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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.

Windows PowerShell vs. PowerShell Core

Although this repository started as a fork of the Windows PowerShell codebase, changes made in this repository do not make their way back to Windows PowerShell 5.1 automatically. This also means that issues tracked here are only for PowerShell Core 6 and higher. Windows PowerShell specific issues should be reported with the Feedback Hub app, by choosing "Apps > PowerShell" in category.

New to PowerShell?

If you are new to PowerShell and would like to learn more, we recommend reviewing the getting started documentation.

Get PowerShell

You can download and install a PowerShell package for any of the following platforms.

Supported Platform Download (LTS) Downloads (stable) Downloads (preview) How to Install
Windows (x64) .msi .msi .msi Instructions
Windows (x86) .msi .msi .msi Instructions
Ubuntu 22.04 .deb .deb .deb Instructions
Ubuntu 20.04 .deb .deb .deb Instructions
Ubuntu 18.04 .deb .deb .deb Instructions
Ubuntu 16.04 .deb N/A N/A Instructions
Debian 10 .deb .deb .deb Instructions
Debian 11 .deb .deb .deb
CentOS 7 .rpm .rpm .rpm Instructions
CentOS 8 .rpm .rpm .rpm
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 .rpm .rpm .rpm Instructions
openSUSE 42.3 .rpm .rpm .rpm Instructions
Fedora 35 .rpm .rpm .rpm Instructions
macOS 10.13+ (x64) .pkg .pkg .pkg Instructions
macOS 11+ (arm64) .pkg .pkg .pkg Instructions
Docker Instructions

You can download and install a PowerShell package for any of the following platforms, which are supported by the community.

Platform Downloads (stable) Downloads (preview) How to Install
Arch Linux Instructions
Kali Linux .deb .deb Instructions
Many Linux distributions Snapcraft Snapcraft

You can also download the PowerShell binary archives for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Platform Downloads (stable) Downloads (preview) How to Install
Windows 32-bit/64-bit 32-bit/64-bit Instructions
macOS (x64) 64-bit 64-bit Instructions
macOS (arm64) 64-bit 64-bit Instructions
Linux 64-bit 64-bit Instructions
Windows (ARM) 64-bit (preview) 64-bit Instructions
Raspbian (ARM) 32-bit/64-bit 32-bit/64-bit Instructions

To install a specific version, visit releases.

Community Dashboard

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.


GitHub Discussions is a feature to enable fluid and open discussions within the community for topics that are not related to code, unlike issues.

This is an experiment we are trying in our repositories to see if it helps move discussions out of issues so that issues remain actionable by the team or members of the community. There should be no expectation that PowerShell team members are regular participants in the discussions. Individual PowerShell team members may choose to participate in discussions, but the expectation is that community members help drive discussions so that team members can focus on issues.

Create or join a discussion.


Want to chat with other members of the PowerShell community?

There are dozens of topic specific channels on our community-driven PowerShell Virtual User Group, which you can join on:

Add-ons and libraries

Awesome PowerShell has a great curated list of add-ons and resources.

Building the Repository

Linux Windows macOS
Instructions Instructions Instructions

If you have any problems building, consult the developer FAQ.

Build status of nightly builds

Azure CI (Windows) Azure CI (Linux) Azure CI (macOS) CodeFactor Grade
windows-nightly-image linux-nightly-image macOS-nightly-image cf-image

Downloading the Source Code

You can just clone the repository:

git clone

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 are developing .NET Core C# applications targeting PowerShell Core, 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.


For support, see the Support Section.

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:


Please visit our about_Telemetry topic to read details about telemetry gathered by PowerShell.


The governance policy for the PowerShell project is described here.

Code of Conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.