How to Check PowerShell Version

In PowerShell, it has different ways to check PowerShell version on your local computer or psversion on remote computer. $PSVersionTable automatic variable in PowerShell get PowerShell version details.

$PSVersionTable is an automatic variable in PowerShell is read only hash table that returns PowerShell Version (PSVersion) information and PSEdition information either Core or Desktop.

PSVersionTable - PowerShell Version Check
PSVersionTable – PowerShell Version Check

In PowerShell, it has different ways to get PowerShell version like using Get-Host, $Host, $PSVersionTable you can get PowerShell version.

PSVersionTable – Check PowerShell Version

You can use $PSVersionTable automatic variable in PowerShell to get running PowerShell version on your local computer.

Run below command to check PowerShell version

$PSVersionTable.PSVersion 

Above PSVersionTable variable returns PSVersion as below

PS C:\> $PSVersionTable.PSVersion                                                                                       
Major  Minor  Build  Revision
-----  -----  -----  --------
5      1      18362  1474


PS C:\>  

PSVersionTable gets Major version, minor version , Build and Revision information about PowerShell.

Check PowerShell Version remotely using PSVersionTable

You can use $PSVersionTable automatic variable to check PowerShell version on remote computer, use below command to get PSVersion

Invoke-Command -ComputerName incorp-eu-101 -ScriptBlock {$PSVersionTable.PSVersion}

In the above PowerShell script, it uses Invoke-Command cmdlet to run command on remote computer specified by computer name and using PSVersionTable.PSVersion, it get PowerShell version on remote computer.

Check PowerShell Version using Get-Host

You can use Get-Host cmdlet in PowerShell gets host program that is hosting Windows PowerShell. Using Get-Host cmdlet you can check PowerShell version on local computer and remote computer.

When you run Get-Host cmdlet in PowerShell console, it returns host information which contains PowerShell version, Current Culture, CurrentUICulture etc..

Get-Host

Above Get-Host in PowerShell console, gets PowerShell version and other information as below

Check PowerShell Version - Get-Host
Check PowerShell Version – Get-Host

If you try to use Get-Host cmdlet to get remote computer PowerShell version, it may not get correct version details, hence avoid using it and use $PSVersionTable variable to get PowerShell version.

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Get PowerShell Version using $Host

You can use $Host automatic variable in PowerShell to get PowerShell version, use below command

$Host

Above $Host automatic variable in PowerShell returns the same information about PowerShell as Get-Host cmdlet does.

Output of above command as below

PS C:\> $Host                                                                                                                                                                                

Name             : ConsoleHost
Version          : 5.1.18362.1474
InstanceId       : 257ef135-307f-4a09-9ca7-d9543c96129b
UI               : System.Management.Automation.Internal.Host.InternalHostUserInterface
CurrentCulture   : en-IN
CurrentUICulture : en-US
PrivateData      : Microsoft.PowerShell.ConsoleHost+ConsoleColorProxy
DebuggerEnabled  : True
IsRunspacePushed : False
Runspace         : System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.LocalRunspace

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Conclusion

I hope above article to check PowerShell version on local computer and PSVersion on remote computer helpful to you.

As an administrator, we always need to make sure system having update PowerShell version on each of system in domain.

$PSVersionTable automatic variable in PowerShell is best way to get PowerShell version of local computer as well using Invoke-Command cmdlet you can get PowerShell version remotely of other computers in the domain.

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