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Finds text in strings and files in PowerShell. This command can only be used through PowerShell. You can use Select-String similar to grep in UNIX or findstr.exe in Windows. More information:

  • Search for a pattern within a file:

Select-String -Path "{{path\to\file}}" -Pattern '{{search_pattern}}'

  • Search for an exact string (disables regular expressions):

Select-String -SimpleMatch "{{exact_string}}" {{path\to\file}}

  • Search for pattern in all .ext files in current dir:

Select-String -Path "{{*.ext}}" -Pattern '{{search_pattern}}'

  • Capture the specified number of lines before and after the line that matches the pattern:

Select-String --Context {{2,3}} "{{search_pattern}}" {{path\to\file}}

  • Search stdin for lines that do not match a pattern:

Get-Content {{path\to\file}} | Select-String --NotMatch "{{search_pattern}}"