Powershell – Pipeline

Pipeline concept

Pipeline concept, enables the output of one cmdlet to be piped as input to another cmdlet.

Other Shell languages use the pipe concept, but PowerShell is different in that you pipe objects and not their text-representations.

In Powershell pipeline structured .NET objects are passed between stages in the pipeline instead of typically unstructured text. Using objects eliminates the need to explicitly parse text output to extract data.

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Powershell uses the pipeline to send a stream of objects, thereby encapsulating all the information and methods within the object in an easily an accessible way.



The current pipeline object; used in script blocks, filters, the process clause of functions, where-object, foreach-object and switch

Commonly used on a pipeline with corresponding cmdlet member property, method or event. Examples: $_.length, $_.name or $_.tostring

Note: To see cmdlet members (in this case for Get-Process cmdlet) type:

Get-Process | Get-Member


Why using?


Generate easier and more readable solutions

You can replace this code

$a = Get-ChildItem *.txt

foreach ($file in $a)


if ($file.length -gt 100)


Write-Host $file.name



With this one

Get-ChildItem *.txt | where {$_.length -gt 100} | Format-Table name


Create complex and useful scripting solutions…

A simple example:

Get-Process ‘

| Where-Object {$_.company -Notlike '*Microsoft*'} ‘

| Format-Table ProcessName, Company

A even simpler example:

Get-Process | Out-Host -Paging


In Depth

Tested With
PowerShell 2.0

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