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I have a folder full of media that I want to export to a list (csv, doc, xml, whatever...). When I navigate in Command Prompt to that folder, I can use dir to display the files in that directory. I want to export that list. How can I do this from command prompt?

Also is there an alternative way (built-in) to do it without command prompt?

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dir > textfile.txt

will export (pipe) it to a plain text file. You can do whatever you want with it afterwards.

If you wish to append, use two >>'s

dir >> textfile.txt

If you wish the file to be in another directory, just use

dir > c:\temp\textfile.txt

Without timestamp


for example ?

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can I append to that file? and how do i define the location if i don't want it to be in that directory? Also, can I get the file to display the results without timestamp? – GiH Oct 31 '09 at 1:41
How to do reverse of this? Having a list in the text file and only those files form a mixed bag folder? – Rish May 9 '13 at 9:27


dir > list.txt

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Try that utility File Names Export

It is very small and requires no installation.

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Please add some summary, the link might break any time. – vonbrand Apr 27 '13 at 13:25

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