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How to Install PowerShell in Linux?

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  • Last Updated : 06 Oct, 2021

PowerShell is well-known among Windows administrators. It is a.NET-based task-based command-line shell and scripting language. You can quickly automate tasks for operating system maintenance and much more with PowerShell. PowerShell was once only available for Microsoft Windows. This admin tool, on the other hand, can now be installed and used on Linux.

Installing PowerShell using Snap packages

1. The least complex approach to install PowerShell using snap is as per the following :

sudo snap install powershell --classic
Installing powershell with snap

Installing PowerShell using snap

2. Now you can simply launch PowerShell by using a simple command :

pwsh
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Opening PowerShell

Installing PowerShell using a package repository

Installing PowerShell from a package repository is the preferred approach in Linux.

1. First update list of system packages using below command :

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt update

Update system source

2. Install pre-requisite packages using the below command :

sudo apt-get install -y wget apt-transport-https software-properties-common
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Installing pre-requisite packages

3. Now download the Microsoft repository GPG keys :

wget -q https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/20.04/packages-microsoft-prod.deb
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Downloading Microsoft GPG key

4. Then register the Microsoft repository GPG keys :

sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb
Regitstering Microsoft repository GPG keys

Registering GPG key

5. Then update the system source :

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt udpate

Updating system source

6. Enabling the universe repositories :

sudo add-apt-repository universe
enabling universe repository

Enable universe repositories

7. Now we can finally install PowerShell using the below command :

sudo apt-get install -y powershell
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Installing PowerShell

8. Now we can start PowerShell by simply typing the below command :

$ pwsh
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Starting PowerShell

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