Turn PowerShell scripts into an exe with Posh2Exe (update 12/14/2016)

I recently relased a small Windows console application that turns any ps1 script file into an exe file by embedding the ps1 as a resource into the exe.

Get the source code and compile the exe in Visual Studio

The project is on github:


Right now you have to use Visual Studio (any of the current releases will do – I recommend Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition as the latest release) to create the exe file Posh2Exe.exe. I will provide a download link for the exe in the near future and also a small extension for the ISE so that making an exe out of the currently loaded ps1 will be very simple because you only have to click on a button.

Calling Posh2Exe in the Console Window (not in the ISE) is really simple:

This will embed test.ps1 into an exe test.exe (the name is not very original of course;). The exe can be run everywhere where WMF 4.0 or above and .NET 4.0 (which is a prerequisite for WMF 4.0) is installed.

If the ps1 file uses parameters the parameters has to be written like parametername:value separated by at least one blank.

I tested the current version of posh2exe with several scripts and it worked well for me.

Since its a kind of bare bone PowerShell host implementation some things do not work at the moment like Read-Host with the AsSecureString-Parameter or the different prompt-methods of the InternalHostUserInterface.

Another thing to consider is the fact that the PSScriptRoot variable has no value because there is no script file that will be executed just text. The workaround is to use [System.AppDomain]::CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory to get the path the exe is started from and [Environment]::CurrentDirectory to get the current path for the executing exe instead of $PSScriptRoot. For my own scripts that runs either as a ps1 file or inside an exe I using a simple query to decide how to get the path either the ps1 file or the exe is running in.

Big plans for the future…

One more thing I would like to add is a debug mode with the help of the „Debugger API“. So it will be possible to debug the script that is executed as part of the exe file with the PowerShell Debugger.

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