How to install and use PowerShell in Ubuntu?

PowerShell is a command-line shell and a scripting language that is used for task automation and configuration management. It is a cross-platform tool developed by Microsoft.

The administrative tasks are performed using cmdlets (or command-lets) which are specialized .NET classes implemented to perform specific operations.

In this article, we will discuss how to install and use PowerShell in Ubuntu Linux.

Prerequisites

To install a package in a Ubuntu system you should have access to a user account with superuser privileges.

How to install PowerShell in Ubuntu

The PowerShell can be installed on a system by adding its repository. Now follow the given steps for installing Powershell on a Ubuntu system.

Before you install PowerShell make sure the apt package repository is updated –

sudo apt update

Use the following command to install some prerequisite packages –

sudo apt install -y wget apt-transport-https software-properties-common

Now use the given command to download Microsoft repository GPG keys –

wget -q https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/20.04/packages-microsoft-prod.deb

Once the package is downloaded install it by using –

sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb

Refresh the apt repository by running –

sudo apt update

Finally, use the given command to install PowerShell on your system –

sudo apt install -y powershell

You can verify the installation by using –

pwsh --version

powershell version

Using PowerShell on Ubuntu

Once the package is installed successfully you can start PowerShell by executing the given command –

pwsh

pwsh

You can use the given command to list all the items in your current working directory.

ls

ls command

You can use the cd command to navigate through directories –

cd command

By typing the given command will display the history of commands run on PowerShell –

Get-History

history

You can use the given command to exit from PowerShell –

exit

exit

If you want to know more you can see the complete list of commands here.

How to remove PowerShell from Ubuntu

To remove PowerShell from Ubuntu you can use –

sudo apt remove powershell

press y and then enter if it asks for your confirmation.

Use the given command to remove any unused dependencies –

sudo apt autoremove

Conclusion

I hope you have successfully installed PowerShell on your system. Now if you have a query then write us in the comments below.

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