# Getting Started With Command-Line Utilities

Standard command-line utilities are located in a folder defined by the Windows environment variable `%plesk_cli%`. By default, it is `C:\Program Files (x86)\Parallels\Plesk\bin`.

Extended command-line utilities are located in a folder defined by the Windows environment variable `%plesk_bin%`. By default, it is `C:\Program Files (x86)\Parallels\Plesk\admin\bin`.

To run command line utilities:

2. Use one of the following options to run a utility:
• To run an utility from any directory, use the following command line format:

%plesk_cli%\<utility name> [commands] [options]

or

%plesk_bin%\<utility name> [commands] [options]

• To make `%plesk_bin%` or `%plesk_cli% `your current directory and run a utility from its home directory, run the following commands:
• cd %plesk_cli%

<utility name> [commands] [options]

or

cd %plesk_bin%

<utility name> [commands] [options]

• To run an utility using a special plesk utility, run the following command:

plesk bin <utility name> [commands] [options]

For exact command syntax of each utility, consult the corresponding sections in the Chapter "Using Command Line Utilities".

: All input parameters for the utilities must be passed in the UTF-8 encoding. It is the required condition for Plesk stable work.