I recently came across a FREE utility called IsCommandLineApp from Helge Klein, a little command-line tool that can be used to determine whether a specific executable is a command-line program. To run this against multiple executables manually is a kind of a pain, so I decided to write a PowerShell script that runs IsCommandLineapp against a defined Folder and all it’s subfolders.
To run the script, first download the IsCommandLineApp from here and then edit the variable $IsCommandLineApp so that it points to the location where you have stored the tool. If you want to search through another folder than C:\Windows change the variable $StartPath
# Script Name : listcommandlineapps.ps1
# Author: Alex Verboon
# Date: May 2012
# Purpose: List all executables that are a commandline application
$ErrorActionPreference = "SilentlyContinue"
$IsCommandLineApp = "c:\Tools\IsCommandLineApp.exe"
$StartPath = "c:\windows\"
if (Test-Path $IsCommandLineApp)
# IscommandlineApp.exe found
echo($IsCommandLineApp + " not found. Download from http://helgeklein.com/free-tools/iscommandlineapp/")
$stringA = "is not a"
$files = get-childitem $StartPath -filter *.exe -recurse
foreach ($file in $files)
$a = & $IsCommandLineApp $file.FullName
if ( ($a.Contains($stringA)))
To get all the results into a text file run listcommandlineapps.ps1 >allcmdapps.txt