Help of the DOS Command FINDSTR

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

Matches pattern if at the beginning of a line.


Matches pattern if at the end of a line.


Uses search strings literally.


Uses search strings as regular expressions.


Searches for matching files in the current directory and all subdirectories.


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


Prints lines that match exactly.


Prints only lines that do not contain a match.


Prints the line number before each line that matches.


Prints only the filename if a file contains a match.


Prints character offset before each matching line.


Skip files with non-printable characters.


Do not skip files with offline attribute set.


Specifies color attribute with two hex digits. See COLOR /?


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


Uses specified string as a literal search string.


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


Search a semicolon delimited list of directories


Text to be searched for.


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


Character class: any one character in set


Inverse class: any one character not in set


Range: any characters within the specified range


Escape: literal use of metacharacter x


Word position: beginning of word


Word position: end of word


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