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Command Line Options

A list of all the command line options available in Everything.

Most of these options are available within Everything, in the Everything options.


Syntax

Everything.exe [file-list-filename] [options]

[option]

Optional option.


<option>

Required option.



Installation

These command line options return immediately and do not show an Everything search window.

Some command line options require administrative privileges. Running Everything with a command line option that requires administrative privileges from a standard user account will automatically relaunch Everything with the specified command line option as administrator.


-app-data

-noapp-data

Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything or in the same location as the executable.

Requires administrative privileges.


-choose-language

Show the language selection page.


-choose-volumes

Do not automatically index volumes. Removes all NTFS volumes from the index.


-enable-run-as-admin

-disable-run-as-admin

Enable or disable run as administrator.

Requires administrative privileges.


-enable-update-notification

-disable-update-notification

Enable or disable update notification on startup.


-install <location>

Copies Everything.exe and uninstall.exe to the new location. Creates an uninstall entry in Programs and Features if uninstall.exe is present. Executes the copied Everything.exe with the install options specified in -install-options.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-client-service

-uninstall-client-service

Install the "Everything" client as a service.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-config <filename>

Install the specified configuration file. The specified ini file is merged with any existing configuration file before any other install options are applied.


-install-desktop-shortcut

-uninstall-desktop-shortcut

Create or delete the desktop shortcut for the current user.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-all-users-desktop-shortcut

-uninstall-all-users-desktop-shortcut

Create or delete the desktop shortcut for all users.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-efu-association

-uninstall-efu-association

Create or remove the EFU file association with Everything.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-folder-context-menu

-uninstall-folder-context-menu

Install or uninstall folder context menus.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-options <command line options>

Command line options to pass to the newly installed Everything.exe.

Combine with -install.

Requires administrative privileges.

install options are executed with administrative privileges.


-install-quick-launch-shortcut

-uninstall-quick-launch-shortcut

Create or delete the Search Everything quick launch shortcut.


-install-run-on-system-startup

-uninstall-run-on-system-startup

Add or remove Everything from the system startup.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-service

-uninstall-service

Install or uninstall the "Everything" service. The service is started automatically. Combine with -install-service-port to set the service port. Combine with -install-service-pipe-name to set the service pipe name.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-service-port <port>

Install the Everything service on the specified port.

Combine with -install-service.

Removed in Everything 1.4, use -install-service-pipe-name instead.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-service-pipe-name <name>

Install the Everything service with the specified pipe name.

Combine with -install-service.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-start-menu-shortcuts

-uninstall-start-menu-shortcuts

Create or delete the Everything shortcuts in the Start menu for the current user.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-all-users-start-menu-shortcuts

-uninstall-all-users-start-menu-shortcuts

Create or delete the Everything shortcuts in the Start menu for all users.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-url-protocol

-uninstall-url-protocol

Install or uninstall the URL Protocol.

Requires administrative privileges.


-language <langID>

Set the language to the specified language ID in decimal. 1033 = English (US). 0 = System default. See Language IDs for a list of langIDs.


-uninstall [path]

Uninstall Everything from the specified path. If no path is specified Everything is uninstalled from the executables location. This removes Everything from system startup, removes the service, folder context menu, start menu shortcuts, desktop shortcut, quick launch shortcut, URL protocol, efu file associations and deletes any files created by Everything.

Requires administrative privileges.


-uninstall-user

Uninstall Everything user files.


-create-usn-journal <volume> <max-size-bytes> <allocation-delta-bytes>

Create a USN Journal on the specifed volume with the specified maximum size and allocation delta in bytes.

Requires administrative privileges.


-delete-usn-journal <volume>

Delete the USN Journal on the specifed volume.

Requires administrative privileges.


-install-language <langID>

Include in -install-options to set the installation language.

Set the language to the specified language ID in decimal. 1033 = English (US). 0 = System default. See Language IDs for a list of langIDs.

Requires administrative privileges.


-save-install-options <user-install-option-flags>

Include in -install-options to save user install options to the registry.

user-install-option-flags in decimal, can be zero or more of the following:

FlagDescription
1Update notifications
2Install Quick Launch shortcut
4Choose volumes

Requires administrative privileges.


File Lists

Command line options to manipulate Everything file lists EFU files.


[file-list-filename]

Open the specified file list.


-create-file-list <filename> <path>

Create a file list of a path. When this command completes Everything.exe will exit, no search window is shown.


-create-file-list-exclude-files <filters>

Set a semicolon delimited wildcard filter of files to exclude with -create-file-list.

Prefix a filter with regex: to use Regex.


-create-file-list-exclude-folders <filters>

Set a semicolon delimited wildcard filter of folders to exclude with -create-file-list.

Prefix a filter with regex: to use Regex.


-create-file-list-include-only-files <filters>

Set a semicolon delimited wildcard filter of files to include only with -create-file-list.

Prefix a filter with regex: to use Regex.


-edit <filename>

Open the specified file list with the file list editor.


-f <filename>

-filelist <filename>

Open a file list.


ETP

Command line options to connect to an ETP server.


