Chapter 13. User Interaction
Although most scripts are designed to run automatically, you will frequently find it useful to have your scripts interact with the user.
The best way to get input from your user is through the arguments and parameters to your script or function. This lets your users run your script without having to be there as it runs!
If your script greatly benefits from (or requires) an interactive experience, PowerShell offers a range of possibilities. This might be simply waiting for a keypress, prompting for input, or displaying a richer choice-based prompt.
User input isn’t the only aspect of interaction, though. In addition to its input facilities, PowerShell supports output as well—from displaying simple text strings to much more detailed progress reporting and interaction with UI frameworks.
Read a Line of User Input
You want to use input from the user in your script.
To obtain user input, use the
PS > $directory = Read-Host "Enter a directory name" Enter a directory name: C:\MyDirectory PS > $directory C:\MyDirectory
Read-Host cmdlet reads a single line of input
from the user. If the input contains sensitive data, the cmdlet supports
-AsSecureString parameter to read
this input as a
If the user input represents a date, time, or number, be aware that most cultures represent these data types differently. For more information about writing culture-aware scripts, see Write Culture-Aware Scripts ...