Make Directory - Creates a new folder.

Syntax MD [drive:]path Key The path can consist of any valid characters up to the maximum path length available

You should avoid using the following characters in folder names - they are known to cause problems

© ® " - & ' ^ ( ) and @

also many extended characters may not be recognised by older 16 bit windows applications.

The maximum length of a full pathname (folders and filename) under NTFS or FAT is 260 characters.

Folder names are not case sensitive, but only folder names longer than 8 characters will always retain their case, as typed.

For Example

C:\temp> MD MyFolder

Make several folders with one command

C:\temp> MD Alpha Beta Gamma

will create




Make an entire path

MD creates any intermediate directories in the path, if needed.

For example, assuming \utils does not exist then:

MD \utils\downloads\Editor is the same as: md \utils cd \utils md downloads cd downloads md Editor

for long filenames include quotes

MD "\utils\downloads\Super New Editor"

You cannot create a folder with the same name as any of the following devices:


This limitation ensures that redirection to these devices will always work.

If you plan to copy data onto CDROM avoid folder trees more than 8 folders deep

MKDIR is a synonym for MD

"We are American at puberty. We die French" - Evelyn Waugh


RD - Delete folders or entire folder trees

Linkd - link an NTFS directory to a target object. (Win 2K ResKit)

powershell: New-Item -path c:\ -name "Demo Folder" -type directory

Equivalent bash command (Linux): mkdir - Create new folder(s)