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Awesome VSCode Snippets for PowerShell

A curated list of awesome vscode snippets for PowerShell.

Inspired by the awesome lists, focusing on PowerShell snippets in VSCode

Awesome

What are snippets

Code snippets are templates that make it easier to enter repeating code patterns, such as loops or conditional-statements. The list of snippets below is not integrated into the extension. However, instead, users can add them to their own, custom snippets file. Check out the VSCode documentation on snippets. It provides an overview and instructions on how to author snippets. It's really simple - just a little bit of JSON.

To contribute, check out our guide here.

Table of contents

Snippet name Description
AssertMock Creates assert mock Pester test
AWSRegionDynamicParameter Creates a dynamic parameter of current AWS regions by @jbruett
DataTable Creates a DataTable
DateTimeWriteVerbose Write-Verbose with the time and date pre-pended to your message by @ThmsRynr
Error-Terminating Create a full terminating error by @omniomi
Exchange Online Connection Create a connection to Exchange Online by @vmsilvamolina
HTML header Add HTML header with the style tag by @vmsilvamolina
MaxColumnLengthinDataTable Gets the max length of string columns in datatables
New Azure Resource Group Create an Azure Resource group by @vmsilvamolina
Parameter-Credential Add a standard credential parameter to your function by @omniomi
PesterTestForMandatoryParameter Create Pester test for a mandatory parameter
PesterTestForParameter Create Pester test for parameter
Send-MailMessage Send an mail message with the most common parameters by @fullenw1

Snippets

Assert Mock

Creates Assert Mock for Pester Tests y @SQLDBAWithABeard

Snippet

"AssertMock": {
    "prefix": "AssertMock",
    "body": [
        "$$assertMockParams = @{",
            "\t'CommandName' = '${1:Command}'",
            "\t'Times'       = ${2:1}",
            "\t'Exactly'     = $$true",
        "}",
        "Assert-MockCalled @assertMockParams"
    ],
    "description": "AssertMock snippet for Pestering"
}

AWSRegionDynamicParameter

Creates a dynamic parameter of the current AWS regions. Includes parameter validation.

Snippet

"AWSRegionDynamicParam": {
    "prefix": "aws_region",
    "body": [
        "DynamicParam {",
            "\t$ParamDictionary = New-Object System.Management.Automation.RuntimeDefinedParameterDictionary",
            "\t$CR_ParamName = 'Region'",
            "\t$CR_AttributeCollection = New-Object System.Collections.ObjectModel.Collection[System.Attribute]",
            "\t$CR_Attribute = New-Object System.Management.Automation.ParameterAttribute",
            "\t$CR_Attribute.HelpMessage = 'List all the regions to be included in the document'",
            "\t$CR_Attribute.Mandatory = $true",
            "\t$CR_Attribute.ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName = $true",
            "\t$CR_AttributeCollection.add($CR_Attribute)",
            "\t$CR_intRegions = Get-AWSRegion -IncludeChina | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Region",
            "\t$CR_intRegions += Get-AWSRegion -IncludeGovCloud | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Region",
            "\t$CR_intRegions = $CR_intRegions | Select-Object -Unique",
            "\t$CR_ValidateSetAttribute = New-Object System.Management.Automation.ValidateSetAttribute($CR_intRegions)",
            "\t$CR_AttributeCollection.add($CR_ValidateSetAttribute)",
            "\t$CR_Param = New-Object System.Management.Automation.RuntimeDefinedParameter($CR_ParamName, [String[]],$CR_AttributeCollection)",
            "\t$ParamDictionary.Add($CR_ParamName, $CR_Param)",
            "\treturn $paramDictionary",
        "\t}"
    ],
    "description": "A dynamic parameter that builds a list of AWS regions"
}

DataTable

Quickly create a Data Table object by @SQLDBAWithABeard.

Snippet

"DataTable": {
    "prefix": "DataTable",
    "body": [
        "# Create DataTable Object",
        "$$table = New-Object system.Data.DataTable $$TableName",

        "\r# Create Columns",
        "$$col1 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn NAME1,([string])",
        "$$col2 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn NAME2,([decimal])",

        "\r#Add the Columns to the table",
        "$$table.columns.add($$col1)",
        "$$table.columns.add($$col2)",

        "\r# Create a new Row",
        "$$row = $$table.NewRow() ",

        "\r# Add values to new row",
        "$$row.Name1 = 'VALUE'",
        "$$row.NAME2 = 'VALUE'",

        "\r#Add new row to table",
        "$$table.Rows.Add($$row)"
    ],
    "description": "Creates a Data Table Object"
}

DateTimeWriteVerbose

Quickly add a Write-Verbose with the current date and time inserted before the message you're going to write to the verbose stream, by @ThmsRynr.

