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.BAT File Extension

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File TypeDOS Batch File

DeveloperMicrosoft
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CategoryExecutable Files
FormatText

Text

This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

Definition

DOS batch file used to execute commands with the Windows Command Prompt (cmd.exe); contains a series of line commands that typically might be entered at the DOS command prompt; most commonly used to start programs and run maintenance utilities within Windows.

More Information

BAT files can be manually created and edited to automate tasks and perform repetitive operations. They can written with a basic text editor, such as Notepad, and saved with a ".bat" extension.

Older Windows operating systems such as Windows 95 and 98 run BAT files as well.

NOTE: Avoid opening unknown BAT files since they may contain viruses or other malicious code.

Common BAT Filenames:

AUTOEXEC.BAT - The batch file run by DOS and older versions of Windows (95, 98, and Me) upon startup. It is located in the root directory of the boot drive.

Program(s) that open .BAT files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Windows Command Prompt
Microsoft Windows
Any text editor
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Parallels Desktop for Mac with Windows installed
Any text editor
Updated 3/27/2014