What is a Batch Script?

What is a Batch Script? is a general understanding about Batch Scripts or Batch file. Batch file or Batch Script file is a Microsoft DOS, OS/2 or Microsoft Windows Command Line File. Batch Scripts can be a single command or set of commands stored in text file. Batch Scripting execute these commands one after one, in a sequence or more technically commands executed by the command-line interpreter. It is generally used to ease and automate some administrative task in the form of commands sequence in Microsoft Windows. The term "batch" is from batch processing, meaning "non-interactive execution", though a batch file may not process a batch of multiple data.

File Extensions:

Microsoft Windows and Microsoft DOS OS use .bat extension, Windows NT and OS/2 also added .cmd. Batch files for other environments may have different extensions, e.g., .btm in 4DOS, 4OS2 and 4NT related shells.

Internet media type:

application/bat, application/x-bat, application/x-msdos-program, text/plain

How do I run a Batch Script or Batch File?

The Purpose of What is a Batch Script? is to give an overview that how you can just double click on the batch file and it will execute the batch script in sequence. A good approach to run the batch file is from command prompt. In such case, you will need to move into the direction containing the file and type the name of the batch file. For example, if the batch file is “scripts.bat”, you can type scripts.bat or simple scripts will execute the command.

Example Batch File:

Copy below quoted text and paste into a notepad file. Now, save this file as "scripts.bat" on a location, easy to remember.
ECHO "Hello - This is a Batch Script" &echo.

Output of Batch File:


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