November 27, 2015

Creating Symbolic Link (Symlink) in Windows 7

Hi friends,

In Linux, it is easy to create symbolic link (symlink) with "ln" command.
But what about in windows?

I found one GUI and command for creating the symbolic links in windows.

Pre-requisites

  1. Visual Studio 2005 redistributable
  2. Link Shell Extension
  3. Download the above executables from here based on OS and system architecture
  4. For Windows 7 64-bit, I have downloaded the following highlighted in black box

Procedure

  • Install the Visual Studio 2005 redistributable
  • Install Link Shell Extension
  • You should be able to see an option in context menu
  • Select the file/folder
  • Right click and select the option "Pick Link Source"

  • Now, the file is been picked
  • Navigate to go the destination folder where you want to create the symbolic link
  • Right click on the empty space of the folder
  • Select Drop As and select "Hardlink or Symbolic Link" based on your requirement


  • You should be able to see the file type as .symlink


References

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/

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