In Windows cmd, how do I prompt for user input and use the result in another command?

I have a Windows .bat file which I would like to accept user input and then use the results of that input as part of the call to additional commands.

For example, I’d like to accept a process ID from the user, and then run jstack against that ID, putting the results of the jstack call into a file. However, when I try this, it doesn’t work.

Here’s my sample bat file contents:

@echo off
set /p id=Enter ID: 
echo %id%
jstack > jstack.txt

and here’s what shows up in jstack.txt:

Enter ID: Terminate batch job (Y/N)? 

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Try this:

@echo off
set /p id="Enter ID: " %=%

You can then use %id% as a parameter to another batch file. For example:

jstack %id%

EDIT: This works just fine for me. Sorry I can’t help more.

set /P id=Enter id: %=%
jstack %id% > jstack.txt

I am not sure if this is the case for all versions of Windows, however on the XP machine I have, I need to use the following:

set /p Var1="Prompt String"

Without the prompt string in quotes, I get various results depending on the text.

The syntax is as such: set /p variable= [string]

Note the space after the equals(=) sign

Check out or for a more deep dive into user input with the different versions of win OS batch files.

Once you have set your variable you can then go about using it in the following fashion.

@echo off
set /p UserInputPath= What Directory would you like?
cd C:/%UserInputPath%

note the %variable name% syntax

Dollar signs around the variable do not work on my Vista machine, but percent signs do. Also note that a trailing space on the “set” line will show up between the prompt and user input.

@echo off :start set /p var1=”Enter first number: ” pause

@echo off
set /p input="Write something, it will be used in the command "echo""
echo %input%

if i get what you want, this works fine. you can use %input% in other commands too.

@echo off
echo Write something, it will be used in the command "echo"
set /p input=""
echo %input%

thi is more polite.

Just added the

set /p NetworkLocation= Enter name for network?

echo %NetworkLocation% >> netlist.txt

sequence to my netsh batch job. It now shows me the location I respond as the point for that sample. I continuously >> the output file so I know now “home”, “work”, “Starbucks”, etc. Looking for clear air, I can eavulate the lowest use channels and whether there are 5 or just all 2.4 MHz WLANs around.

There is no documented /prompt parameter for SETX as there is for SET.

If you need to prompt for an environment variable that will survive reboots, you can use SETX to store it.

A variable created by SETX won’t be usable until you restart the command prompt. Neatly, however, you can SETX a variable that has already been SET, even if it has the same name.

This works for me in Windows 8.1 Pro:

set /p UserInfo= "What is your name?  "
setx UserInfo "%UserInfo%"

(The quotation marks around the existing variable are necessary.)

This procedure allows you to use the temporary SET-created variable during the current session and will allow you to reuse the SETX-created variable upon reboot of the computer or restart of the CMD prompt.

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