Run PowerShell on Mac OS X

As you have probably heard by now, Microsoft has just open-sourced PowerShell and made it available for Linux and Mac OS X. In this blog post, I will take you through the steps to download, install and run PowerShell on a Mac.

Download and Install PowerShell for Mac OX

  1. Go to PowerShell github project:
  2. Scroll down to the Get PowerShell section and download .pkg:

Download OS X pkg file for PowerShell

3. Locate the newly downloaded file in Downloads, right-click it and click Open:

Install PowerShell pkg on Mac OS X

4. You will be warned that this is a file from the Internet and then prompted for your local administrative password, then go through the installation wizard.

Run PowerShell on Mac OS X

PowerShell is a command-prompt in your terminal window, so to start it:

  1. Start the Terminal application,
  2. Now you can simply type powershell as a command and this will start the PowerShell engine and move you from the bash prompt ($) to the PowerShell prompt (PS):
    Starting PowerShell prompt on Mac OS X in bash Terminal

  3. That is it! You can now type a PowerShell command and see the output. For example, here’s Get-Process:
    Get-Process powershell command on Mac OS X

If you are new to PowerShell, see the Learning PowerShell page on GitHub.


8 Responses to “Run PowerShell on Mac OS X”

  1. 1 Patrick Minze August 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Can you install the AzureRM cmdlets?

  2. 2 Patrick Minze August 19, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Can you install AzureRM cmdlets, or is just the standard out of the box Powershell?

    • 3 Dmitry Sotnikov August 20, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Well, on the first attempt it didn’t work for me:

      PS /usr> Install-Module AzureRM                                                 
      PackageManagement\Install-Package : Unable to find module providers 
      At /usr/local/microsoft/powershell/6.0.0-alpha.9/Modules/PowerShellGet/PSModule
      .psm1:1706 char:21
      + ...          $null = PackageManagement\Install-Package @PSBoundParameters
      +                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (Microsoft.Power....InstallPack 
         age:InstallPackage) [Install-Package], Exception
          + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnknownProviders,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageMan 
  3. 6 Anonymous April 29, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Sudo Powershell then run Install-Module AzureRM

  4. 7 js2010 June 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    That bright yellow for commands is horrible, as is white or gray for other things. My $profile starts like this:

    set-psreadlineoption command darkyellow
    set-psreadlineoption number darkgray
    set-psreadlineoption member darkgray
    set-psreadlineoption operator darkgray
    set-psreadlineoption type darkgray

  5. 8 Sathish Narayanan May 24, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    In MacOs shell command of PowerShell changed pwsh.

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