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NoPowerShell is a tool implemented in C# which supports executing PowerShell-like commands while remaining invisible to any PowerShell logging mechanisms. This .NET Framework 2 compatible binary can be loaded in Cobalt Strike to execute commands in-memory. No System.Management.Automation.dll is used; only native .NET libraries. An alternative usecase for NoPowerShell is to launch it as a DLL via rundll32.exe: rundll32 NoPowerShell.dll,main.

Moreover, this project makes it easy for everyone to extend its functionality using only a few lines of C# code.

Latest binaries available from the Releases page.


Running in Cobalt Strike

NoPowerShell supported commands

Sample execution of commands

NoPowerShell sample commands

Rundll32 version

NoPowerShellDll via rundll32



When using NoPowerShell from cmd.exe or PowerShell, you need to escape the pipe character (|) with respectively a caret (^) or a backtick (`), i.e.:

  • cmd.exe: ls ^| select Name
  • PowerShell: ls `| select Name


Action Command Notes
List all commands supported by NoPowerShell Get-Command
Get help for a command Get-Help -Name Get-Process Alternative: man ps
Show current user whoami Unofficial command
List SMB shares of MyServer Get-RemoteSmbShare \\MyServer Unofficial command
List all user groups in domain Get-ADGroup -Filter *
List all administrative groups in domain Get-ADGroup -LDAPFilter "(admincount=1)" | select Name
List all properties of the Administrator domain user Get-ADUser -Identity Administrator -Properties *
List all Administrative users in domain Get-ADUser -LDAPFilter "(admincount=1)"
List all users in domain Get-ADUser -Filter *
List specific attributes of user Get-ADUser Administrator -Properties SamAccountName,ObjectSID
Show information about the current system Get-ComputerInfo
List all processes containing PowerShell in the process name Get-Process | ? Name -Like *PowerShell*
List all active local users Get-LocalUser | ? Disabled -EQ False
List all local groups Get-LocalGroup
List details of a specific group Get-LocalGroup Administrators
List all active members of the Administrators group Get-LocalGroupMember -Group Administrators | ? Disabled -eq False
List all local users Get-LocalUser
List details of a specific user Get-LocalUser Administrator
List all properties of the DC01 domain computer Get-ADComputer -Identity DC01 -Properties *
List all Domain Controllers Get-ADComputer -LDAPFilter "(msDFSR-ComputerReferenceBL=*)"
List all computers in domain Get-ADComputer -Filter *
List specific attributes of user Get-ADComputer DC01 -Properties Name,operatingSystem
Copy file from one location to another copy C:\Tmp\nc.exe C:\Windows\System32\nc.exe
Copy folder copy C:\Tmp\MyFolder C:\Tmp\MyFolderBackup
Locate KeePass files in the C:\Users\ directory ls -Recurse -Force C:\Users\ -Include *.kdbx
List the keys under the SOFTWARE key in the registry ls HKLM:\SOFTWARE
View contents of a file Get-Content C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log
List autoruns in the registry Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run | ft
List processes Get-Process
List processes on remote host Get-Process -ComputerName dc01.corp.local -Username Administrator -Password P4ssw0rd!
Gracefully stop processes Stop-Process -Id 4512,7241
Kill process Stop-Process -Force -Id 4512
Kill all cmd.exe processes Get-Process cmd | Stop-Process -Force
Obtain data of Win32_Process class from a remote system and apply a filter on the output gwmi "Select ProcessId,Name,CommandLine From Win32_Process" -ComputerName dc01.corp.local | ? Name -Like *PowerShell* | select ProcessId,CommandLine Explicit credentials can be specified using the -Username and -Password parameters
View details about a certain service Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -Filter "Name = 'WinRM'"
Launch process using WMI Invoke-WmiMethod -Class Win32_Process -Name Create "cmd /c calc.exe" This can also be done on a remote system
Delete a read-only file Remove-Item -Force C:\Tmp\MyFile.txt
Recursively delete a folder Remove-Item -Recurse C:\Tmp\MyTools\
Show all network interfaces Get-NetIPAddress -All
Show the IP routing table Get-NetRoute
Send 2 ICMP requests to IP address with half a second of timeout Test-NetConnection -Count 2 -Timeout 500
Perform a traceroute with a timeout of 1 second and a maximum of 20 hops Test-NetConnection -TraceRoute -Timeout 1000 -Hops 20
List network shares on the local machine that are exposed to the network Get-SmbMapping
Format output as a list Get-LocalUser | fl
Format output as a list showing only specific attributes Get-LocalUser | fl Name,Description
Format output as a table Get-Process | ft
Format output as a table showing only specific attributes Get-Process | ft ProcessId,Name
Download file from the Internet wget When compiled using .NET 2 only supports SSL up to SSLv3 (no TLS 1.1+)
Download file from the Internet specifying the destination wget -OutFile C:\Tmp\netcat.exe
Count number of results Get-Process | measure
Count number of lines in file gc C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log | measure
Show only the Name in a file listing ls C:\ | select Name
Show first 10 results of file listing ls C:\Windows\System32 -Include *.exe | select -First 10 Name,Length
List all members of the "Domain Admins" group Get-ADGroupMember "Domain Admins"
Resolve domain name Resolve-DnsName Alternatives: host, Resolve-DnsName -Type MX
List local shares Get-WmiObject -Namespace ROOT\CIMV2 -Query "Select * From Win32_Share Where Name LIKE '%$'" Alternative: gwmi -Class Win32_Share -Filter "Name LIKE '%$'"
Show network interfaces Get-NetIPAddress Alternatives: ipconfig, ifconfig
Show computer information Get-ComputerInfo Alternative: systeminfo
List installed hotfixes Get-HotFix The output of this cmdlet together with the output of the Get-SystemInfo cmdlet can be provided to WES-NG to determine missing patches

