In tip 8204, I scripted FindIt.bat to return the list of file names that contained a specified string.

If you wish to return the file name, line number, and line text that contain a specified string, use FindString.bat.

The syntax for using FindString.bat is:

\[call\] FindString StartPath Mask "String"


<b>StartPath</b> is the drive or folder you want to search. All sub-folders of <b>StartPath</b> are also searched.

<b>Mask</b>      is the file mask. An <b>*.*</b> will search all files in <b>StartPath</b>,
          while a mask of <b>*.txt</b> will only search files with a <b>.txt</b> extension.

<b>String</b>    is the string you are searching for.
The output is displayed on the console, but you can redirect it to a file using:

\[call\] FindString StartPath Mask "String">FileName

If you wish to process the output, use a command like:

for /f "Tokens=1-3* Delims=:""" %%a in ('FindString StartPath Mask "String"') do (
 set FileName="%%a:%%b"
 set LineNumb=%%c
 set LineText=%%d
 call :process
StartPath.bat contains:
@echo off
if \{%3\}==\{\} @echo Syntax: FindString Folder FileMask "String"&goto :EOF
set folder=%1
set mask=%2
set string=%3
set folder=%folder:"=%#
set folder=%folder:/#=%
set folder=%folder:#=%
set mask=%mask:"=%
set string=%string:"=%
for /f "Tokens=*" %%f in ('dir "%folder%\%mask%" /s /b') do (
 for /f "Tokens=*"  %%t in ('type "%%f"^|findstr /L /I /N /C:"%string%"') do (
 @echo %%f:%%t