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You, PowerShell Core, and the Prompt (Windows)

25 Jan 2020 - Cody Merritt Anhorn

We will go over how to create a new prompt display for PowerShell Core (Windows).

How To

First you will need to navigate to your PowerShell directory, by default mine was located in the Documents folder of my Users profile, ~\Documents\PowerShell.

Create a new file called Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1, this is the filename used for the default profile file that will automatically get pulled in when PowerShell Core gets loaded.

To override/change the prompt you just need to create a function prompt, with a return of what you want your shiny new prompt to be. Below is the my personal prompt code snippet, and here is an example image.

An image showing off example of prompt override.


My Personal Prompt, requires git:

# Override the prompt
function prompt {
    $base = "PS "
    $path = "$($executionContext.SessionState.Path.CurrentLocation)"
    $userPrompt = "$('>' * ($nestedPromptLevel + 1)) "

    Write-Host "`n$base" -NoNewline

    $symbolicRefHead = git symbolic-ref HEAD

    if ($NULL -ne $symbolicRefHead) {
        Write-Host $path -NoNewline -ForegroundColor "green"
    else {
        # we're not in a repo so don't bother displaying branch name/sha
        Write-Host $path -ForegroundColor "green"

    return $userPrompt

# Git Prompt Display
function Write-BranchName () {
    try {
        $branch = git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD

        if ($branch -eq "HEAD") {
            # we're probably in detached HEAD state, so print the SHA
            $branch = git rev-parse --short HEAD
            Write-Host " ($branch)" -ForegroundColor "red"
        else {
            # we're on an actual branch, so print it
            Write-Host " ($branch)" -ForegroundColor "blue"
    catch {
        # we'll end up here if we're in a newly initiated git repo
        Write-Host " (no branches yet)" -ForegroundColor "yellow"

The Default Prompt:

function prompt {
    "PS $($ExecutionContext.SessionState.Path.CurrentLocation)$('>' * ($nestedPromptLevel + 1)) "

Reference Links: - PowerShell Prompt

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Tags: Powershell

Cody Merritt Anhorn