PROMPT – Windows CMD Command

Change the cmd.exe command prompt.

The default prompt is $P$G (drive/path followed by > )

The PROMPT command is tied to the %PROMPT% environment variable, editing the variable will lead to the same result as using the PROMPT command (e.g. PROMPT $P$G is the same as SET PROMPT=$P$G)

If the %PROMPT% variable is deleted, the prompt will automatically revert to the default.

To set the CMD prompt for all sessions, set a permanent environment variable (SETX) with the appropriate prompt text. e.g.

The prompt variable only holds the prompt definition, the final prompt characters are calculated by the CMD console.

The maximum length of a prompt string is 511 characters. If a longer prompt is set it will be silently truncated to the first 511 symbols.
The dollar codes each count as 1 character.


When CMD Command Extensions are enabled (the default)

If the prompt was successfully changed %ERRORLEVEL% = unchanged, typically this will be 0 but if a previous command set an errorlevel, that will be preserved (this is a bug).

If prompt could not be changed %ERRORLEVEL% = 1

If an attempt is made to set a prompt using a dollar sign followed by any character, not in the list of codes above, then everything after that dollar sign will be ignored.

PROMPT does not error if passed invalid switches PROMPT /Z /invalid – it will just set them as part of the prompt.

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