The profile script is a text file that is executed whenever an instance of PowerShell is created. This is similar to the
bashrc file for the bash shell. The user can store the commands in this file that he wants to be executed whenever PowerShell starts up.
Profile Script for Default PowerShell Console
To find out the filename and path of the profile script for you, type:
The profile script is typically a file named
Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1 and its location is
This directory and this profile script file is not created by default. If you want to add some startup commands, you will need to create the
WindowsPowerShell directory and a text file named
Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1 within it to store your commands.
Note: You might have to change the execution policy to allow unsigned scripts to be executed. To find out more on this go here.
Profile Script for Other PowerShell Consoles and Users
PowerShell can be hosted by other console or terminal programs or can be executed by other users. The profile script path for such situations is different. To find out the profile script paths for all these cases, type:
$profile | Format-List -force
The output of this command will have entries for
Host is the PowerShell jargon for a console or terminal that executes PowerShell. So, for example if I run PowerShell using a different console, but with the same username, I would place my startup settings in the file given by
(A hat tip to Boe Prox for pointing out this useful command! 😊 )
Tried with: PowerShell 2.0