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Solved: What is the Which UNIX command in Windows to locate file directory?


Currently I am working on Windows 11, I need a script to check if there is a executable found in the current setup of $PATH (in DOS) and its location as well.

In UNIX csh command, there is a useful command called which. Which command will finds which and where executable is running. Sample:

> which java

Which command will search through all loactions listed in $PATH. If there are several instances of “java” then it will show the fist found. Same thing as the op system will do.

If i just write java on command prompt, the op system will start up the first instance of java it can find.

I can’t find any related command line to pick up $PATH from DOS. May I know what is the command to locate and display executable file and its associated directory in Windows just like Which command in UNIX csh?


The Where command able to locate and display executable file and its associated directory in Windows just like Which command in UNIX csh.

Example of the Where command as below:

where notepad

Reference: WHERE.exe

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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