PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio 2015


A set of tools for developing and debugging PowerShell scripts and modules in Visual Studio.

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by Jean-Robert Jean-Simon | Sun 12:06 AM

Great tool !
It should be included in Visual Studio natively.

by Cyril Zhou | January 19 2016

by dekeli_10 | January 17 2016

Missing crucial quality:
Missing article about how to disable this
Causing VS 2015 to hang

Bad, very bad

Prevent VS 2015 from attaching to other code
get popup: ---------------------------
Missing Dependency
PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio requires at least Windows Management Framework v3, which you do not have installed.

Would you like to download now?
Yes No

clicking Yes points to .net 4.0 page, which is already installed by VS 2015

after that devenv is completely stuck and needs to be killed

by Harry Solsem | January 05 2016

This extension creates an exeption upon startup of VS2015 on my system. The following are taken from activitylog.xml

<description>SetSite failed for package [PowerShellToolsPackage][Could not load type &apos;PowerShellTools.Contracts.IPowerShellHostClientService&apos; from assembly &apos;PowerShellTools.Contracts, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=32cd18849a3a99f8&apos;.]:{ at PowerShellTools.PowerShellToolsPackage.Initialize()&#x000D;&#x000A; at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Package.Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop.IVsPackage.SetSite(IServiceProvider sp)}</description>

by Anton Masyan | December 18 2015

by Karasev Pavel | December 01 2015

Очень удобно работать со скриптами на PS. Спасибо!

by casperln | October 28 2015

good work, a few comments

ctrl-c to copy is non-functional in the powershell interactive window

msbuild integration is non-functional

by anonmous | October 23 2015

Although I appreciate that it must have taken a lot of time and effort to put together this tool, and that it must have functionality that is useful for many people, it is hard to recommend a tool that doesn't work with include files and for which there is no response to questions about said functionality.

by Mark.Orlassino | October 18 2015

Thank you!

by Ruud Borst | October 14 2015


by DAngeline | October 07 2015

Glad to see this actually happened Adam. Nice job!! Congratulations

by Hernan Veiras | September 09 2015

Great tool! please add support for formatting (CTRL + K + D)

by Sean Liming | August 23 2015

Nice to have scripting out of VS, PowerShell ISE is still a little more light weight.

by Steve Rathbone | August 05 2015

Keep going guys - this is phenomenal!

big thank you to all involved, including the pester team!

by Ilia101 | July 28 2015

Very nice ! Thanks !

by Alexandr Biryukov | July 24 2015

It is very useful, thank you!

by Kjetil Tonstad | June 24 2015

Very useful

by Ken Cenerelli | May 28 2015

Love the functionality!

by ti831 | May 12 2015

by Igor Abade V. Leite | May 12 2015

Love it! I'm using PoshTools to build my TFS administration module (http://github.com/igoravl/tfscmdlets).

Writing PowerShell code inside Visual Studio with PoshTools is a breeze - in fact, it's quite enjoyable! :-)

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  • Add PSSnapin for SharePoint?
    1 Posts | Last post Mon 3:39 PM
    • Hi,
      is it somehow possible to add pssnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell automatically when hitting "Execute as Script" in the context menu? I don't want to add this line inside of my ps1-script because on production-server, I already open the SharePoint-PSShell which has this snapin automatically added.
      Must it be added to the project properties in the Requirements-Tabs? I didn't found any documentation for settings there.
      Greetings and thank you
  • I can't locate a PowerShell project
    2 Posts | Last post January 18, 2016
    • File --> new Project I don't see powershell project.  I did install VS 2015 power tools.
    • Did you exit VS and then start again? I had to do that for it to show up
  • Error
    1 Posts | Last post January 17, 2016
    • I got this error when I tried to install
      VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall(Boolean isRepairSupported)
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
  • Can't open a PS project made in 2013 in VS 2015
    1 Posts | Last post January 15, 2016
    • I'm getting an error with a PS project made in VS 2013 when I try to open it in 2015. Anyone else seeing this? Please tell me it's not just us :)
  • Copy files to build directory
    1 Posts | Last post January 14, 2016
    • Hi, 
      i want to copy some files of my PS Project to my Output Directory (\bin). In a normal Project i have the property "Copy to Output Directory" to Control that. Is there any way to have the same functionality in a Powershell Project?
  • Executing script from Solution Folder with right click
    1 Posts | Last post January 12, 2016
    • I have VS 2015 solution with a powershell script in a solution folder (not in a project) and right clicking it gives the context menu with "Execute as Script" and "Execute as Script with Parameters". However, selecting either one to execute the script doesn't appear to actually do anything, i.e. there is nothing in the output window.
      Is this supported?
  • Cannot set breakpoints in PSM1 files
    2 Posts | Last post December 22, 2015
    • Hi,
      I've just started using the excellent poshtools for VisStudio and noticed that I can no longer place a breakpoint in a PS Module file.
      I believe I could do this up until Update 1 of VisStudio.
      Anyone else see this?
    • Hi,
      Same problem for me.
  • Open ISE (64-bit) as Administrator
    1 Posts | Last post December 09, 2015
    • Hi
      Hopefully this is real easy question. I notice the in the right menu option there is Open in ISE 86 which I never use. I would prefer Open in ISE (64-bit) As administrator.  This is esp useful if running vs2015 on a server vm.
  • Testing with Pester
    1 Posts | Last post December 09, 2015
    • I created two projects one for the script I want to create and one for the pester test.  I see the ability to add a reference to the main project into my test project but I am not sure what that is doing?  My pester test still could not see my functions from my other project.  I still had to . source my main project using a hard-coded path.  So what is the point of referencing projects?  Is there a better way to add your main project files into your pester test from another project?
  • Build Events support
    1 Posts | Last post December 03, 2015
    • HI,
      Great Job with this extention!
      Do you have plans to add Build Events support in the Powershell Project Templates.
      It would be great if you can represent the Modules that are required in certain script as Dependancies so Dependancy build events can triger custom script that imports these modules for exmaple.
      Best Regards,
      Georgi Ivanov
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