Microsoft DOS batch command

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

About batch

The batch command is a recovery console command that executes a series of commands within a file.

Tip: If you are looking for additional information about batch files we suggest you look at our batch file page.


The batch command is a recovery console command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

Windows 2000
Windows XP

Batch syntax

Executes commands specified in a text file.

BATCH Inputfile [Outputfile]

Inputfile Specifies the text file that contains the list of commands to be executed.
Outputfile If specified, contains the output of the specified commands. If not specified, the output is displayed on the screen.

Batch cannot be one of the commands included in the Inputfile.

Batch examples

batch myfile.txt

In the above example, the batch command would run through each of the commands in the myfile.txt file and display the output to the screen.

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