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Command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. See also: pwsh. More information:

  • Start an interactive shell session:


  • Start an interactive shell session without loading startup configs:

powershell -NoProfile

  • Execute specific commands:

powershell -Command "{{echo 'powershell is executed'}}"

  • Execute a specific script:

powershell -File {{path/to/script.ps1}}

  • Start a session with a specific version of PowerShell:

powershell -Version {{version}}

  • Prevent a shell from exit after running startup commands:

powershell -NoExit

  • Describe the format of data sent to PowerShell:

powershell -InputFormat {{Text|XML}}

  • Determine how an output from PowerShell is formatted:

powershell -OutputFormat {{Text|XML}}