MS-DOS and Windows command line tasklist command

Updated: 07/13/2023 by Computer Hope
tasklist command

Tasklist is a tool that displays a list of the processes that are running on either a local or remote machine.


Tasklist command is an external command that is available for the following Microsoft operating systems as tasklist.exe.

Tasklist syntax

TASKLIST [/S system [/U username [/P [password]]]] [/M [module] | /SVC | /V] [/FI filter] [/FO format] [/NH]
/S system Specifies the remote system to connect to.
/U [domain\]user Specifies the user context under which the command should execute.
/P [password] Specifies the password for the given user context. Prompts for input if omitted.
/M [module] Lists all tasks currently using the given exe/dll name. If the module name is not specified all loaded modules are displayed.
/SVC Displays services hosted in each process.
/V Displays verbose task information.
/FI filter Displays a set of tasks that match given criteria specified by the filter.
/FO format Specifies the output format. Valid values: "TABLE," "LIST," and "CSV."
/NH Specifies that the "Column Header" should not show in the output. Valid only for "TABLE" and "CSV" formats.


Filter name Valid operators Valid values
IMAGENAME eq, ne Image name
PID eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le PID (process identifier) value
SESSION eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le Session number
SESSIONNAME eq, ne Session name
CPUTIME eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le CPU (central processing unit) time in the format of hh:mm:ss.
hh - hours,
mm - minutes
ss - seconds
MEMUSAGE eq, ne, gt, lt, ge, le Memory usage in KB
USERNAME eq, ne Username in [domain\]user format
SERVICES eq, ne Service name
WINDOWTITLE eq, ne Window title
MODULES eq, ne DLL (dynamic-link library) name

"WINDOWTITLE" and "STATUS" filters are not supported when querying a remote machine.


See the operator definition for full information about operators and eq, ge, gt, le, lt, and ne.

Tasklist examples


Executing tasklist alone shows all the tasks that are currently running on the computer.

tasklist > process.txt

The command above takes the output displayed by tasklist and saves it to the process.txt file.


If you need help identifying each of these tasks, the complete log file can be pasted into the Computer Hope process tool, and each task will be identified.

tasklist /fi "memusage gt 50000"

The example above displays any currently-running tasks that are using more than 50 MB of memory.


If you see a task you want to kill, you can kill the task using the taskkill command.