Batch File Shutdown Commands – How To Shutdown, Reboot And Logoff

In this article, you will learn about different commands and ways to shut down, reboot, and log off the PC. You will learn about batch file shutdown commands in detail.

How to shutdown?
How to log off?
How to hibernate?
How to reboot?
Example: source code
 Batch file shutdown commands

How to shutdown computer using cmd/batch file?

The command used to shut down computer is

shutdown /s /f /t 0

Shut down computer using cmd

Follow these steps to shut down the computer using cmd.

  • Run the command prompt
  • Type the above command and hit enter

    shutdown computer using cmd

    The computer will shut down immediately after hitting this command.

Shutdown computer using a batch file

Here are the steps to shut down a computer using a batch file.

  • Open a notepad and click on new file
  • Paste the shutdown code stated above and save the file as turn_off.bat

    shutdown computer using batch file

  • Once you have saved the file, click on the .bat file and your computer will start shutting down.

Alternately the following code can be used for immediate shutdown.


How to shutdown the computer by setting time using cmd/batch?

The code we stated above is used to shut down the computer immediately after hitting the code. We have to use the following command to set the timing for shutting down.

For example, the following code is used to shut down a computer in 60 seconds.

SHUTDOWN /s /t 60 /c

How to log off a computer using batch/cmd?

Logging off means signing out of from the current logged in account. Here is the code to log off or sign out.


where l signifies shortcut command for logging off.

How to hibernate a computer using batch/cmd?

Hibernating is same as shutting down but when you hibernate your computer, it stores and remembers the previous state of the computer before hibernating and it will resume from there.

Here is the code to hibernate a computer.


How to reboot a computer using batch/cmd?

Here is the code required to reboot a computer, be it from command prompt or batch file.

Here is the code to reboot a computer.

SHUTDOWN -r -t 10

This is the code to reboot the computer in 10 seconds.

Batch file program to shutdown, reboot, hibernate, and logoff the computer

Let’s take an example where the user will be asked to enter an option whether to logoff or reboot or hibernate or to shutdown the computer.

Here is the source code.

@echo OFF

ECHO "Choose an option .."
ECHO "1 = Logoff"
ECHO "2 = Reboot"
ECHO "3 = Hibernate"
ECHO "4 = Shutdown"

SET /p option=Choose one option-

IF %option%==1 SHUTDOWN /l
IF %option%==2 SHUTDOWN -r -t 10
IF %option%==3 SHUTDOWN /h
IF %option%==4 SHUTDOWN /s /f /t 0


Save this as .bat file and double click on it to run. The output console will be like the following.

batch file program to shutdown

Now depending on the option you choose the computer will be either shut down, logoff, hibernate or reboot.