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.


  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


  • 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


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