timeout

Pauses the command processor for the specified number of seconds.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.

Syntax

timeout /t <TimeoutInSeconds> [/nobreak] 

Parameters

Parameter Description
/t <TimeoutInSeconds> Specifies the decimal number of seconds (between -1 and 99999) to wait before the command processor continues processing. The value -1 causes the computer to wait indefinitely for a keystroke.
/nobreak Specifies to ignore user key strokes.
/? Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • The timeout command is typically used in batch files.
  • A user keystroke resumes the command processor execution immediately, even if the timeout period has not expired.
  • When used in conjunction with the sleep command, timeout is similar to the pause command.

Examples

To pause the command processor for ten seconds, type:

timeout /t 10

To pause the command processor for 100 seconds and ignore any keystroke, type:

timeout /t 100 /nobreak

To pause the command processor indefinitely until a key is pressed, type:

timeout /t -1

Additional references

Command-Line Syntax Key