This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Thomas Franke 4 years, 10 months ago.

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  • #9824

    Thomas Franke

    Determining the powershell version can be important. Often this is done by using the Get-Host cmdlet. I read somewhere that this command returns the version of the powershell host, not the version of powershell itself.

    Question: The powershell and the powershell host usually have the same version. Is there any case when the versions differ from each other?

  • #9825

    Dave Wyatt

    If you're talking about the Console and ISE, the versions will probably always match the PowerShell version. Developers can write their own custom hosts, though, which would have their own version scheme.

  • #9829

    Richard Siddaway

    In PowerShell 2.0 and above you can also use the $psversiontable variable which will give some additional interesting info such as wsman version and CLR version

    $psversiontable will give the powershell version rather than the host version

  • #9833

    Thomas Franke

    Thank you!

    So Get-Host will usually return the right value, but might be wrong in some Special cases.
    $psversiontable will fail on Powershell V1 but I found a great Workaround:

    # If the $PSVersionTable variable doesn't exist, then you are running V1.
    # If it does exist, then the version will be available as $PSVersionTable.PSVersion.

    function Get-PSVersion {
    if (test-path variable:psversiontable) {$psversiontable.psversion} else {[version]""}


    In the end I decided to avoid getting and processing the version info and inserted a "#Requires -version 3.0" statement instead.

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