What Data Type Does PowerShell Output?


Larry Thompson

In PowerShell, the output of a command or script is not limited to a single data type. It can produce various types of output depending on the nature of the command and its execution. Understanding these different data types is essential for working effectively with PowerShell.

String Data Type

One of the most common data types produced by PowerShell is the string. A string is a sequence of characters enclosed in single quotes (”) or double quotes (“”).

It can be used to represent text, file paths, URLs, and more. For example:

  • "Hello, World!"
  • 'C:\Windows\System32'

Numeric Data Types

PowerShell supports several numeric data types:


An integer represents whole numbers without any decimal places. It can be either positive or negative. For example:

  • 42
  • -10

Float and Double

A float or double represents numbers with decimal places. The main difference between them is the precision they offer.

  • 3.14
  • -0.5
  • -1.23e-4 (scientific notation)

Boolean Data Type

The boolean data type represents logical values: either true or false. It is commonly used for conditional statements and comparisons. For example:

  • $true
  • $false

Array Data Type

An array is an ordered collection of elements that can contain values of different data types. It allows grouping related data together. For example:

  • @("apple", "banana", "orange")
  • @(1, 2, 3, 4)

Object Data Type

An object is a complex data type that contains properties and methods. It represents a specific instance of a class or type.

PowerShell uses objects extensively for its cmdlets (command-lets). For example:

  • $file = Get-Item -Path 'C:\example.txt'
  • $process = Get-Process -Name 'notepad'

In conclusion, PowerShell output can be in various data types such as strings, numbers (integers, floats, and doubles), booleans, arrays, and objects. Understanding these different data types will help you manipulate and utilize the output effectively in your PowerShell scripts.

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