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July 7, 2012

Search keyword in file(s) using findstr on command (batch/dos/windows)

Filed under: dos — sikathabis @ 9:02 am


search keyword from one file or many files


For example you want to search all keyword Ari Wibawa on all file with extension 500 in the folder

example 1:

findstr /C:”Ari Wibawa” *.500

result 1:

D:\vbs\JL\output>findstr /C:”Ari Wibawa” *.500
Bambang Parmana Hadi                     Ari Wibawa
Bambang Parmana Hadi
Ari Wibawa
Ari Wibawa
Ari Wibawa
Bambang Parmana Hadi                     Ari Wibawa
Bambang Parmana Hadi
Ari Wibawa
Ari Wibawa

example 2:

findstr /C:”Ari Wibawa” *.500 > result.txt

result 2:

Generate file like result 1 in the file result.txt


findstr /?

Searches for strings in files.

FINDSTR [/B] [/E] [/L] [/R] [/S] [/I] [/X] [/V] [/N] [/M] [/O] [/P] [/F:file]
[/C:string] [/G:file] [/D:dir list] [/A:color attributes] [/OFF[LINE]]
strings [[drive:][path]filename[ …]]

/B         Matches pattern if at the beginning of a line.
/E         Matches pattern if at the end of a line.
/L         Uses search strings literally.
/R         Uses search strings as regular expressions.
/S         Searches for matching files in the current directory and all
/I         Specifies that the search is not to be case-sensitive.
/X         Prints lines that match exactly.
/V         Prints only lines that do not contain a match.
/N         Prints the line number before each line that matches.
/M         Prints only the filename if a file contains a match.
/O         Prints character offset before each matching line.
/P         Skip files with non-printable characters.
/OFF[LINE] Do not skip files with offline attribute set.
/A:attr    Specifies color attribute with two hex digits. See “color /?”
/F:file    Reads file list from the specified file(/ stands for console).
/C:string  Uses specified string as a literal search string.
/G:file    Gets search strings from the specified file(/ stands for console).
/D:dir     Search a semicolon delimited list of directories
strings    Text to be searched for.
Specifies a file or files to search.

Use spaces to separate multiple search strings unless the argument is prefixed
with /C.  For example, ‘FINDSTR “hello there” x.y’ searches for “hello” or
“there” in file x.y.  ‘FINDSTR /C:”hello there” x.y’ searches for
“hello there” in file x.y.

Regular expression quick reference:
.        Wildcard: any character
*        Repeat: zero or more occurrences of previous character or class
^        Line position: beginning of line
$        Line position: end of line
[class]  Character class: any one character in set
[^class] Inverse class: any one character not in set
[x-y]    Range: any characters within the specified range
\x       Escape: literal use of metacharacter x
\<xyz    Word position: beginning of word
xyz\>    Word position: end of word

For full information on FINDSTR regular expressions refer to the online Command



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