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Welcome to the psake project.

psake is a build automation tool written in PowerShell. It avoids the angle-bracket tax associated with executable XML by leveraging the PowerShell syntax in your build scripts. psake has a syntax inspired by rake (aka make in Ruby) and bake (aka make in Boo), but is easier to script because it leverages your existent command-line knowledge.

psake is pronounced sake – as in Japanese rice wine. It does NOT rhyme with make, bake, or rake.

How to get started:

Step 1: Download and extract the project

You will need to "unblock" the zip file before extracting - PowerShell by default does not run files downloaded from the internet. Just right-click the zip and click on "properties" and click on the "unblock" button.

Step 2: CD into the directory where you extracted the project (where the psake.psm1 file is)

Import-Module .\psake.psm1

If you encounter the following error "Import-Module : ...psake.psm1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system. Please see "get-help about_signing" for more details.

  1. Run PowerShell as administrator
  2. Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Get-Help Invoke-psake -Full

  • this will show you help and examples of how to use psake

Step 3: Run some examples

CD .\examples


  • This will execute the "default" task in the "default.ps1"

Invoke-psake .\default.ps1 Clean

  • will execute the single task in the default.ps1 script

How To Contribute, Collaborate, Communicate

If you'd like to get involved with psake, we have discussion groups over at google: psake-dev psake-users

Anyone can fork the main repository and submit patches, as well. And lastly, the wiki and issues list are also open for additions, edits, and discussion.

Also check out the psake-contrib project for scripts,modules and functions to help you with a build


Many thanks for contributions to psake are due (in alphabetical order):

  • candland
  • Staxmanade
  • lanwin
  • smbecker
  • stej


psake is released under the MIT license.


A build automation tool... now with less XML...



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