Welcome to the PowerShell GitHub Community! PowerShell is a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, and macOS) automation and configuration tool/framework that works well with your existing tools and is optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. It includes a command-line shell, an associated scripting language and a framework for processing cmdlets.
New to PowerShell?
If you are new to PowerShell and would like to learn more, we recommend reviewing the getting started documentation.
You can download and install a PowerShell package for any of the following platforms.
|Platform||Downloads||How to Install|
|Windows 10 / Server 2016 (x64)||.msi||Instructions|
|Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 (x64)||.msi||Instructions|
|Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 (x64)||.msi||Instructions|
|Windows 7 (x86)||.msi||Instructions|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7||.rpm||Instructions|
|Many Linux distributions||.AppImage||Instructions|
To install a specific version, visit releases.
Dashboard with visualizations for community contributions and project status using PowerShell, Azure, and PowerBI.
For more information on how and why we built this dashboard, check out this blog post.
Want to chat with other members of the PowerShell community?
We have a Gitter Room which you can join below.
There is also the community driven PowerShell Slack Team which you can sign up for at Slack Sign up.
Add-ons and libraries
Awesome PowerShell is a great curated list of add-ons and resources.
Building the Repository
If you have any problems building, please consult the developer FAQ.
Build status of master branches
|AppVeyor (Windows)||Travis CI (Linux / macOS)|
Build status of nightly builds
|AppVeyor (Windows)||Travis CI (Linux / macOS)||Code Coverage Status|
Downloading the Source Code
The PowerShell repository has a number of other repositories embedded as submodules.
To make things easy, you can just clone recursively:
git clone --recursive https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell.git
If you already cloned but forgot to use
--recursive, you can update submodules manually:
git submodule update --init
See working with the PowerShell repository for more information.
Developing and Contributing
Please see the Contribution Guide for how to develop and contribute.
If you have any problems, please consult the known issues, developer FAQ, and GitHub issues. If you do not see your problem captured, please file a new issue and follow the provided template. If you are developing .NET Core C# applications targeting PowerShell Core, please check out our FAQ to learn more about the PowerShell SDK NuGet package.
Also make sure to check out our PowerShell-RFC repository for request-for-comments (RFC) documents to submit and give comments on proposed and future designs.
Legal and Licensing
PowerShell is licensed under the MIT license.
Windows Docker Files and Images
License: By requesting and using the Container OS Image for Windows containers, you acknowledge, understand, and consent to the Supplemental License Terms available on Docker hub:
By default, PowerShell collects the OS description and the version of PowerShell (equivalent to
$PSVersionTable.GitCommitId) using Application Insights.
To opt-out of sending telemetry, delete the file
DELETE_ME_TO_DISABLE_CONSOLEHOST_TELEMETRY before starting PowerShell from the installed location.
The telemetry we collect fall under the Microsoft Privacy Statement.
Governance policy for PowerShell project is described here.