The HOSTNAME command in Windows CMD is used to display the system’s current hostname, which is the label assigned to the device on a network. It is primarily used in network configuration and troubleshooting scenarios to ensure that the network resources are properly identified and accessible.


The syntax for the HOSTNAME command is very straightforward as it does not take any arguments:



Since HOSTNAME does not accept any options or flags, its usage is simple and does not vary. This makes it one of the easier commands to use in the Windows command line toolkit.


Here are a few examples of how HOSTNAME might be used in practice:

  • Basic Usage: Simply type the command to display the name of the computer:

    This will output the current computer’s network name.

Common Issues

The HOSTNAME command is very straightforward, but users may encounter a few common issues:

  • Access Denied: If you receive an ‘Access is denied’ error, ensure you have the necessary privileges to run the command prompt.
  • Network Configuration Misunderstandings: Sometimes, users might think this command can change the hostname, but it only displays it. To change the hostname, administrative tools or system settings must be used.


HOSTNAME can be incorporated into more complex batch scripts or used in conjunction with other commands for network management tasks. For example:

  • Combining with IPCONFIG to display both IP address and hostname:
    @echo off
    echo Hostname:
    echo IP Address:
    IPCONFIG | findstr /R /C:"IPv4 Address"

This script provides a quick overview of the networking setup of the host.

  • IPCONFIG: Displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values, including IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway.
  • PING: Send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST packets to network hosts, useful for diagnosing IP network or router failures. Combine with HOSTNAME to verify network connectivity to or from the host.

For detailed information and documentation, Microsoft’s official command-line reference can be useful, which is accessible through their official website or built-in Windows help systems.

By understanding the usage of the HOSTNAME command, system administrators and users can effectively maintain and troubleshoot network-related aspects of Windows computers.