How to run a batch file

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
Batch file

To run a batch file, follow the steps below for where you want to run the batch file.

Running a batch file from within Windows

A batch file runs like any other executable file by double-clicking the file within Windows. However, because a batch file runs in a command line, it immediately exits when done, so you may only see a black box for a second.


If the batch file is closing too fast, or you want to read the output from the batch file, you can edit the batch file and add a pause to the end of the file. The pause command waits for user input before continuing.

Run a batch file from the Command Prompt

To run a batch file, move to the directory containing the file and type the name of the batch file. For example, if the batch file is named "hope.bat," you can type "hope" to execute the batch file.