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Using the Pipeline


PowerShell is a powerful scripting language that comes with Windows operating systems. One of its most useful features is the pipeline, which allows you to pass objects from one command to another. In this post, we'll explore how to use the PowerShell pipeline to make your scripts more efficient and powerful.

What is the PowerShell pipeline?

The PowerShell pipeline is a mechanism for passing objects from one command to another. You can think of it as a series of connected pipes, where objects flow from one end to the other. Each pipe represents a command, and the objects that flow through the pipeline are the input and output of each command.

When you run a PowerShell command, it produces output. By default, this output is displayed in the console, but you can also capture it and use it as input for another command. For example, you can use the output of a Get-Process command as input for a Stop-Process command, effectively stopping a set of processes in one line of code.

How to use the PowerShell pipeline?

Using the PowerShell pipeline is easy. To send output from one command to another, you simply use the pipe symbol (|). Here's an example:

Get-ChildItem | Where-Object {$_.Extension -eq ".txt"} | Select-Object FullName

In this example, we're using three commands: Get-ChildItem, Where-Object, and Select-Object. The Get-ChildItem command returns a list of files and folders in the current directory. We're then using the Where-Object command to filter the list and only include files with a .txt extension. Finally, we're using the Select-Object command to display the full path of each file.

By using the PowerShell pipeline, we're able to perform these three operations in one line of code, without having to save the output of each command to a variable and pass it to the next command.

Tips for using the PowerShell pipeline

Here are some tips for using the PowerShell pipeline effectively:

Conclusion

The PowerShell pipeline is a powerful tool for working with objects in PowerShell. By passing objects from one command to another, you can perform complex operations with just a few lines of code. If you're not already using the pipeline in your PowerShell scripts, give it a try and see how it can make your scripts more efficient and powerful.

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Posted: 2023-04-11
By: dwirch
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