PSReadLine, a module that offers improved command-line editing and rich history capabilities.
Before using PSReadLine, you need to have it installed. It often comes pre-installed with Windows 10 and PowerShell Core, but if you need to install it manually:
Install-Module -Name PSReadLine -Force -SkipPublisherCheck
Out of the box, PSReadLine offers real-time syntax highlighting, making it easier to spot mistakes as you type.
PSReadLine comes packed with a variety of shortcuts, similar to those in
bash, that can make navigation and command editing a breeze.
- Ctrl + Arrow Keys: Navigate through tokens (words).
- Ctrl + A: Move to the start of the line.
- Ctrl + E: Move to the end of the line.
One of PSReadLine’s most robust features is its enhanced history management.
Commands are saved across sessions, so you can recall commands you used days or even weeks ago.
Easily search through your command history by pressing Ctrl + R. Start typing, and PSReadLine will show matches from your history.
PSReadLine is highly customizable. To edit the settings:
This will open your PowerShell profile in Notepad, where you can customize PSReadLine to your liking.
Prediction Based on History: You can set PSReadLine to predict the next command based on your history using:
Set-PSReadLineOption -PredictionSource History
View Style for Predictions: You can customize the view of the predictions. For a list view style, use:
Set-PSReadLineOption -PredictionViewStyle ListView
PSReadLine is a must-have module for anyone regularly working with PowerShell. Its enhanced editing, history capabilities, and customization options can greatly improve your productivity.