findstr is a command in the command line interpreters (shells) of Microsoft Windows. It is used to search for a specific text string in files. The command sends the specified lines to the standard output device.
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flags This can be any combination of flags described below. strings Text to be searched for. [drive:][path]filename Specifies a file or files to search.
/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 subdirectories. /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
Note: Following command displays the detailed help about this command:
Save your running services into file _services.txt and search in this file for lines containing word "network" - case insensitive:
@echo off set searchstr=network net start>_services.txt FINDSTR /I "%searchstr%" _services.txt pause
output would be:
Network Connections Network List Service Network Location Awareness Network Store Interface Service Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Press any key to continue . . .
- Microsoft documentation for findstr
- Excellent documentation on usage of findstr
- History of Findstr from Raymond Chen
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