Gets an object that represents the current host program.


Get-Host []


The Get-Host cmdlet gets an object that represents the program that is hosting Windows PowerShell.

The default display includes the Windows PowerShell version number and the current region and language settings that the host is using, but the host object contains a wealth of information, including detailed information about the version of Windows PowerShell that is currently running and the current culture and UI culture of Windows PowerShell. You can also use this cmdlet to customize features of the host program user interface, such as the text and background colors.


Example 1: Get information about the PowerShell console host


Name             : ConsoleHost
Version          : 2.0
InstanceId       : e4e0ab54-cc5e-4261-9117-4081f20ce7a2
UI               : System.Management.Automation.Internal.Host.InternalHostUserInterface
CurrentCulture   : en-US
CurrentUICulture : en-US
PrivateData      : Microsoft.PowerShell.ConsoleHost+ConsoleColorProxy
IsRunspacePushed : False
Runspace         : System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.LocalRunspace

This command displays information about the PowerShell console, which is the current host program for PowerShell in this example. It includes the name of the host, the version of PowerShell that is running in the host, and current culture and UI culture.

The Version, UI, CurrentCulture, CurrentUICulture, PrivateData, and Runspace properties each contain an object with other useful properties. Later examples examine these properties.

Example 2: Resize the PowerShell window

$H = Get-Host
$Win = $H.UI.RawUI.WindowSize
$Win.Height = 10
$Win.Width  = 10

This command resizes the Windows PowerShell window to 10 lines by 10 characters.

Example 3: Get the PowerShell version for the host


Major  Minor  Build  Revision PSSemVerPreReleaseLabel    PSSemVerBuildLabel
-----  -----  -----  -------- -----------------------    ------------------
7      4      0      -1       preview.1

This command gets detailed information about the version of Windows PowerShell running in the host. You can view, but not change, these values.

The Version property of Get-Host contains a System.Version object. This command uses a pipeline operator (|) to send the version object to the Format-List cmdlet. The Format-List command uses the Property parameter with a value of all (*) to display all of the properties and property values of the version object.

Example 4: Get the current culture for the host

(Get-Host).CurrentCulture | Format-List

Parent                         : en
LCID                           : 1033
KeyboardLayoutId               : 1033
Name                           : en-US
IetfLanguageTag                : en-US
DisplayName                    : English (United States)
NativeName                     : English (United States)
EnglishName                    : English (United States)
TwoLetterISOLanguageName       : en
ThreeLetterISOLanguageName     : eng
ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName : ENU
CompareInfo                    : CompareInfo - en-US
TextInfo                       : TextInfo - en-US
IsNeutralCulture               : False
CultureTypes                   : SpecificCultures, InstalledWin32Cultures
NumberFormat                   : System.Globalization.NumberFormatInfo
DateTimeFormat                 : System.Globalization.DateTimeFormatInfo
Calendar                       : System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar
OptionalCalendars              : {System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar}
UseUserOverride                : True
IsReadOnly                     : True

This command gets detailed information about the current culture set for Windows PowerShell running in the host. This is the same information that is returned by the Get-Culture cmdlet.

Similarly, the CurrentUICulture property returns the same object that Get-UICulture returns.

The CurrentCulture property of the host object contains a System.Globalization.CultureInfo object. This command uses a pipeline operator (|) to send the CultureInfo object to the Format-List cmdlet. The Format-List command uses the Property parameter with a value of all (*) to display all of the properties and property values of the CultureInfo object.

Example 5: Get the DateTimeFormat for the current culture

(Get-Host).CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat | Format-List

AMDesignator                     : AM
Calendar                         : System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar
DateSeparator                    : /
FirstDayOfWeek                   : Sunday
CalendarWeekRule                 : FirstDay
FullDateTimePattern              : dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy h:mm:ss tt
LongDatePattern                  : dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy
LongTimePattern                  : h:mm:ss tt
MonthDayPattern                  : MMMM dd
PMDesignator                     : PM
RFC1123Pattern                   : ddd, dd MMM yyyy HH':'mm':'ss 'GMT'
ShortDatePattern                 : M/d/yyyy
ShortTimePattern                 : h:mm tt
SortableDateTimePattern          : yyyy'-'MM'-'dd'T'HH':'mm':'ss
TimeSeparator                    : :
UniversalSortableDateTimePattern : yyyy'-'MM'-'dd HH':'mm':'ss'Z'
YearMonthPattern                 : MMMM, yyyy
AbbreviatedDayNames              : {Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed...}
ShortestDayNames                 : {Su, Mo, Tu, We...}
DayNames                         : {Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...}
AbbreviatedMonthNames            : {Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr...}
MonthNames                       : {January, February, March, April...}
IsReadOnly                       : False
NativeCalendarName               : Gregorian Calendar
AbbreviatedMonthGenitiveNames    : {Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr...}
MonthGenitiveNames               : {January, February, March, April...}

This command returns detailed information about the DateTimeFormat of the current culture that is being used for Windows PowerShell.

The CurrentCulture property of the host object contains a CultureInfo object that, in turn, has many useful properties. Among them, the DateTimeFormat property contains a DateTimeFormatInfo object with many useful properties.

To find the type of an object that is stored in an object property, use the Get-Member cmdlet. To display the property values of the object, use the Format-List cmdlet.

Example 6: Get the RawUI property for the host

This command displays the properties of the RawUI property of the host object. By changing these values, you can change the appearance of the host program.


ForegroundColor       : Gray
BackgroundColor       : Black
CursorPosition        : 0,28
WindowPosition        : 0,0
CursorSize            : 25
BufferSize            : 120,29
WindowSize            : 120,29
MaxWindowSize         : 120,29
MaxPhysicalWindowSize : 1904,69
KeyAvailable          : True
WindowTitle           : PowerShell 7.3.3


On non-Windows platforms, ForegroundColor and BackgroundColor default to -1 because there is no consistent way to get these on non-Windows platforms.



You can't pipe objects to this cmdlet.



This cmdlet returns an InternalHost object.


The $Host automatic variable contains the same object that Get-Host returns, and you can use it in the same way. Similarly, the $PSCulture and $PSUICulture automatic variables contain the same objects that the CurrentCulture and CurrentUICulture properties of the host object contain. You can use these features interchangeably.


The color settings in $Host.PrivateData have been replaced by the $PSStyle preference variable. For more information, see about_ANSI_Terminals.

For more information, see about_Automatic_Variables.