AddConsoleAlias function


This document describes console platform functionality that is no longer a part of our ecosystem roadmap. We do not recommend using this content in new products, but we will continue to support existing usages for the indefinite future. Our preferred modern solution focuses on virtual terminal sequences for maximum compatibility in cross-platform scenarios. You can find more information about this design decision in our classic console vs. virtual terminal document.

Defines a console alias for the specified executable.


BOOL WINAPI AddConsoleAlias(
  _In_ LPCTSTR Source,
  _In_ LPCTSTR Target,
  _In_ LPCTSTR ExeName


Source [in]
The console alias to be mapped to the text specified by Target.

Target [in]
The text to be substituted for Source. If this parameter is NULL, then the console alias is removed.

ExeName [in]
The name of the executable file for which the console alias is to be defined.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is TRUE.

If the function fails, the return value is FALSE. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


To compile an application that uses this function, define _WIN32_WINNT as 0x0501 or later. For more information, see Using the Windows Headers.


This API is not recommended and does not have a virtual terminal equivalent. This decision intentionally aligns the Windows platform with other operating systems where the individual client application acting as a shell or interpreter is expected to maintain its own user-convenience functionality like line reading and manipulation behavior including aliases and command history. Applications remoting via cross-platform utilities and transports like SSH may not work as expected if using this API.


For an example, see Console Aliases.


Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Header ConsoleApi3.h (via WinCon.h, include Windows.h)
Library Kernel32.lib
DLL Kernel32.dll
Unicode and ANSI names AddConsoleAliasW (Unicode) and AddConsoleAliasA (ANSI)

See also

Console Aliases

Console Functions