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Find-Package in PowerShell

The `Find-Package` is a cmdlet in the PowerShell PackageManagement module. It is used to find software packages in available repositories. These repositories can include the PowerShell gallery, Chocolatey, Nuget, and many others.

Here is a PowerShell command to find packages in the available repositories.

Find-Package *

The Find-Package command in the PowerShell PackageManagement module can be used to find all available packages from a package provider, find a package from a package source, find all versions of a package, and find a package with a specific name.

In this article, we will discuss how to use the Find-Package cmdlet in Powershell to search for packages in the available repositories.

How to Find All Available Packages from a Package Provider

To find all available packages from a package provider, use the Find-Package command with the โ€“ProviderName parameter.

Find-Package -ProviderName PowerShellGet

In the above PowerShell script, the Find-Package command uses the ProviderName parameter to specify the provider PowerShellGet and finds all the available PowerShell module packages in a registered PSGallery.

The output of the above PowerShell script to list all packages is given below.

PowerShell List all packages
PowerShell List all packages

How to Find a Package from a Package Source

Use the Find-Package command along with the Source parameter to find a package from a specified package source.

Find-Package -Name Az.Postgresql  -Source PSGallery  

In the above PowerShell script, the Find-Package command uses the Name parameter to specify the package name โ€œAz.Postgresqlโ€ and the Source parameter to specify the package source โ€œPSGalleryโ€œ. This command finds the newest version of a package from a specified package source.

The output of the above PowerShell script that searches for a package name from a package source is given below.

PS C:\> Find-Package -Name Az.Postgresql  -Source PSGallery    
                                                                                   
Name                           Version          Source           Summary
----                           -------          ------           -------
Az.PostgreSql                  1.1.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets


PS C:\>                                                                                                                                                      

How to Find All Versions of a Package

To find all versions of a package, use the Find-Package command with parameter AllVersions.

Find-Package -Name Az.Postgresql  -Source PSGallery -AllVersions

In the above PowerShell script, the Find-Package cmdlet uses the Name parameter to specify the package name โ€œAz.Postgresqlโ€ and the Source โ€œPSGalleryโ€œ. It then uses the AllVersions parameter to retrieve all available versions of a package.

The output of the above PowerShell script finds all available package versions from a specified provider is given below.

PS C:\> Find-Package -Name Az.Postgresql  -Source PSGallery -AllVersions                                                                          
Name                           Version          Source           Summary
----                           -------          ------           -------
Az.PostgreSql                  1.1.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  1.0.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.8.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.7.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.6.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.5.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.4.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.3.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.2.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets
Az.PostgreSql                  0.1.0            PSGallery        Microsoft Azure PowerShell: PostgreSql cmdlets


PS C:\>     

How to Find a Package With a Specific Name

You can use the Find-Package command in PowerShell to find a package with a specific name from a specified provider.

Find-Package -Name PackageManagement -ProviderName PowerShellGet -RequiredVersion 1.3.1   

In the above PowerShell script, the Find-Package command uses the Name parameter to specify the package name โ€œPackageManagementโ€œ. The ProviderName parameter specifies to search for the package in โ€œPowerShellGetโ€œ. RequiredVersion specified to check for version 1.3.1 only and return the result.

The output of the above PowerShell script finds a specific package version from a specified provider.

PS C:\> Find-Package -Name PackageManagement -ProviderName PowerShellGet -RequiredVersion 1.3.1    
                                               
Name                           Version          Source           Summary
----                           -------          ------           -------
PackageManagement              1.3.1            PSGallery        PackageManagement (a.k.a. OneGet) is a new way to discover and install softwa...


PS C:\>      

Conclusion

I hope the above article on how to use the Find-Package command in the PowerShell module to search for packages in the provider is helpful to you.

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Related Links

Get-Package

Get-PackageProvider

Install-Package

Install NuGet Package

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