Display a list of files and subfolders
DIR [pathname(s)] [display_format] [file_attributes] [sorted] [time] [options]
[pathname] The drive, folder, and/or files to display, this can include wildcards:
* Match any characters
? Match any ONE character
/P Pause after each screen of data.
/W Wide List format, sorted horizontally.
/D Wide List format, sorted by vertical column.
/A: /A:D Folder /A:-D NOT Folder
/A:R Read-only /A:-R NOT Read-only
/A:H Hidden /A:-H NOT Hidden
/A:A Archive /A:-A NOT Archive
/A Show all files
several attributes may be combined e.g.: /A:HD-R
Sorted by /O:
/O:N Name /O:-N Name
/O:S file Size /O:-S file Size
/O:E file Extension /O:-E file Extension
/O:D Date & time /O:-D Date & time
/O:G Group folders first /O:-G Group folders last
several attributes may be combined e.g. /O:GEN
/T: the time field to display & use for sorting
/T:A Last Access
/T:W Last Written (default)
/S include all subfolders.
/B Bare format (no heading information or summary).
/L use Lowercase.
/Q Display the owner of the file.
/N long list format where filenames are on the far right.
/X As for /N but with the short filenames included.
/C Include thousand separator in file sizes.
/-C don't include thousand separator in file sizes.
/4 Display four-digit years
(/Q and /4 are supported in Win 2K and above)
The switches above may be preset by adding them to an environment variable called DIRCMD.
For example: SET DIRCMD=/O:N /S
Override any preset DIRCMD switches by prefixing the switch with -
DIR *.* /-S
Filenames longer than 8 characters
- DIR will always display the filename with the CASE as entered
Filenames shorter than 8 characters
- DIR may display the filename in upper or lower case - this may vary from one client to another (registry setting)
To obtain a bare DIR format (no heading or footer info) but retain all the details, pipe the output of DIR into FIND, this assumes that your date separator is /
DIR c:\temp\*.* | FIND "/"
FOR /f "tokens=*" %%G IN ('dir c:\temp\*.* ^| find "/"') DO echo %%G
Normally DIR /b will return just the filename, however when displaying subfolders with DIR /b /s the command will return a full pathname.
Checking filesize during a download (to monitor progress of a large download)
TYPE file_being_downloaded >NUL
Since TYPE won't lock the file_being_downloaded in any way, this doesn't pose a threat to the download itself.
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