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June 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


I'm new to the PowerShell game... I'm getting there and having fun over the past few weeks. However after spending the last few years using Eclipse I'm finding the Windows Powershell ISE a little bit clunky.

I've searched the net looking but given I'm part of this forum I thought I'd put it out there. Has anyone got any recommendations on a good IDE or editor for PowerShell?

I've spotted the two following as popular.

1: VS code
2: Windows Powershell ISE on steroids.

Any others (That don't cost the earth) ?

Thanks in advance.


June 13, 2017 at 12:02 am

VS Code with the PowerShell plugin is the official answer, and it's a good one.

June 13, 2017 at 12:03 am

I'll mention that PowerShell Studio is well written and full featured. It does cost, but I'm accustomed to paying for pro tools for my trade. It's far less than a mortgage payment so I wouldn't classify it as costing the earth.

June 13, 2017 at 2:56 am

I completely agree with Don here.

If you are just getting started, VSCode, especially the last few updates is a really solid option for PowerShell, and a host of other things. It lacks a few things from the ISE, such as Cmdlet search (I've never used this feature). I use VSCode every day for PowerShell.

PowerShell Studio from Sapien is a much closer solution to eclipse and other full fledged IDE's, and while it does come at a cost, it packs a lot of features that VSCode and the ISE don't have. Depending on your needs down the track, it could definitely be worth the money.

June 13, 2017 at 3:28 am

Hey thanks Don... I have taken steroids for the day... Wow what a difference... I will take your advise and look at VS Code with the PowerShell plugin shortly.

Thanks again for your help bro. I really appreciate it 😉

June 13, 2017 at 3:29 am

Ok cool... Thanks Liam

June 13, 2017 at 3:30 am

Hey thanks Don... See my reply below.

June 13, 2017 at 3:07 pm

I actually use emacs with a powershell color mode. I've been using emacs for years and know it well.

June 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm

I know it's a matter of preference but, to me, installing a behemoth like VisualStudio just for PowerShell it's a little too much, I would go for "smaller" solutions.

June 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Ivan, to be clear, VS Code is not Visual Studio, and it's not a behemoth. It's actually a very small, very simplified environment that's a distinct product from its full-sized cousin. It IS the "smaller solution" that folks like yourself (and me, because I feel the same as you about Visual Studio) have asked for pretty much forever.

June 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Yes, I realize that now, I thought it was the full package.

June 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

just out of interest what do you find clunky around ISE?

i wrote most of my stuff in this and then transfer to Sapien if i need to produce a GUI, good thing around sapien is it can save allot of time as it produces most of the code for you.