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JuanPablo Jofre|Last Updated: 12/17/2016
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Gets snippets that the user created.


Get-IseSnippet [<CommonParameters>]


The Get-ISESnippet cmdlet gets the PS1XML files that contain reusable text "snippets" that the user created. It works only in Windows PowerShell ISE.

When you use the New-IseSnippet cmdlet to create a snippet, New-IseSnippet creates a <SnippetTitle>.Snippets.ps1xml file in the $home\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Snippets directory. Get-ISESnippet gets the snippet files in the Snippets directory.

Get-IseSnippet does not get built-in snippets or snippets that are imported from modules by using the Import-IseSnippet cmdlet.

This cmdlet is introduced in Windows PowerShell 3.0.


-------------------------- EXAMPLE 1 --------------------------

PS C:\> Get-ISESnippet

This command gets all user-define snippets in the Snippets directory.

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 2 --------------------------

PS C:\> Invoke-Command -Computer (Get-Content Servers.txt) {Get-ISESnippet | Copy-Item -Destination \\Server01\Share01\Snippets}

This command copies all of the user-created snippets from a group of remote computers to a shared Snippets directory.

The command uses the Invoke-Command cmdlet to run a Get-ISESnippet command on the computers in the Servers.txt file. A pipeline operator (|) sends the snippet files to the Copy-Item cmdlet, which copies them to the directory that is specified by the Destination parameter.

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 3 --------------------------

PS C:\> #Parse-Snippet Function

function Parse-Snippet
  $a = Get-ISESnippet
  $snippetNamespace = @{x=""}
  foreach ($snippetFile in $a)
     Write-Host ""
     $Title = Select-Xml -Path $snippetFile.FullName -Namespace $snippetNamespace -XPath "//x:Title" | foreach {$_.Node.InnerXML}
     $Text =  Select-Xml -Path $snippetFile.FullName -Namespace $snippetNamespace -XPath "//x:Script" | foreach {$_.Node.InnerText}
     Write-Host "Title: $Title"
     Write-Host "Text: $Text"

# Sample Output

Title: Mandatory

Title: Copyright
Text:  (c) Fabrikam, Inc. 2012

This function uses the Get-ISESnippet and Select-Xml cmdlets to display the Title and Text of each snippet on the local computer.

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 4 --------------------------

PS C:\> $psISE.CurrentPowerShellTab.Snippets | Format-Table DisplayTitle, Description

This command displays the title and description of all snippets in the session, including built-in snippets, user-defined snippets, and imported snippets.

The command uses the Windows PowerShell ISE object model. The $psISE variable represents the Windows PowerShell ISE host program. The CurrentPowerShellTab property of $psISE represent the current session. The Snippets property represents snippets in the current session.

The $psISE.CurrentPowerShellTab.Snippets command returns a Microsoft.PowerShell.Host.ISE.ISESnippet object that represents a snippet, unlike the Get-IseSnippet cmdlet, which returns a file object (System.Io.FileInfo) that represents a snippet file.

The command also uses the Format-Table cmdlet to display the DisplayTitle and Description properties of the snippets in a table.



This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -InformationAction, -InformationVariable, -OutVariable, -OutBuffer, -PipelineVariable, -Verbose, -WarningAction, and -WarningVariable. For more information, see about_CommonParameters (




Get-ISESnippet returns a file object that represents the snippet file.


  • The New-IseSnippet cmdlet stores new user-created snippets in unsigned .ps1xml files. As such, Windows PowerShell cannot add them to a session in which the execution policy is AllSigned or Restricted. In a Restricted or AllSigned session, you can create, get, and import unsigned user-created snippets, but you cannot use them in the session.

    To use unsigned user-created snippets that the Get-IseSnippet cmdlet returns, change the execution policy, and then restart Windows PowerShell ISE.

    For more information about Windows PowerShell execution policies, see about_Execution_Policies.



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