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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.

This project makes it easy for everyone to extend its functionality using only a few lines of C# code. For more info, see

Latest binaries available from the Releases page. Bleeding edge code available in the DEV branch. To kickstart your NoPowerShell skills, make sure to also check out the cmdlet Cheatsheet.


Running in Cobalt Strike

NoPowerShell supported commands

Sample execution of commands

NoPowerShell sample commands

Rundll32 version

NoPowerShellDll via rundll32

Why NoPowerShell

NoPowerShell is developed to be used with the execute-assembly command of Cobalt Strike. Reasons to use NoPowerShell:

  • Executes pretty stealthy
  • Powerful functionality
  • Provides the cmdlets you are already familiar with in PowerShell, so no need to learn yet another tool
  • If you are not yet very familiar with PowerShell, the cmd.exe aliases are available as well (i.e. ping instead of Test-NetConnection)
  • In case via powerpick or powershell cmdlets are not available, they are available in nps (i.e. cmdlets from the ActiveDirectory module)
  • Easily extensible with only a few lines of C#




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 NoPowerShell.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


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

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
Compress-Archive Archive Requires .NET 4.5+
Expand-Archive Archive Requires .NET 4.5+
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-PSDrive 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-NetNeighbor NetTCPIP No support for IPv6 yet
Get-SmbMapping SmbShare
Format-List Utility
Format-Table Utility
Invoke-WebRequest Utility
Measure-Object Utility
Select-Object Utility


Various NoPowerShell cmdlets and NoPowerShell DLL include code created by other developers.

Who Website Notes
Contributors of Various cmdlets use snippets from pinvoke
Michael Conrad Parts of the Resolve-Dns cmdlet are based on the code of the DnsClient.Net project
Rex Logan Most code of the Get-NetNeighbor cmdlet originates from his StackOverflow post
PowerShell developers Code of NoPowerShell DLL is largely based on the code handling the console input of PowerShell

Authored by Arris Huijgen (@bitsadmin -