How do you list all processes on the command line in Windows?

Is there a command equivalent to 'ps' on Unix that can list all processes on a Windows machine?


Working with cmd.exe:


If you have Powershell:


Via WMI:

wmic process

(you can query remote machines as well with /node:ComputerOrIP, and there are a LOT more ways to customize this command: link)

There is a tool called Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line tool (wmic.exe).

You can call wmic process list to see all processes.

I wanted to mention that WMIC (pam's entry) can do a lot more. Have a look at my WMIC snippets page, which is a cheatsheet showing many of the common ways to use WMIC (with sample output shown) here

  1. Tasklist
  2. WMIC /OUTPUT:C:\ProcessList.txt PROCESS get Caption,Commandline,Processid


 WMIC /OUTPUT:C:\ProcessList.txt path win32_process get Caption,Processid,Commandline

tasklist or pslist from sysinternals. Also, get-process is amazing from PowerShell.

I tried on Windows 7. The command is: TASKLIST /FI "IMAGENAME eq application_name"

Eg: c:\>TASKLIST /FI "IMAGENAME eq notepad.exe"

To show all process with port details:


Also to kill the process you can use c:\> pskill or tskill processname

Eg: c:\> tskill notepad

If you use Powershell, it has the 'ps' command (it is aliased to Get-Process)

If you running windows XP try using the 'tasklist' command. I tried it out with Vista and it seems to also work.

To kill Process, use;

TASKKILL /F /IM pcocessname.exe

eg: TASKKILL /F /IM firefox.exe

Use this command to see all the processes in windows machine

tasklist /svc

I had following problem on Windows 2003 SP2: Tasklist didn't return any output on stdout or stderr, when called from a process started as Windows service (even under Local Account). Tasklist returned with the (undocumented) code 128.

Called from the same program started as a normal process (not as service), it did run.

No help to change it. I couldn't find any reason or solution but use "pslist /accepteula" of sysinternal instead of it.

Same problem with taskkill: I had to replace it whith pskill.

I have done a msproject ( c source code) , archive is available at : project archive

and exe file: lsproc.exe binary

this is a command line tool output:

Thierry Bremard
[email protected]
list binary files and driver with their local path on disks
most of code retreived from msdn site

Process ID: 0

Process ID: 4
<unknown>  (PID: 4)
    PageFaultCount             : 0x00002E4B
    PeakWorkingSetSize         : 0x00419000
    WorkingSetSize (Mem usage) : 0x0003A000 (232 ko)
    QuotaPeakPagedPoolUsage    : 0x00000000
    QuotaPagedPoolUsage        : 0x00000000
    QuotaPeakNonPagedPoolUsage : 0x00000000
    QuotaNonPagedPoolUsage     : 0x00000000
    PagefileUsage              : 0x00000000
    PeakPagefileUsage          : 0x00000000

Process ID: 764
smss.exe  (PID: 764)
    PageFaultCount             : 0x000000D6
    PeakWorkingSetSize         : 0x00082000
    WorkingSetSize (Mem usage) : 0x0006C000 (432 ko)
    QuotaPeakPagedPoolUsage    : 0x00006C34
    QuotaPagedPoolUsage        : 0x00001854
    QuotaPeakNonPagedPoolUsage : 0x000004D8
    QuotaNonPagedPoolUsage     : 0x00000280
    PagefileUsage              : 0x0002C000
    PeakPagefileUsage          : 0x00030000

Process ID: 816

Process ID: 844
winlogon.exe  (PID: 844)
    PageFaultCount             : 0x0000261D
    PeakWorkingSetSize         : 0x00B58000
    WorkingSetSize (Mem usage) : 0x0029B000 (2668 ko)
    QuotaPeakPagedPoolUsage    : 0x0001B054
    QuotaPagedPoolUsage        : 0x000185A4
    QuotaPeakNonPagedPoolUsage : 0x0000C988
    QuotaNonPagedPoolUsage     : 0x0000B6A0
    PagefileUsage              : 0x005EC000
    PeakPagefileUsage          : 0x006C6000

    PeakPagefileUsage          : 0x03277000

Process ID: 2712
lsproc.exe  (PID: 2712)
C:\Documents and Settings\LoginX\Bureau\lsproc.exe
    PageFaultCount             : 0x000000EC
    PeakWorkingSetSize         : 0x000F1000
    WorkingSetSize (Mem usage) : 0x000E4000 (912 ko)
    QuotaPeakPagedPoolUsage    : 0x000032B4
    QuotaPagedPoolUsage        : 0x000032B4
    QuotaPeakNonPagedPoolUsage : 0x00000400
    QuotaNonPagedPoolUsage     : 0x00000398
    PagefileUsage              : 0x00042000
    PeakPagefileUsage          : 0x0005C000
There are 131 drivers:
   1: ntkrnlpa.exe
   2: hal.dll
   4: BOOTVID.dll


 129: HTTP.sys
 130: hiber_WMILIB.SYS
 131: ntdll.dll


Hello if you want to list running process ID's on a Windows machine then open a cmd screen and type:

netstat -aon | more

use the Enter key to scroll.

In Windows, to get all the process. You can try this in cmd

netstat -a -n -o

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