DSC Archive Resource

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows PowerShell 5.x

The Archive resource in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) provides a mechanism to unpack archive (.zip) files at a specific path.


This documentation of this DSC resource covers the version that's included with PowerShell prior to version 7.2. The PSDscResources module contains new and updated DSC Resources that are officially supported by Microsoft. The PSDscResources module is available from the PowerShell Gallery.

For more information and updated documentation, see the PSDscResources reference documentation.


Archive [string] #ResourceName
    Destination = [string]
    Path = [string]
    [ Checksum = [string] { CreatedDate | ModifiedDate | SHA-1 | SHA-256 | SHA-512 } ]
    [ Credential = [PSCredential] ]
    [ Force = [bool] ]
    [ Validate = [bool] ]
    [ Ensure = [string] { Absent | Present } ]
    [ DependsOn = [string[]] ]
    [ PsDscRunAsCredential = [PSCredential] ]


Property Description
Destination Specifies the location where you want to ensure the archive contents are extracted.
Path Specifies the source path of the archive file.
Checksum Defines the type to use when determining whether two files are the same. If Checksum is not specified, only the file or directory name is used for comparison. Valid values include: SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512, createdDate, modifiedDate. If you specify Checksum without Validate, the configuration will fail.
Credential The credential of a user account with permissions to access the specified archive path and destination if needed.
Force Certain file operations (such as overwriting a file or deleting a directory that is not empty) will result in an error. Using the Force property overrides such errors. The default value is False.
Validate Uses the Checksum property to determine if the archive matches the signature. If you specify Checksum without Validate, the configuration will fail. If you specify Validate without Checksum, a SHA-256 Checksum is used by default.

Common properties

Property Description
DependsOn Indicates that the configuration of another resource must run before this resource is configured. For example, if the ID of the resource configuration script block that you want to run first is ResourceName and its type is ResourceType, the syntax for using this property is DependsOn = "[ResourceType]ResourceName".
Ensure Determines whether to check if the content of the archive exists at the Destination. Set this property to Present to ensure the contents exist. Set it to Absent to ensure they do not exist. The default value is Present.
PsDscRunAsCredential Sets the credential for running the entire resource as.


The PsDscRunAsCredential common property was added in WMF 5.0 to allow running any DSC resource in the context of other credentials. For more information, see Use Credentials with DSC Resources.


The following example shows how to use the Archive resource to ensure that the contents of an archive file called Test.zip exist and are extracted at a given destination using and authorized.

Archive ArchiveExample {
    Ensure = "Present"
    Path = "C:\Users\Public\Documents\Test.zip"
    Destination = "C:\Users\Public\Documents\ExtractionPath"