Mass File Management Via Command Line: Drag and Drop Robot

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Drag and Drop Robot is a free mass file management software for Windows where with the help of configuration files and the command line you can automate and perform various different actions on files and folders. You’re gonna have to write command prompt commands directly for the applications that you’re interested in using. After that Drag and Drop Robot will allow you to execute those commands on a large number of files and folders at once.

What this free mass file management automatization software does is allow all those who are more comfortable with the command line, to write special configuration files, seen in the top left corner on the image above, and then run those commands on all the files and folders added to the Queue down below. An example of a command to ZIP up files and folders is this:

C:\Program Files\WinZip\WINZIP32.EXE -a -r "%2.zip" "%2"

To setup a command like this, you’re gonna have to read up on how the application that you plan on using works. This means that you need to find out which triggers are used after the executable to make the application work a specific way. On the command above triggers would be -a, -r and all the rest.

Drag and Drop Robot default window

Similar software: Perfect Automation, TimeComX, Do It Again.

Key features of Drag and Drop Robot are:

  • Free mass management software for managing multiple files and folders
  • Pass commands directly to the application using the command line
  • Allows you to save command configuration files and reuse or share them
  • BAT and COM scripts can also be opened up and action from them automated
  • Select how folders will be managed, recurse 1 level, all, drooped, etc.
  • Put delays on command executions to lighten the load on the CPU

How to automate file and folder management in combination with the command line using Drag and Drop Robot

First thing which you need to do we have already mentioned above, find out how the command prompt version of the action that you would like to perform with an application looks like. Read the documentation of the application, if it even supports doing something like this. After you have the command, add it to the command field in the center of the window.

Drag and Drop Robot added command files

Rest of the fields that’re available are for additional trigger that you want to pass to the selected executable. Clicking on the open file folder icon you can select batch scripts. Drag and drop the files to the queue down below. If you want you can save the created command by clicking on File >> Save Configuration File. When you’re done, click on the Start button and the command that you’ve entered will be applied to all the folder and files that you have added to the list.

Conclusion

Drag and Drop Robot is a bit more difficult to master, especially the commands for applications that you’d like to use, but this free mass file and folder manipulation software is aimed more for advanced users, who know their way around the command line. Every application to which you can pass commands via the command line can be used with Drag and Drop Robot.

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Works With: Windows
Free/Paid: Free