17

I don't know the full path to a folder, just the folder name. I would like to find everywhere where this folder is using CMD. Is there a command that does this?

I am looking for an equivalent to *nix's:

find . -name <folder name> -type d

Is there anything like that in Windows CMD? I know dir /s ...

21

So at the root of the drive:

dir <Folder Name> /AD /s
  • 3
    /A- Displays files with specified attributes. D-May the attribute be Directories /s - Displays files in specified directory and all subdirectories. – nanospeck Jun 26 '14 at 2:15
  • Is it possible to extend this search to hidden subfolders as well? – Luke Nov 10 '15 at 22:16
  • It is searching only in C drive – pyd Nov 28 '17 at 4:31
  • 1
    Then tell it to search in whichever drive you want. – EBGreen Nov 28 '17 at 15:28
  • To get a compact listing of all directory location, you can add /B, like this: dir <Folder Name> /AD/S/B – Matt Roy Feb 7 at 15:41
11
  1. switch to the root-search-folder (e.g. C:)
  2. type dir /S /P <file or foldername> (/P pauses after each screenful of information)

If you'd like a list of all occurances of a specific filename, you can simply redirect the output to a file:

dir /S <filename> > c:\results.txt

You can also narrow down your results by using the /A switch of the dir command. If you'd like to only list directories, you can append /AD to your command:

dir /S /P <filename> /AD

Other possibilities are:

 /A          Displays files with specified attributes.
 attributes   D  Directories                R  Read-only files
              H  Hidden files               A  Files ready for archiving
              S  System files               I  Not content indexed files
              L  Reparse Points             -  Prefix meaning not

If you'd like to know more about the dir command, just type dir /?into your cmd.

  • np, maybe worth an upvote? ;) – wullxz May 23 '12 at 20:19
  • Definitely worth it, but my rep isn't high enough on this sub-SOF hahaha – BlackSheep May 23 '12 at 20:24
0
dir /S /b

/S searches recursively

/b removes the additional directory metadata from the search results, so you get a nice clean list of files

  • This doesn't work correctly. See i.imgur.com/X0MCR1p.png – DavidPostill Jul 2 '18 at 9:43
  • @DavidPostill - yes it does, your pictyure shows you asking for the contents of 'test', which contains the single item 'test' (at least that's all we can see in it), and the /b flag removes the heading metadata. Without the /b flag, the root directory is also shown – Krakkos Jul 3 '18 at 10:21
  • My point stands. Using \b omits f:\test from the listing. It returns one file when there are two. Therefore the answer is wrong. – DavidPostill Jul 3 '18 at 10:35

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.