Runspace02 Sample

This sample shows how to use the PowerShell class to run the Get-Process and Sort-Object cmdlets synchronously. The Get-Process cmdlet returns Process objects for each process running on the local computer, and the Sort-Object sorts the objects based on their Id property. The results of these commands is displayed by using a DataGridView control.


This sample requires Windows PowerShell 2.0.


This sample demonstrates the following.

  • Creating a PowerShell object to run commands.

  • Adding commands to the pipeline of PowerShell object.

  • Running the commands synchronously.

  • Using a DataGridView control to display the output of the commands in a Windows Forms application.


This sample runs the Get-Process and Sort-Object cmdlets synchronously in the default runspace provided by Windows PowerShell. The output is displayed in a form using a DataGridView control.

namespace Microsoft.Samples.PowerShell.Runspaces
  using System;
  using System.Collections;
  using System.Collections.ObjectModel;
  using System.Management.Automation;
  using System.Management.Automation.Runspaces;
  using System.Windows.Forms;
  using PowerShell = System.Management.Automation.PowerShell;

  /// <summary>
  /// This class contains the Main entry point for this host application.
  /// </summary>
  internal class Runspace02
    /// <summary>
    /// This method creates the form where the output is displayed.
    /// </summary>
    private static void CreateForm()
      Form form = new Form();
      DataGridView grid = new DataGridView();
      grid.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;

      // Create a PowerShell object. Creating this object takes care of 
      // building all of the other data structures needed to run the command.
      using (PowerShell powershell = PowerShell.Create())
        if (Runspace.DefaultRunspace == null)
          Runspace.DefaultRunspace = powershell.Runspace;
        Collection<PSObject> results = powershell.Invoke();
        // The generic collection needs to be re-wrapped in an ArrayList
        // for data-binding to work.
        ArrayList objects = new ArrayList();
        // The DataGridView will use the PSObjectTypeDescriptor type
        // to retrieve the properties.
        grid.DataSource = objects;
    /// <summary>
    /// This sample uses a PowerShell object to run the Get-Process 
    /// and Sort-Object cmdlets synchronously. Windows Forms and 
    /// data binding are then used to display the results in a
    /// DataGridView control.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="args">The parameter is not used.</param>
    /// <remarks>
    /// This sample demonstrates the following:
    /// 1. Creating a PowerShell object.
    /// 2. Adding commands and arguments to the pipeline of 
    ///    the PowerShell object.
    /// 3. Running the commands synchronously.
    /// 4. Using a DataGridView control to display the output 
    ///    of the commands in a Windows Forms application. 
    /// </remarks>
    private static void Main(string[] args)

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