Unix like sudo command on Windows

Common question: ‘Is there any ‘sudo’ command for Windows?’

One of the answers is here.

ConEmu package contains (started from build 121028) batch file %ConEmuBaseDir%\csudo.cmd’. When checkbox ‘Add %ConEmuBaseDir% to %PATH%’ is On (‘ComSpec’ settings page), you may just type csudo in non-elevated prompt in your shell.

Note You may also rename ‘csudo.cmd’ to ‘sudo.cmd’ if you like simple ‘sudo’ notation. And you must rename it if you like to change its contents to avoid loosing your changes when new update of ConEmu arrives.

Note Elevated command will starts in new elevated ConEmu tab or pane.


csudo dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess


Let type in command prompt ‘csudo diskpart’

Running csudo command

Get UAC confirmation on Vista or later

csudo UAC confirmation

Or choose another credentials on Windows 2000 or Windows XP

csudo UAC confirmation

Here we are, diskpart started elevated in a split

Running csudo command

Batch file contents

As you can see, batch contains two parameters, which you may redefine: ConEmuSplit and ConfirmClose.

For example, if you want to start elevated command in new tab rather than in split - just change ‘set ConEmuSplit=VERT’ to ‘set ConEmuSplit=NO’.


@echo off

rem This is analogue for *nix "sudo" command
rem You may rename this file to "sudo.cmd" or use it "as is"
rem Example:
rem csudo dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess


rem Use split screen feature? Possible values: VERT, HORZ, NO
set ConEmuSplit=VERT

rem Show confirmation before closing SUDO tab
rem You may set NO here, if confirmation is not needed
set ConfirmClose=YES

rem You may override default settings in batch-file "csudo_parms.cmd"
if exist "%~dp0csudo_parms.cmd" call "%~dp0csudo_parms.cmd"

rem When possible - use Ansi Esc sequences to print errors
rem Let set "ESC" variable to char with code \x1B
set ESC=

rem It is 64-bit OS?

rem First, try to use 64-bit ConEmuC
if exist "%~dp0ConEmuC64.exe" (
set ConEmuSrvPath="%~dp0ConEmuC64.exe"
goto run

rem Let use 32-bit ConEmuC
if exist "%~dp0ConEmuC.exe" (
set ConEmuSrvPath="%~dp0ConEmuC.exe"
goto run

rem Oops, csudo located in wrong folder
if %ConEmuANSI%==ON (
echo %ESC%[1;31;40mFailed to find ConEmuC.exe or ConEmuC64.exe!%ESC%[0m
) else (
echo Failed to find ConEmuC.exe or ConEmuC64.exe
exit 100
goto :EOF

rem Preparing switches
if %ConEmuSplit%==VERT (
set SPLIT=sV
) else if %ConEmuSplit%==HORZ (
set SPLIT=sH
) else (
set SPLIT=
if %ConfirmClose%==NO (
set ConEmuNewCon=-new_console:an%SPLIT%
) else (
set ConEmuNewCon=-new_console:ac%SPLIT%

if "%~1"=="" (
rem There was no arguments, just start new ComSpec
%ConEmuSrvPath% /c %ComSpec% %ConEmuNewCon%
) else (
rem Start requested command
%ConEmuSrvPath% /c %* %ConEmuNewCon%
rem all done