Is there a way to see a list of all the symbolic links that are active on a Windows machine?


Try the following command:

dir /AL /S C:\
  • /A displays all files with a specific attribute, and L specifies reparse points (symlinks and directory junctions)
  • /S makes the command recursive
  • replace C:\ with the drive letter you want to scan, or with a path if you don't want to scan an entire drive
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    Is there a way to make it not recurse into symlinks / junctions so that it doesn't get stuck in an infinite loop? – BrainSlugs83 Oct 12 '14 at 1:09

In PowerShell

Dir C:\ -Force -Recurse -ErrorAction 'silentlycontinue' | 
  Where { $_.Attributes -match "ReparsePoint"}
  • -Force includes hidden and system files
  • -Recurse gets all child items
  • -ErrorAction 'silentlycontinue' suppresses Access to the path XYZ is denied errors
  • Where { $_.Attributes -match "ReparsePoint"} checks folders and files if it's a junction

Explanation of Mode attributes:

  • d - Directory
  • a - Archive
  • r - Read-only
  • h - Hidden
  • s - System
  • l - Reparse point, symlink, etc.
  • Thanks -- this could be really powerful for scripting -- is there a property that displays where the link goes to? -- it doesn't seem to be displayed by default, but if it's there we could script against it and that would be awesome. – BrainSlugs83 Oct 12 '14 at 1:11
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    @BrainSlugs83 To get the target of ReparsePoints programmatically , read this SO answer – nixda Dec 4 '14 at 23:38
  • How to just get the ones create by the current user and not the OS? – boardtc Jan 15 at 17:14

There's also a handy program for that called NTFSLinksView.

Edit: there's also SageLinks, this one checks the validity too.


I know this answer is late, but here's perhaps something closer to what you were probably looking for:

dir /AL /S C:\ | find "SYMLINK"
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    Of course this will also show files and directories that have SYMLINK in their name. – Scott Sep 25 '18 at 0:38

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