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I am going over this process many times. I have to kill a process on a Windows machine and I just know its port. Normally the steps are as below: Find the PID by looking at the ports (example port 8084) List the processes running on ports

netstat -a -o -n

And then kill the process on that port with the following command

taskkill /F /PID <pid>

Is there any thing like a pipe or similar that I can use on Windows OS to run this command in one line!?

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I'm sorry that I can't write a full answer right now, but have a look at findstr (the Windows grep). For example: netstat -a -o -n | findstr "LISTENING" | findstr ":135". Maybe this gets you a step closer ;) – Oliver Salzburg Jul 30 '12 at 10:20
@OliverSalzburg Need to be careful with that 2nd findstr: might match either local or remote port number. (Accepting that the Q doesn't specify which.) – Richard Jul 30 '12 at 10:27
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Is there any thing like a pipe or similar that I can use on Windows OS to run this command in one line?

Both cmd.exe and PowerShell support pipes from one command to another. In PowerShell something like (this should be on a single line on the command line, or use ` to escapte newlines in a script):

netstat -a -o -n 
 | select -skip 4 
 | % {$a = $_ -split ' {3,}'; New-Object 'PSObject' -Property @{Original=$_;Fields=$a}} 
 | ? {$_.Fields[1] -match '15120$'}
 | % {taskkill /F /PID $_.Fields[4] }


  • Select -skip 4 skips the first four header lines. (Select is short for Select-Object used to perform SQL SELECT like projects of objects.
  • % is short for Foreach-Object which performs a script block on each object ($_) in the pipeline and outputs the results of the script block to the pipeline. Here it is first breaking up the input into an array of fields and then creating a fresh object with two properties Original the string from netstat and Fields the array just created.
  • ? is short for Where-Object which filters based on the result of a script block. Here matching a regex at the end of the second field (all PowerShell containers a zero based).

(All tested except the last element: I don't want to start killing processes :-)).

In practice I would simplify this, eg. returning just 0 or the PID from the first foreach (which would be designed to ignore the headers) and filter on value not zero before calling taskkill. This would be quicker to type but harder to follow without knowing PowerShell.

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for some reason my powershell does not recognize the select! Running Windows 7 "Der Befehl "select" ist entweder falsch geschrieben oder konnte nicht gefunden werden." Same for "Select-Object" – Armand Jul 30 '12 at 14:11

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