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JuanPablo Jofre|Last Updated: 3/6/2017
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Sends output to the command line.


Out-Host [-Paging] [-InputObject <PSObject>] [<CommonParameters>]


The Out-Host cmdlet sends output to the Windows PowerShell host for display. The host displays the output at the command line. Because Out-Host is the default, you do not need to specify it unless you want to use its parameters to change the display.


Example 1

PS C:\> Get-Process | Out-Host -Paging

This command displays the processes on the system one page at a time. It uses the Get-Process cmdlet to get the processes on the system. The pipeline operator (|) sends the results to Out-Host, which displays them at the console. The Paging parameter displays one page of data at a time.

The same command format is used for the Help function that is built into Windows PowerShell. That function gets data from the Get-Help cmdlet and then uses the Paging parameter of Out-Host to display the data one page at a time by using this command format: Get-Help $Args\[0\] | Out-Host -Paging.

Example 2

PS C:\> $a = Get-History
PS C:\> Out-Host -InputObject $a

These commands display the session history at the command line. The first command uses the Get-History cmdlet to get the session history, and then it stores the history in the $a variable. The second command uses Out-Host to display the content of the $a variable, and it uses the InputObject parameter to specify the variable to Out-Host.



Specifies the objects that are written to the console. Enter a variable that contains the objects, or type a command or expression that gets the objects.

Type: PSObject
Parameter Sets: (All)

Required: False
Position: Named
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters: False


Displays one page of output at a time, and waits for user input before displaying the remaining pages, much like the traditional "more" command. By default, all of the output is displayed on a single page. The page size is determined by the characteristics of the host.

Type: SwitchParameter
Parameter Sets: (All)

Required: False
Position: Named
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: False
Accept wildcard characters: False


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



You can pipe any object to Out-Host.



Out-Host does not generate any output. However, the host might display the objects that Out-Host sends to it.


  • The cmdlets that contain the Out verb (the Out cmdlets) do not format objects; they just render them and send them to the specified display destination. If you send an unformatted object to an Out cmdlet, the cmdlet sends it to a formatting cmdlet before rendering it.
  • The Out cmdlets do not have parameters for names or file paths. To send data to an Out cmdlet, use a pipeline operator (|) to send the output of a Windows PowerShell command to the cmdlet. You can also store data in a variable and use the InputObject parameter to pass the data to the cmdlet. For help, see the examples.
  • Out-Host sends data, but it does not emit any output objects. If you pipe the output of Out-Host to the Get-Member cmdlet, Get-Member reports that no objects have been specified.









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