Here is the run down of the most popular add-ons available for the PowerGUI Script Editor which can make your PowerShell scripting and debugging experience even more exciting:
1. PowerShell Script Signing – by far the number one add-on which already had more than 300 downloads.
- Digitally sign any signable PowerShell file
- Test the signature on any signed PowerShell file and view its details
- Select a default script signing certificate from a list of valid code signing certificates
- Automatically save files when you sign them
- Configure which certificates to include in the signatures that are applied to files you sign
- Optionally specify a timestamp server to be used when signing your files (recommended)
2. Believe it or not add-on changing the interactive PowerShell Console pane to familiar white on blue color scheme is number 2 in the charts with 165 downloads at this very moment.
- Use a theme similar to the native Blue PowerShell Console right from inside the PowerGUI Script Editor
3. Clear PowerShell Console – 131 download so far:
- Clear your embedded PowerShell Console by pressing Ctrl+R or selecting View | Clear PowerShell Console
4. Transcription Support has 108 downloads:
- Full support for Start-Transcript and Stop-Transcript in the embedded PowerShell Console
5. Expand Alias – 86 downloads:
- Expand aliases in the code pane to the full cmdlet name by pressing Ctrl+E or selecting Tools | ExpandAlias
6. Smart Execute Selection / Debug switcher – 68 downloads:
- This Script Editor Add-on assigns the same shortcut key (F5) to run all code (Start Debugging) or selected code (Execute Selection). It also adds a new menu item ‘Run Code’ under the Tools menu.
- Allows to run all code or selected code with one keyboard shortcut, F5.
7. Publish PowerShell Scripts Online – 53 downloads:
- Allows you to publish any file you have open in the Script Editor on PoshCode.org
- Preserves configuration for individual files so that you don’t have to re-enter the same information when publishing updates.
I love all of these and I highly recommend checking them out. Keep your eye on the PowerGUI Script Editor add-ons library – there is more great stuff coming.