Findstr Command In Windows Server 2008

This article shows how to use Findstr command in Windows Server 2008 operating system and syntax related with it.
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Findstr command is short for find string. This command is used to searches for patterns of text in files. Syntax for using Findstr command is given below.


findstrn [/b] [/e] [/l] [/r] [/s] [/i] [/x] [/v] [/n] [/m] [/o] [/p] [/f : <File>] [/c : <String>] [/g : <File>] [/d : <DirList>] [/a : <ColorAttribute>] [/off[line]] <Strings> [<Drive>:] [<Path>] <FileName> [ . . . ]

Parameters For Findstr

Parameter Description
/b Matches the text pattern if it is at the beginning of a line.
/e Matches the text pattern if it is at the end of a line.
/l Processes search strings literally.
/r Processes search strings as regular expressions.
/s Searches the current directory and all subdirectories.
/i Ignores the case of the characters when searching for the string.
/x Prints lines that match exactly.
/v Prints only lines that do not contain a match.
/n Prints the line number of each line that matches.
/m Prints only the file name if a file contains a match.
/o Prints character offset before each matching line.
/p Skips files with non-printable characters.
/off[line] Does not skip files that have the offline attribute set.
/f:<File> Gets a file list from the specified file.
/c:<String> Uses the specified text as a literal search string.
/g:<File> Gets search strings from the specified file.
/d:<DirList> Searches the specified list of directories.
/a:<ColorAttribute> Defines color attributes with two hexadecimal digits.
<Strings> Defines the text to search for in FileName.
[<Drive>:][<Path>]<FileName>[ ...] Defines the location and file or files to search.
/? Shows help at the command prompt.

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