Install in Cobalt Strike

  1. Copy both NoPowerShell.exe and NoPowerShell.cna to the scripts subfolder of Cobalt Strike
  2. Launch Cobalt Strike and load the .cna script in the Script Manager
  3. Interact with a beacon and execute commands using the nps command

Launch via rundll32

  1. Create a new shortcut to NoPowerShell.dll file (drag using right click -> Create shortcuts here)
  2. Update the shortcut prefixing the filename with rundll32 and appending ,main
  3. The shortcut will now look like rundll32 C:\Path\to\NoPowerShell.dll,main
  4. Double click the shortcut

Known issues

  • Pipeline characters need to surrounded by spaces
  • TLS 1.1+ is not supported by .NET Framework 2, so any site enforcing it will result in a connection error


  • Fix above issues
  • Improve stability by adding exception handling
  • Support for parameter groups
  • Add support for ArrayArgument parameter
  • Add support for .NET code in commandline, i.e.: [System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent().Name



Requested NoPowerShell cmdlets

Cmdlet Description
Get-ADTrusts Unofficial command showing equivalent of nltest /domain_trusts /all_trusts /v
Get-QWinsta Unofficial command showing equivalent of qwinsta / query session
Invoke-Command Using PSRemoting execute a command on a remote machine (which in that case will of course be logged)
Get-Service Include option to also show service paths like in sc qc
* Sysinternals utilities like pipelist and sdelete
* More *-Item* commands
* More commands from the ActiveDirectory PowerShell module

Contributed NoPowerShell cmdlets

Authors of additional NoPowerShell cmdlets are added to the table below. Moreover, the table lists commands that are requested by the community to add. Together we can develop a powerful NoPowerShell toolkit!

Cmdlet Contributed by GitHub Twitter Description

Included NoPowerShell cmdlets

Cmdlet Category Notes
Get-ADGroup ActiveDirectory
Get-ADGroupMember ActiveDirectory
Get-ADUser ActiveDirectory
Get-ADComputer ActiveDirectory
Get-Whoami Additional whoami.exe /ALL is not implemented yet
Get-RemoteSmbShare Additional
Get-Command Core
Get-Help Core
Where-Object Core
Resolve-DnsName DnsClient
Get-LocalGroup LocalAccounts
Get-LocalGroupMember LocalAccounts
Get-LocalUser LocalAccounts
Copy-Item Management
Get-ChildItem Management
Get-Content Management
Get-ItemProperty Management
Get-Process Management
Stop-Process Management
Get-WmiObject Management
Get-HotFix Management
Invoke-WmiMethod Management Quick & dirty implementation
Remove-Item Management
Get-ComputerInfo Management Few fields still need to be added to mimic systeminfo.exe
Get-NetIPAddress NetTCPIP
Get-NetRoute NetTCPIP
Test-NetConnection NetTCPIP
Get-SmbMapping SmbShare
Format-List Utility
Format-Table Utility
Invoke-WebRequest Utility
Measure-Object Utility
Select-Object Utility

Authored by Arris Huijgen (@bitsadmin -

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