Network Shell (netsh)


netsh [OPTIONS]


Commands in this context:
..             - Goes up one context level.
?              - Displays a list of commands.
abort          - Discards changes made while in offline mode.
add            - Adds a configuration entry to a list of entries.
advfirewall    - Changes to the `netsh advfirewall' context.
alias          - Adds an alias.
branchcache    - Changes to the `netsh branchcache' context.
bridge         - Changes to the `netsh bridge' context.
bye            - Exits the program.
commit         - Commits changes made while in offline mode.
delete         - Deletes a configuration entry from a list of entries.
dhcpclient     - Changes to the `netsh dhcpclient' context.
dnsclient      - Changes to the `netsh dnsclient' context.
dump           - Displays a configuration script.
exec           - Runs a script file.
exit           - Exits the program.
firewall       - Changes to the `netsh firewall' context.
help           - Displays a list of commands.
http           - Changes to the `netsh http' context.
interface      - Changes to the `netsh interface' context.
ipsec          - Changes to the `netsh ipsec' context.
lan            - Changes to the `netsh lan' context.
mbn            - Changes to the `netsh mbn' context.
namespace      - Changes to the `netsh namespace' context.
netio          - Changes to the `netsh netio' context.
offline        - Sets the current mode to offline.
online         - Sets the current mode to online.
p2p            - Changes to the `netsh p2p' context.
popd           - Pops a context from the stack.
pushd          - Pushes current context on stack.
quit           - Exits the program.
ras            - Changes to the `netsh ras' context.
rpc            - Changes to the `netsh rpc' context.
set            - Updates configuration settings.
show           - Displays information.
trace          - Changes to the `netsh trace' context.
unalias        - Deletes an alias.
wcn            - Changes to the `netsh wcn' context.
wfp            - Changes to the `netsh wfp' context.
winhttp        - Changes to the `netsh winhttp' context.
winsock        - Changes to the `netsh winsock' context.
wlan           - Changes to the `netsh wlan' context.

The following sub-contexts are available:
 advfirewall branchcache bridge dhcpclient dnsclient firewall http interface ipsec lan mbn namespace netio p2p ras rpc trace wcn wfp winhttp winsock wlan


Show known Wi-Fi networks

netsh wlan show profile

Show passwords from known networks (admin required)

netsh wlan show profile "<profilename>" key=clear

Show Current IP configuration

$ netsh interface ip show config

Configuration for interface "Ethernet"
    DHCP enabled:                         Yes
    IP Address:                 
    Subnet Prefix:               (mask
    Default Gateway:            
    Gateway Metric:                       0
    InterfaceMetric:                      25
    DNS servers configured through DHCP:
    Register with which suffix:           Primary only
    WINS servers configured through DHCP: None

Create Mobile Hotspot

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=12345678

Start the Mobile hotspot with netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Show Current Firewall Configuration

$ netsh advfirewall show currentprofile

Public Profile Settings:
State                                 ON
Firewall Policy                       BlockInbound,AllowOutbound
LocalFirewallRules                    N/A (GPO-store only)
LocalConSecRules                      N/A (GPO-store only)
InboundUserNotification               Enable
RemoteManagement                      Disable
UnicastResponseToMulticast            Enable

LogAllowedConnections                 Disable
LogDroppedConnections                 Disable
FileName                              %systemroot%\system32\LogFiles\Firewall\pfirewall.log
MaxFileSize                           4096


List all firewall rules currently active: netsh advfirewall firewall show rule name=all

Remote Port Forwarding

  • v4tov4 - Makes sure IPv4 to IPv4 routing is done.
  • listenport - Port to listen on the local host.
  • listenaddress - IP address to listen on local machine.
  • connectport - The local port that is forwarded listenport.
  • connectaddress - The remote host to connect the session to.
netsh interface portproxy add v4tov4 listenport=1234 listenaddress= connectport=445 connectaddress=

NOTE default firewall rules will not allow 1234 to direct traffic outbound. The command below creates the allow rule.

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="forward_port_rule" protocol=TCP dir=in localip= localport=1234 action=allow

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