[batch-file] '' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

Whenever I try and run mycommand.exe from my windows cmd.exe terminal, I get this error:

''mycommand.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file'

Then

I also experienced a similar error when I tried to run C:\Program Files\My-App\Mobile.exe

''C:\Program' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file'

This question is related to batch-file cmd

The answer is


When you want to run an executable file from the Command prompt, (cmd.exe), or a batch file, it will:

  • Search the current working directory for the executable file.
  • Search all locations specified in the %PATH% environment variable for the executable file.

If the file isn't found in either of those options you will need to either:

  1. Specify the location of your executable.
  2. Change the working directory to that which holds the executable.
  3. Add the location to %PATH% by apending it, (recommended only with extreme caution).

You can see which locations are specified in %PATH% from the Command prompt, Echo %Path%.

Because of your reported error we can assume that Mobile.exe is not in the current directory or in a location specified within the %Path% variable, so you need to use 1., 2. or 3..

Examples for 1.

C:\directory_path_without_spaces\My-App\Mobile.exe

or:

"C:\directory path with spaces\My-App\Mobile.exe"

Alternatively you may try:

Start C:\directory_path_without_spaces\My-App\Mobile.exe

or

Start "" "C:\directory path with spaces\My-App\Mobile.exe"

Where "" is an empty title, (you can optionally add a string between those doublequotes).

Examples for 2.

CD /D C:\directory_path_without_spaces\My-App
Mobile.exe

or

CD /D "C:\directory path with spaces\My-App"
Mobile.exe

You could also use the /D option with Start to change the working directory for the executable to be run by the start command

Start /D C:\directory_path_without_spaces\My-App Mobile.exe

or

Start "" /D "C:\directory path with spaces\My-App" Mobile.exe