Link type for ETP connections. Use with -connect.


-connect <[username[:password]@]host[:port]>

Connect to an ETP server.


Searching

Command line options to manipulate the search.


-bookmark <name>

Open a bookmark.


-case

-nocase

Enable or disable case matching.


-diacritics

-nodiacritics

Enable or disable diacritics matching.


-filename <filename>

Search for a file or folder by filename.


-filter <name>

Select a search filter.


-l

-local

Load the local database.


-matchpath

-nomatchpath

Enable or disable full path matching.


-p <path>

-path <path>

Search for a path.


-parent <path>

Search for files and folders in path. Does not search subfolders.


-parentpath <path>

Search for the parent of a path.


-regex

-noregex

Enable or disable Regex.


-s <text>

Set the search.


-url <[es:]search>

Set the search from an ES: URL.


-wholeword

-nowholeword

-ww

-noww

Enable or disable match whole word.


-home

Open the home search.


-name-part <filename>

Search for the name part of a filename.


-search-file-list <filename>

Search the specified text file for a list of file names.

Each filename must appear on a single line.

Include a backslash to match the full path and filename.



Results

Command line options to manipulate the results.


-sort <name>

Set the sort to the specified name.


-sort-ascending

Sort ascending.


-sort-descending

Sort descending.


-details

View results in the detail view.


-thumbnail-size <size>

Specify the size of thumbnails in pixels.


-thumbnails

Show results in thumbnail view.


-focus-bottom-result

Focus the bottom result.


-focus-last-run-result

Focus the last run result.


-focus-most-run-result

Focus the most run result.


-focus-results

Focus the result list.


-focus-top-result

Focus the top result.


-select <filename>

Focus and select the specified result.



General

General command line options.


-?

-h

-help

Show this help.


-admin

Run Everything as an administrator.


-client-svc

Everything client service entry point.


-config <filename>

The filename of the ini file.


-console

-debug

Show the debugging console.


-debug-log

Enables debug mode and logs debugging information to disk.


-exit

-quit

Exit an existing "Everything" instance.


-instance <name>

The name of the Everything instance.


-is-run-as

Everything was executed with "runas" and should not attempt to runas again.


-start-client-service

-stop-client-service

Start or stop the Everything client service.


-start-service

-stop-service

Start or stop the Everything service.


-startup

Run Everything in the background.


-svc

Service entry point. Optionally combine with -svc-port.


-svc-port <port>

Run the Everything service on the specified port.


-svc-pipe-name <name>

Host the pipe server with the specified name.


-svc-security-descriptor <sd>

Host the Everything Service pipe server with the specified security descriptor.

Requires Everything 1.4.1.994 or later.


-service-port <port>

Connect to the Everything service on the specified port.


-service-pipe-name <name>

Connect to the Everything service using the specified pipe name.


-verbose

-noverbose

Display all or basic debug messages. combine with -debug.


-first-instance

Only run Everything if this is the first instance of Everything.

If Everything is already running this call will be ignored.


-no-first-instance

Only run Everything if Everything is already running.

If Everything is not running this call will be ignored.




Database

Command line options to manipulate the Everything database.


-db <filename>

The filename of the database. Combine with -read-only.


-load-delay <milliseconds>

The delay in milliseconds before loading the database.

The database is loaded if required before this delay.


-nodb

Do not save to or load from the "Everything" database file.


-read-only

Do not update the database.

Prevents new database creation.


-reindex

Force database rebuild.


-update

Save the database to disk.


-monitor-pause

Pause NTFS, ReFS and folder index monitors.


-monitor-resume

Resume NTFS, ReFS and folder index monitors.


Window

Command line options to manipulate the search window and results.


-fullscreen

-nofullscreen

Show the search window fullscreen or in a window.


-maximized

-nomaximized

Maximize or restore the search window.


-minimized

-nominimized

Minimize or restore the search window.


-newwindow

-nonewwindow

Create a new search window or show an existing window.


-ontop

-noontop

Enable or disable always ontop.


-close

Close the current search window.


-toggle-window

Shows or hides the current search window.




Multi File Renaming

Shows the multi file renamer dialog and does not start Everything.


-copyto [filename1] [filename2] [filename3] [...]

Show the Everything multi file renamer for a copy to operation.


-moveto [filename1] [filename2] [filename3] [...]

Show the Everything multi file renamer for a move to operation.


-rename [filename1] [filename2] [filename3] [...]

Show the Everything multi file renamer for a rename operation.



Notes

Dashes (-) inside switches can be omitted, for example, instead of using -no-new-window, use: -nonewwindow


Use double quotes to escape spaces and switches.


Use ^ to escape \, &, |, >, < and ^.


Use """ to escape a literal "


Examples

Search for ABC or 123:

Everything.exe -s "ABC|123"

Connect to an ETP server:

Everything.exe -connect "ComputerName" -drive-links

Create a filelist mp3 and flac files in D:\Music

Everything.exe -create-file-list "music.efu" "D:\Music" -create-file-list-include-only-files "*.mp3;*.flac"

See also


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