How can I show the full EXE file path of each running process from the command-line in Windows?

I've tried tasklist and pslist, but they don't show the full path:

tasklist /FI "ImageName eq Spring.Tests.exe" /v /fo List


Image Name:   Spring.Tests.exe
PID:          3956
Session Name: Console
Session#:     1
Mem Usage:    9,772 K
Status:       Running
User Name:    W81ENTX64DELPHI\Developer
CPU Time:     0:00:01
Window Title: Spring


pslist Spring.Tests -x


Name                Pid      VM      WS    Priv Priv Pk   Faults   NonP Page
Spring.Tests       3956   83472    9772    5320    5692     5037     11  157
 Tid Pri    Cswtch            State     User Time   Kernel Time   Elapsed Time
1488  10     11018     Wait:UserReq  0:00:00.906   0:00:01.046    0:53:06.977

Since Spring.Tests.exe can be in various directories, I want to know which one was executed.

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    oh that's a classic question.. besides task manager having a column. For command line, WMIC and powershell can. it's even on here or on stackoverflow.. must be all over the place... Actually I can't see it fully answered on here, i have a note of it.. i'll check – barlop Jun 15 '14 at 8:10
  • @barlop it's funny: while you wrote your comment, I was already experimenting with PowerShell, as I'd been doing some other PowerShell experimenting as well (: – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Jun 15 '14 at 16:41
  • no need for a ':(' your method is very neat and you found it fast – barlop Jun 15 '14 at 19:35
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    I must be autistic! Maybe you should put a nose in the smiley to make it clearer ;-) – barlop Jul 17 '15 at 14:24
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    @kayleeFrye_onDeck I have better success running the solutions under an elevated UAC token, but really wish there was a command-line version of technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/processexplorer.aspx that allows reliable querying under that token. – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Mar 30 '17 at 6:07

In addition to the line you gave, here are a bunch of lines that (apart from the second one) can be used to list paths:

PS C:\> gwmi win32_process | select Handle, CommandLine | format-list
PS C:\> gwmi win32_process | select name
PS C:\> gwmi win32_process | select CommandLine
C:\>wmic process get ProcessID,ExecutablePath
C:\>wmic process where "name='mysqld.exe'" get ProcessID, ExecutablePath
C:\>wmic process where "name='mysqld.exe'" get ProcessID, ExecutablePath /FORMAT:LIST
  • this has the advantage of being fast, (wmic) because powershell is so god darn slow!!! – Mr.Robot Feb 24 '17 at 2:40
  • Be very attentive to the formatting used. For example, not including the single-quote marks within the name field will cause this to break. – kayleeFrye_onDeck Feb 7 '18 at 1:56
  • @kayleeFrye_onDeck well, given the length of the command i'd expect somebody to just copy/paste it anyway and just change the name of the process. So hopefully they shouldn't make the mistake of missing single quotes around the process name as they can leave the ones that are there. – barlop Feb 7 '18 at 12:38

PowerShell to the rescue.

First I used Get-Member to see what Get-Process could return:

PowerShell Get-Process ^| Get-Member

Then I filtered the Path from Get-Process to figure out which Spring.Tests processes were running:

PowerShell Get-Process Spring.Tests ^| Format-List Path

resulting in:

Path : C:\Users\Developer\Versioned\Spring4D\Tests\Bin\DelphiXE\Spring.Tests.exe

which is exactly the information I wanted.

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    there is WMIC too but powershell is more modern and flexible – barlop Jun 15 '14 at 8:13
  • Is Path the same thing as command line? What about the arguments to the executable? @barlop WMI still has a number of features that are otherwise unavailable in PowerShell. – jpmc26 May 10 '17 at 16:34
  • @jpmc26 I didn't need those, but I think you can get them via StartInfo instead of Path based on stackoverflow.com/questions/1012409/… – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers May 12 '17 at 14:03
  • @jpmc26 the file paths that the wmic command outputs, are the same as the file paths that the powershell ........ command there outputs e.g. open windows calculator and try it for calc.exe pastebin.com/raw/TK8xSPPL – barlop May 14 '17 at 5:21
  • What does the carrot do in the first command? – Jared Beach Nov 21 '17 at 14:54

Pipe PowerShell's Get-Process into Select-Object.

Example command for Notepad++:

Get-Process notepad++ | Select-Object Path


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    To get output directly, (Get-Process notepad++).Path (maybe to store in a variable). – nawfal Dec 2 '17 at 13:57

I am running a file abc.txt and found the path by using this in the command line on Windows

wmic process where "CommandLine like '%abc.txt'" get commandline

You can try in a similar way.

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