

@echo off
echo Bill > file
echo Gate >> file
set /P fileco­ntent =< file
echo First Line: %filec­ontent%
set /P var=< file
FOR /f %%f in (file) Do (
echo %%f
)
REM print each line in file

Variables

setlocal
set MY_ENV=abc
endlocal
Only active in the current batch file (local)
set MY_ENV=abc
creates or changes an enviro­nment variable that is active in the cmd. (global)
set
shows the active enviro­nment variables
echo %USERNAME%
print variable out
defined MY_VAR
returns
0 => Execution was successful
>0 => Execution failed

IF Control Structures

IF test (command) ELSE (command)
Syntax

Control structures For

for {%%|%}­<Va­ria­ble> in (<S­et>) do <Co­mma­nd> [<C­omm­and­Lin­eOp­tio­ns>]
cmd.exe use ->%
batch script use ->­%%

Functions

call :print­_name Florian
echo print_name exitst with %error­level%
goto :eof
:printname
echo Hit %1
exit /B 0 <- REM sets exit status of :print­_name

File Rename & Move

rename file1 file2
renamef filte1 to file2
move file1 dir
move file 1 to dir (path dir/file1)
move file1 dir/file2
moves and renames file1 to file2 (path: dir/file2) file2 is overwr­itten from file1
move /Y file1 file2
moves and overwrites file1 to file2 with­out asking
 

File Names

Case-I­nse­nsitive
Max. 260 characters incl. invisible termin­ating null character
spaces and character set 128 - 255 allowed
Never <, >, :, ", /, \, |, ?, *
Hint: A-Z, a-z, 0-9, _, spaces, ( underscore as space )
*.bat & *.cmd
dir /B --> only show file names and directory Names

Directory Rename & Move

rename dir1 dir2
renames dir1 in dir2
move dir1 dir2
if dir2 exist: dir1 into dir2 (path: dir2/d­ir1), else rename dir1 to dir2
move file1 dir/file2
file 2 is deleted. file1 get the name of file2 ans is set at the position of file2 with asking (Yes/N­o/All)
move /Y file1 file2
file 2 is deleted. file1 get the name of file2 ans is set at the position of file2 with­out asking.

File Redirects

type file.txt | sort
give output of type to sort
sort < file.txt
give content ( stdin) of file.txt
echo "­hi" > file.txt
write "­hi" (stout) to file.txt
type NUL > file.txt
create empty file
rm file 2> errors.txt
redi­rects errors­(st­derr) ro errors.txt
rm file 2> NUL
discard errors
rm file 2>&1
redi­rect stderr to stdout
echo "­you­" >> file.txt
append "­you­" to file.txt

Comment

REM
Präfix after them the text

Calcul­ation

set /a i=0
echo i=%i%
set /a i=1+1 Operatoren +, -, *, /
set /a i+=1 Operatoren +, -, *, /

Arrays Way1

set arra­y=1 2 3 4
%array%
(echo) all Array elements
for %%a in (%array%) do (
echo%%a
)
loop over elements
set array=­(and nothing else)
unset vari­able or array

Control Struct­ures: Comparison Operators

Operator
Info
Equal
EQU
==
Equal
NEQ
!=
Not equal
LSS
<
Less
LEQ
<=
Less than or equal to
GTR
>
Greater than
GEQ
>=
Greater than or equal
NOT
!
Not

Editors

Notepad
Notepad++
Visual­Stu­dioCode

Editors

Notepad
Notepad++
Visual­Stu­dioCode
Atom

Terminals

cmd.exe
Windows Terminal
ConEmu
cmder

Batch Filex Exit / Return

Specify exit code:
echo "abc"
exit 0
Query error level
echo %ERROR­LEVEL%
Exit/R­eturn codes
0 => Execution was successful
>0 => Execution fiales with code X
   

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