Microsoft DOS tree command

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

About tree

Allows the user to view a listing of files and folders in an easy to read listing.


The tree command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems as

All Versions of MS-DOS
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

Tree syntax

TREE [Drive:[[Path] [/F] [/A]

Drive:\Path Drive and directory containing disk for display of directory structure.
/F Displays file names in each directory.
/A ext characters used for linking lines, instead of graphic characters. /a is used with code pages that do not support graphic characters and to send output to printers that do not properly interpret graphic characters.

Tree examples

Tree directory structuretree

The tree command typed alone will produce a tree listing and overview of the current directory. The picture shows a basic example of how a directory tree overview looks in the Windows 8 Command Prompt.

In this example, C: is the current directory, "banners" is one of the many directories in the current directory, and "big" is a subdirectory of the "cdn" directory.

  • See our tree structure definition if you need further information understand the structure of a tree.

Tip: To output the structure of a directory to a file, along with other options, try using the dir command.