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In Windows 7, how can I check if a file is a symbolic link or not, if a folder is a junction or not, and how can I check where they are pointing at (in case they are symlink/junction). Both in Explorer and in Command line.

It's very important to have a way to do it from command line, in order to know how to duplicate symbolic links on another computer when you want to make an exact replica of a folder tree.

If I right click on a file and check "Properties", I can't find any indication that it's a symbolic link.

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I believe you are looking for dir

2012-12-26  09:30 PM    <DIR>          .
2012-12-26  09:30 PM    <DIR>          ..
2012-12-26  09:30 PM                 0 a.txt
2012-12-26  09:30 PM    <SYMLINK>      link.txt [a.txt]
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This doesn't work in windows 7 (Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]) – gonzalezea Mar 24 at 14:00
@gonzalezea yeah, it does. It worked with Windows 7 back in 2012 when I posted this, and it works now too – Steven Penny Mar 24 at 15:22

Copied from StackOverFlow, I just used this line, and it works

fsutil reparsepoint query "folder name" | find "Symbolic Link" >nul && echo symbolic link found || echo No symbolic link


From MSDN about FSUtil : Performs tasks that are related to file allocation table (FAT) and NTFS file systems, such as managing reparse points, managing sparse files, or dismounting a volume. If it is used without parameters, fsutil displays a list of supported subcommands.

For our use, we just care that it outputs a line that has "Symbolic Link" in it, if it's symbolic, which we then find, and if find succeeds, we output one thing, if it doesn't, we output something else.


  • The quotes around the folder name are required if the path has spaces in it.
  • It gives the same output whether the folder doesn't exist, or isn't a symlink, use with caution.
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