Snippet

"DateTimeWriteVerbose": {
    "prefix": "dtwv",
    "body": [
        "Write-Verbose \"[$(Get-Date -format G)] ${1:message}\"$0"
    ],
    "description": "Pre-pend datetime for Write-Verbose"
}

Error-Terminating

Quickly add a fully defined error record and throw. by @omniomi

Snippet

"Throw Terminating Error": {
    "prefix": "error-terminating",
    "body": [
        "\\$Exception     = New-Object ${1:System.ArgumentException} (\"${2:Invalid argument provided.}\")\r",
        "\\$ErrorCategory = [System.Management.Automation.ErrorCategory]::${3:InvalidArgument}\r",
        "# Exception, ErrorId as [string], Category, and TargetObject (e.g. the parameter that was invalid)\r",
        "\\$ErrorRecord   = New-Object System.Management.Automation.ErrorRecord(\\$Exception, '${4:InvalidArgument}', \\$ErrorCategory, ${5:\\$null})\r",
        "\\$PSCmdlet.ThrowTerminatingError(\\$ErrorRecord)"
    ],
    "description": "Throw a full terminating error."
}

Exchange Online Connection

Connect to Exchange Online, by @vmsilvamolina

Snippet

"Exchange Online Connection": {
    "prefix": "ex-ExchangeOnlineConnection",
    "body": [
        "#Set Execution Policy",
	"Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope Process",
	"#Define credential",
	"\\$UserCredential = Get-Credential",
	"# Create the session",
	"\\$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential \\$UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection",
	"Import-PSSession \\$Session -DisableNameChecking"
    ],
    "description": "Connect to Exchange Online"
}

HTML header

Add HTML header to a variable with the style tag (for css).

Snippet

"HtML header": {
    "prefix": "ex-AddHTMLheader",
    "body": [
        "#HTML file and styles",
	"\\$htmlHeader = @\"",
	"<!doctype html\">",
	"<html lang=\"e\">",
	"<head>",
	"<meta charset=\"UTF-8\">",
	"<title>${1:Title}</title>",
	"<style type=\"text/css\">",
	"body {",
	"}",
	"</style>",
	"</head>",
	"\"@"
    ],
    "description": "Add HTML header section"
}

MaxColumnLengthinDataTable

Takes a datatable object and iterates through it to get the max length of the string columns - useful for data loads into a SQL Server table with fixed column widths by @SQLDBAWithABeard

Snippet

"Max Length of Datatable": {
    "prefix": "Max Length of Datatable",
    "body": [
        "$$columns = ($$datatable | Get-Member -MemberType Property).Name",
        "foreach($$column in $$Columns) {",
        "\t$$max = 0",
        "\tforeach ($$a in $$datatable){",
        "\t\tif($$max -lt $$a.$$column.length){",
        "\t\t\t$$max = $$a.$$column.length",
        "\t\t}",
        "\t}",
        "\tWrite-Output \"$$column max length is $$max\"",
        "}"
    ],
    "description": "Takes a datatable object and iterates through it to get the max length of the string columns - useful for data loads"
}

New Azure Resource Group

Create a Resource Group on Azure, by @vmsilvamolina.

Snippet

"New Azure Resource Group": {
    "prefix": "ex-New-AzureRmResourceGroup",
    "body": [
        "#New Resource Group",
        "New-AzureRmResourceGroup -ResourceGroupName \"${1:ResourceGroup}\" -Location \"${2:EastUS}\""
    ],
    "description": "Create an Azure Resource Group"
}

Parameter-Credential

Add a -Credential parameter that supports a PSCredential object in a variable, -Credential (Get-Credential), or -Credential Username (will prompt). Includes an empty PSCredential object as the default value but this is the first tabstop so pressing backspace after inserting the snippet removes it. by @omniomi

