The Cd command is used to change the directory in the DOS command line. This post talks about getting a directory path in batch programming.
Sometimes, We want to run files in the current directory in batch programming.
Get the Current Directory in the batch file
%cd% variable in batch file returns current working directory with full path
test.bat file is declared
@echo off echo %cd%
By running test.bat from the command line, it prints
This returns the current working directory
@echo off echo %cd% echo %~dp0 echo %~dpnx0
b:\work b:\work\ b:\work\test.bat
%~dp0 returns the current director structure followed by
%~dpnx0 returns current directory structure + name of the running batch file.
How to append the filename to the current directory in the Batch file?
It is easy to append a filename in the current directory structure
@echo off echo %cd%\notes.txt
Also, You can add filenames to the current directory to a variable using the set command
@echo off set current=%cd%\notes.txt echo %current%
Run another bat file from the current working directory.
This is a simple batch code to run another batch file from the current working directory.
We can also use
.exe files in place of another batch file.
@echo off cls Echo Running other.bat start %cd%/other.bat exit
The above code does the following things.
- First, Clear screen using
- Next, print the string message
- Next line, open a new window and run the
other.batfile located in the current directory
- Finally, Exit from the command line.