Ivan Tomica

Loading modules in PowerShell

Just like Bash on Linux, PowerShell on Windows has it’s PATH-like variable from which modules are being automatically loaded. To find out array of your paths you can use:

PS C:\Users\ivant> $env:PSModulePath
D:\Ivan\Documents\PowerShell\Modules;C:\Program Files\PowerShell\Modules;c:\program files\powershell\7\Modules;C:\Progra
m Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules;C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules

Now, I have already experimented a bit with PowerShell but I’ve used Windows PowerShell (different version than Core) and I’ve written a module for it which I’d very much like to continue using in PowerShell Core as well.

I know it perhaps isn’t the wisest idea to mix modules like that, but serves my purpose. I could have easily copied module to PowerShell path instead.

In order to persistently load that additional path where my Windows PowerShell modules are located I had to first find a path where should I define it. In my case it was PROFILE file was located:

PS C:\Users\ivant> $PROFILE
D:\Ivan\Documents\PowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1

Now, in order to override the provided one, I used:

$env:PSModulePath = $env:PSModulePath + "$([System.IO.Path]::PathSeparator)" + "D:\Ivan\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules"

Now all I had to do is restart the shell, and voila:

PS C:\Users\ivant> $env:PSModulePath
D:\Ivan\Documents\PowerShell\Modules;C:\Program Files\PowerShell\Modules;c:\program files\powershell\7\Modules;C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules;C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules;D:\Ivan\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules
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