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PowerShell Run Batch File

A batch (bat) file is a very popular method to automate tasks in Windows environments. However, PowerShell is also used to automate tasks, you may need to run batch files in PowerShell.

The call operator (&) and Start-Process cmdlet can be used to run batch files in PowerShell.

In this article, we will discuss how to use various methods in PowerShell including the call operator and start-process cmdlet to run bat files in PowerShell.

How to Run a bat file from PowerShell using the call operator

The call operator (&) is one of the methods to run a batch file in PowerShell. The syntax for using the call operator to call a bat file is:

& "Path\to\batchFile.bat"

For example, to run a bat file called โ€œInstall-DBService.batโ€ located in the โ€œD:\PS\โ€ directory, use the following script:

& "D:\Ps\Install-DBService.bat"

The output of the above script after running a batch file in PowerShell executes a bat file:

Run a batch file in PowerShell
Run a batch file in PowerShell

PowerShell to run a batch file with the Start-Process Cmdlet

To run a batch file in PowerShell, use the Start-Process cmdlet. The syntax for using the Start-Process is:

Start-Process -FilePath "Path\to\batchFile.bat

For example, to run a batch file called โ€œInstall-DBService.batโ€ located in the โ€œD:\PS\โ€ directory, use the following script:

Start-Process -FilePath "D:\Ps\Install-DBService.bat"

The output of the above script after running a batch file in PowerShell script, calls a bat file and executes it.

Running a batch file with arguments

If a batch file requires arguments, you can pass arguments using both the call operator (&) and the Start-Process cmdlet.

Using the call operator:

& "Path\to\batchFile.bat" -Parameter1 -Parameter2

In the above PowerShell script, the call operator runs a batch file with arguments.

Using the Start-Process cmdlet:

Start-Process -FilePath "\path\to\batchFile.bat" -ArgumentList "-Parameter1 -Parameter2"

In the above PowerShell script, the Start-Process cmdlet uses the -FilePath parameter to specify the batch file location path and the -ArgumentList parameter to specify the arguments.

Conclusion

I hope the above article on how to run a batch file in PowerShell using the call operator and Start-Process cmdlet is helpful to you.

For better error handling, if possible, try to convert batch files to PowerShell scripts.

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