Playing with PowerShell 6.0

by Feb 20, 2017

PowerShell is open source now, and the next big release of PowerShell is being developed in the open. If you’d like to take a peek preview, simply navigate to the open source project release page, and download the appropriate release:

PowerShell 6.0 is also a cross-platform. You find versions for Windows operating systems right next to versions for Linux or OS X.

Once you downloaded a release on Windows systems in ZIP format, make sure you unblock the file first (right-click the file, choose “Properties”, then unblock). Next, extract the archive. Inside of it, you find powershell.exe, and you can double-click this to launch a PowerShell 6.0 console. It’s completely independent of shipping PowerShell versions so you can use it side-by-side with your existing PowerShell version.

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PS C:\Users\tobwe\Downloads\PowerShell_6.0.0-alpha.15-win10-win2k16-x64> $PSVersionTable

Name                           Value
----                           -----
PSVersion                      6.0.0-alpha
WSManStackVersion              3.0
PSCompatibleVersions           {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion      2.3
GitCommitId                    v6.0.0-alpha.15
PSEdition                      Core

PS C:\Users\tobwe\Downloads\PowerShell_6.0.0-alpha.15-win10-win2k16-x64>

If you are a developer, check out the GitHub project: you can view all source codes, and even join the community of people working on this version.

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