It’s been almost 3 years since PowerShell Core debuted for Linux and Mac, and as we’ve increased our cmdlet coverage more and more, one cmdlet has always stood out as a top, cross-platform request. Today, we are excited to announce that
Out-GridView is debuting on all Core-supported platforms through the GraphicalTools Module.
If you want to get right to it:
Out-GridView is a visualization tool to help you deep dive into objects returned from PowerShell.
Easily locate data points matching a query.
Display specific data matching only selected filters. Supports common string comparison operators, such as contains, equals, starts with, etc..
Rearrange, sort, and select columns to display. Auto-generates object columns based on the PowerShell format type data, expands PSObject properties if no format definition is available.
One of the most powerful features, the
-PassThru parameter lets you use the GUI to select data to send further down the pipeline.
Get-Process | Out-GridView -PassThru | Stop-Process
If you were so inclined the above script uses
-PassThru to create a pretty effective emulation of Windows Task Manger.
Sometimes, you need to automate infrequent but complex tasks where filters may be error-prone.
Out-GridView can be used as a filtering tool for these cases to ensure that your filters will produce the output you expect.
Occasionally, you end up needing to repeat this automation and so it would be useful to port your existing
Out-GridView workflow to a script.
Pressing the “Show-Code” button will do this for you. It will generate a PowerShell filtering script that is ready for production.
Examples of Out-GridView
With the majority of the brunt work integrating PowerShell & Avalonia done, we are also open to submissions for new graphical commands or packages. A huge thanks to Adam Driscoll for showing the potential of Avalonia + PowerShell with PSAvalonia.
Lastly, check out the great work AvaloniaUI is doing for cross-platform, .NET Core-based GUIs if you haven’t already.
Software Engineering Intern