Top 7 Script Editor Add-Ons

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 ViewClear 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.

4 Responses to “Top 7 Script Editor Add-Ons”


  1. 1 Anonymous November 2, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Unfortunately the site is down now. Have you got, by any luck, these add-ons locally and can share it online? That would be great for many people because now these add-ons cannot be found anywhere.


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