Updated: 09/22/2017 by Computer Hope

Builtin commands in the Windows/DOS command promptA builtin (or builtin command, or shell builtin) is a command or function that is part of the shell itself. The command is "built-in" to the shell program — no external program is necessary to run the command, and a new process does not need to be created.

Builtin commands are available in most shells, including:

In the Windows command prompt, builtin commands are called internal commands. In PowerShell, they are called cmdlets.

Tip: In bash, and in the Windows command prompt, you can display a list of builtin commands with the command help.

Command prompt, Operating System terms