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 findstr.exe - Utilities - Vista

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findstr.exe is a part of Windows Vista.

Relate to: File system, Console

Default location: %WinDir%\System32\findstr.exe

Useful information about: findstr.exe

Description: Find String (QGREP) Utility

Version: 6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)

Size: 60928 (59K)

MD5: A582BAB73654E5BE30FD462DAE7160B6

Findstr.exe searches for strings in files.


FINDSTR [/B] [/E] [/L] [/R] [/S] [/I] [/X] [/V] [/N] [/M] [/O] [/P] [/F: file]

[/C: string] [/G:file] [/D:dir list] [/A:color attributes] [/OFF[LINE]]

strings [[drive: ][path]filename[ ...]]

/B Matches pattern if at the beginning of a line.

/E Matches pattern if at the end of a line.

/L Uses search strings literally.

/R Uses search strings as regular expressions.

/S Searches for matching files in the current directory and all


/I Specifies that the search is not to be case-sensitive.

/X Prints lines that match exactly.

/V Prints only lines that do not contain a match.

/N Prints the line number before each line that matches.

/M Prints only the filename if a file contains a match.

/O Prints character offset before each matching line.

/P Skip files with non-printable characters.

/OFF[LINE] Do not skip files with offline attribute set.

/A: attr Specifies color attribute with two hex digits. See "color /?"

/F: file Reads file list from the specified file(/ stands for console).

/C: string Uses specified string as a literal search string.

/G: file Gets search strings from the specified file(/ stands for console).

/D: dir Search a semicolon delimited list of directories

strings Text to be searched for.

[drive: ][path]filename

Specifies a file or files to search.

Use spaces to separate multiple search strings unless the argument is prefixed

with /C. For example, 'FINDSTR "hello there" x.y' searches for "hello" or

"there" in file x.y. 'FINDSTR /C: "hello there" x.y' searches for

"hello there" in file x.y.

Regular expression quick reference:

. Wildcard: any character

* Repeat: zero or more occurrences of previous character or class

^ Line position: beginning of line

$ Line position: end of line

[class] Character class: any one character in set

[^class] Inverse class: any one character not in set

[x-y] Range: any characters within the specified range

\x Escape: literal use of metacharacter x

\ xyz\> Word position: end of word

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