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powershell (59) Versions 6.2.1

Installs/Configures PowerShell on the Windows platform

cookbook 'powershell', '= 6.2.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'powershell', '= 6.2.1'
knife supermarket install powershell
knife supermarket download powershell
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Powershell Cookbook

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Installs and configures PowerShell 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 or 5.0.


This cookbook is maintained by the Sous Chefs. The Sous Chefs are a community of Chef cookbook maintainers working together to maintain important cookbooks. If you’d like to know more please visit or come chat with us on the Chef Community Slack in #sous-chefs.



Not every version of Windows supports every version of Powershell. The following table illustrates Powershell support across the Windows family. Included means that the base installation of the operating system includes the indicated version of Powershell.

Windows Version PowerShell 2.0 PowerShell 3.0 PowerShell 4.0 PowerShell 5.0
Windows Server 2008 R2 Included Supported Supported Supported
Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 Included Included Supported Supported
Windows Server 2012R2 / Windows 8.1 Included Not Available Included Supported


  • Chef 13+


  • windows 3.0+

PowerShell also requires the appropriate version of the Microsoft .NET Framework to be installed, if the operating system does not ship with that version. The following community cookbooks are used to install the correct version of the .NET Framework:

  • ms_dotnet




The powershell_module has been removed from this cookbook as it was non-functional for most needs and has been replaced with built in resources in chef:


Note: The installation may require a restart of the node being configured before PowerShell can be used.


The default recipe contains no resources and will do nothing if included on a run_list.


Include the powershell2 recipe in a run list, to ensure PowerShell 2.0 is installed. If the platform is not supported, a warning will be logged.


Include the powershell3 recipe in a run list, to install PowerShell 3.0 is installed on applicable platforms. If the platform is not supported, a warning will be logged.


Include the powershell4 recipe in a run list, to install PowerShell 4.0 is installed on applicable platforms. If the platform is not supported, a warning will be logged.


Include the powershell5 recipe in a run list, to install PowerShell 5.0 is installed on applicable platforms. If the platform is not supported, a warning will be logged.



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powershell Cookbook CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the powershell cookbook.

6.2.1 - 2021-03-01

  • update powershell5 recipe to log warning that 5.1 is preinstalled on windows server 2016+

6.2.0 - 2021-02-08

  • Sous Chefs Adoption
  • Standardise files with files in sous-chefs/repo-management
  • Add GitHub Actions testing

6.1.3 (2018-09-20)

  • Fix installation on Windows 7 x32
  • Remove the non-functional powershell_module resource
  • Change version to 5.1 in comments in powershell5 recipe

6.1.2 (2018-02-07)

  • Added guard to not unzip WMF if already installed

6.1.1 (2017-09-28)

  • Fixed reboot not found in 2008R2 bug
  • Fix specs that weren't running

6.1.0 (2017-06-13)

  • Replaces PowerShell 5 installs with PowerShell 5.1

6.0.0 (2017-03-20)

  • Add returns property to windows_package resource to ensure compatibility with chef's built-in windows_package resource
  • Require windows 3.0 cookbook

5.2.0 (2017-03-08)

  • Test with Local Delivery instead of Rake
  • Add integration testing in Appveyer on a Windows 2012R2 node and remove the Travis testing
  • Require chef-client 12.6 or later since we're using windows_package

5.1.0 (2016-09-02)

  • Remove the windows_reboot resource which has been removed from the Windows cookbook.

5.0.0 (2016-09-02)

  • Require Chef 12.1 or later
  • Dynamically install rubyzip in the provider. This eliminates the need for the default recipe, which only installed the rubyzip gem. It now just works as expected
  • Test Powershell 2-5 and the custom resource in test kitchen on multiple Windows releases
  • Remove test deps that are in ChefDK from the Gemfile
  • Update the documentation for the powershell recipes to clarify what happens if the platform is not supported

4.0.0 (2016-09-02)

  • Remove support for Windows XP, 2003, 2003 R2, and 2008
  • Remove the powershell provider that was only needed for Chef 10
  • Require a modern windows cookbook release
  • Consistently check platform_family in recipes
  • Use node.normal instead of node.set in specs
  • Switch ruby linting to cookstyle and the new rakefile
  • Rename the minimal recipe to test
  • Avoid deprecation warnings during specs and use doc output
  • Fix a long failing spec so we can get the tests green

v3.3.2 (2016-06-09)

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v3.3.1 (2016-05-27)

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v3.3.0 (2016-05-17)

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v3.2.3 (2015-12-24)

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v3.2.2 (2015-12-18)

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v3.2.1 (2015-12-17)

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v3.2.0 (2015-12-14)

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v3.0.7 (2014-07-16)

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v3.0.6 (2014-07-15)

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v3.0.5 (2014-07-12)

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v3.0.4 (2014-05-10)

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v3.0.2 (2014-04-24)

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v3.0.0 (2014-02-05)

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v2.0.0 (2014-01-03)

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  • [COOK-3330] Only adds the helper on windows (fixes crashes on *nix) #5 (skoczen)

v1.1.2 (2013-08-28)

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1.1.0 (2013-06-15)

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  • fixing foodcritic alerts #3 (ranjib)
  • Add powershell_out mixin for use in LWRPs at compile #2 (moserke)

1.0.8 (2012-11-26)

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