Manage the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). The BITS Service can be used to transfer large files from remote hosts. BITS supports throttled and asynchronous transfer of files between machines using idle network bandwidth. This service is used by Windows Update, SUS, SMS and many third party packages.
BITSADMIN is deprecated in Windows 7 and 2008 R2, it is superceeded by the new PowerShell BITS cmdlets.
Syntax BITSADMIN [/RAWRETURN] [/WRAP | /NOWRAP] command The following commands are available: /UTIL /? Print the list of utilities commands /PEERCACHING /? Print the list of commands to manage Peercaching /CACHE /? Print the list of cache management commands /PEERS /? Print the list of peer management commands /LIST [/ALLUSERS] [/VERBOSE] List the jobs /MONITOR [/ALLUSERS] [/REFRESH sec] Monitor the copy manager /RESET [/ALLUSERS] Delete all jobs in the manager /TRANSFER job name [type] [/PRIORITY priority] [/ACLFLAGS flags] remote_url local_name Transfer one of more files. [type] can be /DOWNLOAD or /UPLOAD; default is download Multiple URL/file pairs can be specified. Unlike most commands, job name can only be a name and not a GUID. /CREATE [type] job name Create a job [type] can be /DOWNLOAD, /UPLOAD, or /UPLOAD-REPLY; default is download Unlike most commands, job name can only be a name and not a GUID. /INFO job [/VERBOSE] Display information about the job /ADDFILE job remote_url local_name Add a file to the job /ADDFILESET job textfile Add multiple files to the job Each line of textfile lists a file's remote name and local name, separated by spaces. A line beginning with '#' is treated as a comment. Once the file set is read into memory, the contents are added to the job. /ADDFILEWITHRANGES job remote_url local_name range_list Like /ADDFILE, but BITS will read only selected byte ranges of the URL. range_list is a comma-delimited series of offset and length pairs. For example, 0:100,2000:100,5000:eof instructs BITS to read 100 bytes starting at offset zero, 100 bytes starting at offset 2000, and the remainder of the URL starting at offset 5000. /REPLACEREMOTEPREFIX job old_prefix new_prefix All files whose URL begins with old_prefix are changed to use new_prefix Note that BITS currently supports HTTP/HTTPS downloads and uploads. It also supports UNC paths and file:// paths as URLS /LISTFILES job List the files in the job /SUSPEND job Suspend the job /RESUME job Resume the job /CANCEL job Cancel the job /COMPLETE job Complete the job /GETTYPE job Retrieve the job type /GETACLFLAGS job Retrieve the ACL propagation flags /SETACLFLAGS job ACL_flags Set the ACL propagation flags for the job O - OWNER G - GROUP D - DACL S - SACL Examples: bitsadmin /setaclflags MyJob OGDS bitsadmin /setaclflags MyJob OGD /GETBYTESTOTAL job Retrieve the size of the job /GETBYTESTRANSFERRED job Retrieve the number of bytes transferred /GETFILESTOTAL job Retrieve the number of files in the job /GETFILESTRANSFERRED job Retrieve the number of files transferred /GETCREATIONTIME job Retrieve the job creation time /GETMODIFICATIONTIME job Retrieve the job modification time /GETCOMPLETIONTIME job Retrieve the job completion time /GETSTATE job Retrieve the job state /GETERROR job Retrieve detailed error information /GETOWNER job Retrieve the job owner /GETDISPLAYNAME job Retrieve the job display name /SETDISPLAYNAME job display_name Set the job display name /GETDESCRIPTION job Retrieve the job description /SETDESCRIPTION job description Set the job description /GETPRIORITY job Retrieve the job priority /SETPRIORITY job priority Set the job priority Priority usage choices: FOREGROUND HIGH NORMAL LOW /GETNOTIFYFLAGS job Retrieve the notify flags /SETNOTIFYFLAGS job notify_flags Set the notify flags /GETNOTIFYINTERFACE job Determines if notify interface is registered /GETMINRETRYDELAY job Retrieve the retry delay in seconds /SETMINRETRYDELAY job retry_delay Set the retry delay in seconds /GETNOPROGRESSTIMEOUT job Retrieve the no progress timeout in seconds /SETNOPROGRESSTIMEOUT job timeout Set the no progress timeout in seconds /GETMAXDOWNLOADTIME job Retrieve the download timeout in seconds /SETMAXDOWNLOADTIME job timeout Set the download timeout in seconds /GETERRORCOUNT job Retrieve an error count for the job /SETPROXYSETTINGS job usage Set the proxy usage usage choices: PRECONFIG - Use the owner's IE defaults. AUTODETECT - Force autodetection of proxy. NO_PROXY - Do not use a proxy server. OVERRIDE - Use an explicit proxy list and bypass list. Must be followed by a proxy list and a proxy bypass list. NULL or "" can be used for an empty proxy bypass list. Examples: bitsadmin /setproxysettings MyJob PRECONFIG bitsadmin /setproxysettings MyJob AUTODETECT bitsadmin /setproxysettings MyJob NO_PROXY bitsadmin /setproxysettings MyJob OVERRIDE proxy1:80 "local" bitsadmin /setproxysettings MyJob OVERRIDE proxy1,proxy2,proxy3 NULL /GETPROXYUSAGE job Retrieve the proxy usage setting /GETPROXYLIST job Retrieve the proxy list /GETPROXYBYPASSLIST job Retrieve the proxy bypass list /TAKEOWNERSHIP job Take ownership of the job /SETNOTIFYCMDLINE job program_name [program_parameters] Sets a program to execute for notification, and optionally parameters. The program name and parameters can be NULL. IMPORTANT: if parameters are non-NULL, then the program name should be the first parameter. Examples: bitsadmin /SetNotifyCmdLine MyJob c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe NULL bitsadmin /SetNotifyCmdLine MyJob c:\foo.exe "c:\foo.exe parm1 parm2" bitsadmin /SetNotifyCmdLine MyJob NULL NULL /GETNOTIFYCMDLINE job Return the job's notification command line /SETCREDENTIALS job target scheme username password Adds credentials to a job. target can be either SERVER or PROXY scheme can be BASIC, DIGEST, NTLM, NEGOTIATE, or PASSPORT. /REMOVECREDENTIALS job target scheme Removes credentials from a job. /GETCUSTOMHEADERS job Get the Custom HTTP Headers /SETCUSTOMHEADERS job header1 header2 ... Set the Custom HTTP Headers /GETCLIENTCERTIFICATE job Get the job's Client Certificate Information /SETCLIENTCERTIFICATEBYID job store_location store_name hexa-decimal_cert_id Set a client authentication certificate to a job. store_location can be 1(CURRENT_USER), 2(LOCAL_MACHINE), 3(CURRENT_SERVICE), 4(SERVICES), 5(USERS), 6(CURRENT_USER_GROUP_POLICY), 7(LOCAL_MACHINE_GROUP_POLICY) or 8(LOCAL_MACHINE_ENTERPRISE). /SETCLIENTCERTIFICATEBYNAME job store_location store_name subject_name Set a client authentication certificate to a job. store_location can be 1(CURRENT_USER), 2(LOCAL_MACHINE), 3(CURRENT_SERVICE), 4(SERVICES), 5(USERS), 6(CURRENT_USER_GROUP_POLICY), 7(LOCAL_MACHINE_GROUP_POLICY) or 8(LOCAL_MACHINE_ENTERPRISE). /REMOVECLIENTCERTIFICATE job Remove the Client Certificate Information from the job /SETSECURITYFLAGS job value Set the HTTP security flags for URL redirection and checks performed on the server cert. during the transfer. The value is an unsigned integer with the following interpretation for the bits in the binary representation. Enable CRL Check : Set the least significant bit Ignore invalid common name in server certificate : Set the 2nd bit from right Ignore invalid date in server certificate : Set the 3rd bit from right Ignore invalid certificate authority in server certificate : Set the 4th bit from right Ignore invalid usage of certificate : Set the 5th bit from right Redirection policy : Controlled by the 9th-11th bits from right 0,0,0 - Redirects will be automatically allowed. 0,0,1 - Remote name in the IBackgroundCopyFile interface will be updated if a redirect occurs. 0,1,0 - BITS will fail the job if a redirect occurs. Allow redirection from HTTPS to HTTP : Set the 12th bit from right /GETSECURITYFLAGS job Report the HTTP security flags for URL redirection and checks performed on the server certificate during the transfer. /SETVALIDATIONSTATE job file-index true|false
starts from 0 Set the content-validation state of the given file within the job. /GETVALIDATIONSTATE job file-index starts from 0 Report the content-validation state of the given file within the job. /GETTEMPORARYNAME job file-index file-index starts from 0 Report the temporary filename of the given file within the job. The following options control peercaching of a particular job: /SETPEERCACHINGFLAGS job value Sets the flags for the job's peercaching behavior. The value is an unsigned integer with the following interpretation for the bits in the binary representation. Allow the job's data to be downloaded from a peer : Set the least significant bit Allow the job's data to be served to peers : Set the 2nd bit from right /GETPEERCACHINGFLAGS job Report the flags for the job's peercaching behavior. The following options are valid for UPLOAD-REPLY jobs only: /GETREPLYFILENAME job Get the path of the file containing the server reply /SETREPLYFILENAME job path Set the path of the file containing the server reply /GETREPLYPROGRESS job Get the size and progress of the server reply /GETREPLYDATA job Dump the server's reply data in hex format The following options can be placed before the command: /RAWRETURN Return data more suitable for parsing /WRAP Wrap output around console (default) /NOWRAP Don’t wrap output around console The /RAWRETURN option strips new line characters and formatting. It is recognized by the /CREATE and /GET* commands.
Commands that take a job parameter will accept either a job name or a job ID GUID inside braces.
BITSADMIN reports an error if a name is ambiguous.
BITSADMIN does not work with relative paths.
Many commands are only compatible with Microsoft IIS servers (e.g. upload).
BITSADMIN is deprecated in Windows 7 and 2008 R2, it is superceeded by the new PowerShell BITS cmdlets.
Create a new download job:
C:\> Bitsadmin /create /download SS64
Add a file that we want to download to the job and specify a location where the downloaded file will be stored:
C:\> Bitsadmin /addfile SS64 https://download.sysinternals.com/files/SysinternalsSuite.zip c:\PSTools.zip
C:\> Bitsadmin /resume SS64
Check if a download job has finished and if so complete the job:
C:\> Bitsadmin /info SS64 /verbose | find "STATE: TRANSFERRED"
C:\> IF %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 bitsadmin /complete SS64
“Downloading is definitely on the rise, but not because it's free - that's probably third on the list - but because it's immediate and the selection is virtually unlimited” ~ Don Rose
Certutil.exe -urlcache -split - Intended for downloading certificates, but will download any file.
ROBOCOPY - Robust File and Folder Copy.
FTP- File Transfer Protocol.
Powershell: Bits cmdlets
Equivalent bash command (Linux): wget - Retrieve web pages or files, curl - Transfer data to or from a server.