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This is the built-in help made by Microsoft for the command 'Get-PSProvider', in PowerShell version 5 - as retrieved from Windows version 'Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard' PowerShell help files on 2016-06-23.

For PowerShell version 3 and up, where you have Update-Help, this command was run just before creating the web pages from the help files.


Gets information about the specified Windows PowerShell provider.


Get-PSProvider [[-PSProvider] [<String[]>]] [-InformationAction {SilentlyContinue | Stop | Continue | Inquire | Ignore | Suspend}] [-InformationVariable [<System.String]>]]

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The Get-PSProvider cmdlet gets the Windows PowerShell providers in the current session. You can get a particular drive or all drives in the session.

Windows PowerShell providers let you access a variety of data stores as though they were file system drives. For information about Windows PowerShell providers, see



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PS C:\>get-psprovider

This command displays a list of all available Windows PowerShell providers.

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PS C:\>get-psprovider f*, r* | format-list

This command displays a list of all Windows PowerShell providers with names that begin with the letter "f" or "r".

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PS C:\>get-psprovider | format-table name, module, pssnapin -auto

Name Module PSSnapIn
---- ------ --------
Test TestModule
WSMan Microsoft.WSMan.Management
Alias Microsoft.PowerShell.Core
Environment Microsoft.PowerShell.Core
FileSystem Microsoft.PowerShell.Core
Function Microsoft.PowerShell.Core
Registry Microsoft.PowerShell.Core
Variable Microsoft.PowerShell.Core
Certificate Microsoft.PowerShell.Security

PS C:\>get-psprovider | where {$_.pssnapin -eq "Microsoft.PowerShell.Security"}

Name Capabilities Drives
---- ------------ ------
Certificate ShouldProcess {cert}

These commands find the Windows PowerShell snap-ins or modules that added providers to your session. All Windows PowerShell elements, including providers, originate in a
snap-in or in a module.

These commands use the PSSnapin and Module properties of the ProviderInfo object that Get-PSProvider returns. The values of these properties contain the name of the snap-in
or module that adds the provider.

The first command gets all of the providers in the session and formats them in a table with the values of their Name, Module, and PSSnapin properties.

The second command uses the Where-Object cmdlet to get the providers that come from the Microsoft.PowerShell.Security snap-in.

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PS C:\>resolve-path ~


PS C:\>(get-psprovider FileSystem).home

This example shows that the tilde symbol (~) represents the value of the Home property of the FileSystem provider. The Home property value is optional, but for the
FileSystem provider, it is defined as $env:homedrive\$env:homepath or $home.