Snippet

"Parameter-Credential": {
    "prefix": "parameter-credential",
    "body": [
        "# Specifies the user account credentials to use when performing this task.\r",
        "[Parameter()]\r",
        "[ValidateNotNull()]\r",
        "[System.Management.Automation.PSCredential]\r",
        "[System.Management.Automation.Credential()]\r",
        "$$Credential${1: = [System.Management.Automation.PSCredential]::Empty}"
    ],
    "description": "Parameter declaration snippet for a Credential parameter."
}

PesterTestForMandatoryParameter

Quickly create a Pester Test for existence of a mandatory parameter by @SQLDBAWithABeard

Snippet

"Pester for Mandatory Parameter": {
    "prefix": "mandatoryParamPester",
    "body": [
        "It \"${1:FunctionName} Should have a mandatory parameter ${2:ParameterName}\" {",
        "\t(Get-Command ${1:FunctionName}).Parameters['${2:ParameterName}'].Attributes.Mandatory | Should -BeTrue",
        "}"
    ],
    "description": "Pester Test for Parameter"
}

PesterTestForParameter

Quickly create a Pester Test for existence of a parameter by @SQLDBAWithABeard

Snippet

"Pester for Parameter": {
    "prefix": "Param Pester",
    "body": [
        "It \"${1:FunctionName} Should have a parameter ${2:ParameterName}\" {",
        "\t(Get-Command ${1:FunctionName}).Parameters['${2:ParameterName}'].Count | Should -Be 1",
        "}"
    ],
    "description": "Pester Test for Parameter"
}

Send-MailMessage

Add the Send-MailMessage cmdlet with the most common parameters in a hashtable for splatting, by @fullenw1.

Snippet

"ex-Send-MailMessage": { 
	"prefix": "ex-Send-MailMessage", 
	"body": [ 
		"$$Params = @{", 
		"    'SmtpServer'  = 'smtp.mycompany.com'", 
		"    'Port'        = 25", 
		"    'Priority'    = 'Normal'", 
		"    'From'        = 'sender@mycompany.com'", 
		"    'To'          = 'mainrecipient@mycompany.com'", 
		"    'Cc'          = 'copyrecipient@mycompany.com'", 
		"    'Bcc'         = 'hiddenrecipient@mycompany.com'", 
		"    'Subject'     = 'Mail title'", 
		"    'Body'        = 'This is the content of my mail'", 
		"    'BodyAsHtml'  = $$false", 
		"    'Attachments' = 'c:\\MyFile.txt'", 
		"}", 
		"Send-MailMessage @Params" 
	], 
	"description": "Send a mail message" 
}

Contributing

To optimize snippet usability and discoverability for end users we will only ship snippets in the extension which we believe meet the following requirements:

  • Must be broadly applicable to most PowerShell extension users
  • Must be substantially different from existing snippets or intellisense
  • Must not violate any intellectual property rights

If your snippet does not meet these requirements but would still be useful to customers we will include it in our list of Awesome Community Snippets. Additionally, snippet creators can publish snippet libraries as standalone extensions in the VSCode Marketplace.

If you'd like a snippet to be considered for addition to the list, open a pull request with the following changes:

Table of contents

You need to add an item to the table of contents. The addition should follow the alpha ordering of the list. The ToC item template looks like this:

| [Name of snippet](link to header of your snippet) | _some short description_ |

An example looks like this (NOTE: all lowercase link):

| [PSCustomObject](#pscustomobject) |  _A simple PSCustomObject_ |

which will show up in the ToC like this:

Snippet Name Description
PSCustomObject A simple PSCustomObject

Body

You need to also add an item to the body in alpha order. The body item template looks like this:

### Name of snippet

Enter your description here. It can be the same as the ToC or a longer version.

#### Snippet

```json
{
    "Put your":"snippet here",
    "indent it":"properly"
}
```

An example looks like this:

### PSCustomObject

A simple PSCustomObject.

#### Snippet

```json
"PSCustomObject": {
    "prefix": "PSCustomObject",
    "body": [
        "[PSCustomObject]@{",
        "\t${1:Name} = ${2:Value}",
        "}"
    ],
    "description": "Creates a PSCustomObject"
}
```

which will show up in the body like this:

PSCustomObject

A simple PSCustomObject. Note, this snippet ships with the PowerShell extension.

Snippet

"PSCustomObject": {
    "prefix": "PSCustomObject",
    "body": [
        "[PSCustomObject]@{",
        "\t${1:Name} = ${2:Value}",
        "}"
    ],
    "description": "Creates a PSCustomObject"
}
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