Exec Method (Windows Script Host)

Runs an application in a child command-shell, providing access to the StdIn/StdOut/StdErr streams.

Syntax

object.Exec(strCommand)

Arguments

  • object
    WshShell object.

  • strCommand
    String value indicating the command line used to run the script. The command line should appear exactly as it would if you typed it at the command prompt.

Remarks

The Exec method returns a WshScriptExec object, which provides status and error information about a script run with Exec along with access to the StdIn, StdOut, and StdErr channels. The Exec method allows the execution of command line applications only. The Exec method cannot be used to run remote scripts. Do not confuse the Exec method with the Execute method (of the WshRemote object).

Legacy Code Example

The following example demonstrates the basics of the Exec method.

Dim WshShell, oExec
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

Set oExec = WshShell.Exec("calc")

Do While oExec.Status = 0
     WScript.Sleep 100
Loop

WScript.Echo oExec.Status
var WshShell = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");
var oExec = WshShell.Exec("calc");

while (oExec.Status == 0)
{
     WScript.Sleep(100);
}

WScript.Echo(oExec.Status);

Applies To:

WshShell Object

See Also

WshScriptExec Object