Microsoft DOS exit command

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

About exit

The exit command is used to withdrawal from the currently running application and the MS-DOS session.


The exit command is an internal command and is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

Exit syntax

Windows Vista and later syntax

Quits the CMD.EXE program (command interpreter) or the current batch script.

EXIT [/B] [exitCode]

/B Specifies to exit the current batch script instead of CMD.EXE. If executed from outside a batch script, it will quit CMD.EXE.
exitCode Specifies a numeric number. If /B is specified, sets ERRORLEVEL that number. If quitting CMD.EXE, sets the process exit code with that number.

Windows XP and earlier syntax

Quits the COMMAND.COM program (command interpreter).


Exit examples

  • When in another command interpreter, would exit you out of the new command interpreter into the original.
  • When entering DOS from Windows, would return you to Windows.
  • If in the recovery console, would exit the recovery console and reboot the computer.

Additional information

  • See our exit definition for further information and related links on this term.