cat command in Linux is used to concatenate files and print to a standard output.
type command is a Windows
cat equivalent that works across a command-line prompt (CMD) and a Windows PowerShell.
In this short note i will show how to concatenate files and how to print the contents of a text file to the screen in Windows.
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`Cat` in CMD & PowerShell
Print the contents of a text file in CMD or Windows PowerShell (
cat a file):
C:\> type file.txt
C:\> echo "line from file1" > file1.txt C:\> echo "line from file2" > file2.txt
C:\> type file1.txt file2.txt > result.txt C:\> type result.txt line from file1 line from file2
type command in PowerShell is the alias of the
4 Replies to “Windows: `Cat` Equivalent – CMD & PowerShell”
I have found this “alternative” unsuitable for concatenating *binary* files, no matter what I do… When trying to concatenate binary archives to a decompression tool in x64 only capable recovery environment, sadly 32-bit builds of “cat” (GNU or BSD) for Win32 Portable Executables are not available.
This is a problem… It should not be insurmountable, but I don’t feel proficient enough to cleanly port GNU / BSD “cat”, and “type” seems not to be the answer. (unless you only care about text, in which case “fill your boots”)
The article is incorrect.
Type and get-Contents are specifically text based and will fail if they hit certain characters.
copy file con:
Thank you Carl, my thoughts exactly
You can use
c:\>copy /b file1.txt+file2.txt+fileN.txt result.txt
This works for ANY type of file (/b stands for ‘binary).