Introducing PsUrl and PsGet

For about three weeks I am sick with PowerShell. Of course, I used it for few years now, but now everything is different. I am automating stuff that I never though about. And this automation requires some helpers for comfortable work. This post is all about such utilities.


This story started from simple task, I needed download stuff and I have list of URLs. So the idea is Get-Content Urls.txt | .... The problem with ..., there is more or less nothing to download stuff from the web in PS. Of course we can use WebClient from .NET.

(New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString($Url)

Well, this works, but not really super native, for example you cannot pipe URL directly from Get-Content. So I decided to implement simple wrapper and package it as a module. This is how PsUrl micro project started. After installing PsUrl.psm1 module, you will get few commands. Most interesting is Get-Url.


This will basically download stuff from and return it as a string. Of course you can pipe in and pipe out.

Get-Content Urls.txt | Get-Url $_
Get-Url | Set-Content example.html

Easy. The most visible problem here, is that you need install it. This is not super tricky, but rather annoying. This is how PsGet micro project started.


Inspired by NuGet, I started to think how to simplify module installation in PS. I found Install-Module script by Joel Bennett. It takes any single file module and install it to user modules or for global use. Do you see what I see? If you combine it with download stuff I already have, installation of the modules can became simple as

Import-Module PsGet

Nice? Last command actually installs previous PsUrl module. I have huge plans (and hopes) about this project. Right now it supports installing multi file modules, zipped packages from web or local file. Will support NuGet, possible registry of modules.

And btw, it has single line installer.

(new-object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString("") | invoke-expression

Downloads and installs PsGet for your user account.

That is all for now, in few days I will describe how remotely install and fully configure web server without RDP. Enjoy!

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  1. amonkeysden reblogged this from chaliy and added:
    Yup and I think that’s a great idea for a module repository. I think something that would be a cool addition would be...
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