PowerShell 6 is open-source and maintained in a public repository on GitHub. There are frequent releases.
If you don’t want to dig your way through the GitHub front-end to find the download location for the latest PowerShell 6 release, here is a PowerShell way:
$AllProtocols = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]'Ssl3,Tls,Tls11,Tls12' [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = $AllProtocols # get all releases Invoke-RestMethod -Uri https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases.atom -UseBasicParsing | # sort in descending order Sort-Object -Property Updated -Descending | # pick the first (newest) release and get a link Select-Object -ExpandProperty Link -First 1 | # pick a URL Select-Object -ExpandProperty HRef
(Note that explicitly enabling SSL is required only up until Windows 10 1803.)
This gets you the URL for the latest PowerShell 6 release page. On it, you find the downloads for the different supported platforms.
Then again, there is an easier way, too: navigate to https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/latest
However, this won’t provide you with the URL and tag information. Instead, you are simply redirected to the appropriate URL.
Here is a hybrid of both: use the shortcut to the latest release, but do not allow redirects. This way, PowerShell is reporting the complete URL back to you:
$AllProtocols = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]'Ssl3,Tls,Tls11,Tls12' [Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = $AllProtocols # add a random number to the URL to trick proxies $url = "https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/latest?dummy=$(Get-Random)" $request = [System.Net.WebRequest]::Create($url) # do not allow to redirect. The result is a "MovedPermanently" $request.AllowAutoRedirect=$false # send the request $response = $request.GetResponse() # get back the URL of the true destination page, and split off the version $realURL = $response.GetResponseHeader("Location") # make sure to clean up $response.Close() $response.Dispose() $realURL
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