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Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0

Gets the current culture set in the operating system.


Get-Culture [<CommonParameters>]


The Get-Culture cmdlet gets information about the current culture settings. This includes information about the current language settings on the system, such as the keyboard layout, and the display format of items such as numbers, currency, and dates.

You can also use the Get-UICulture cmdlet, which gets the current user interface culture on the system. The user-interface (UI) culture determines which text strings are used for user interface elements, such as menus and messages.



This command supports the common parameters: Verbose, Debug, ErrorAction, ErrorVariable, OutBuffer, OutVariable, WarningAction, and WarningVariable. For more information, see about_CommonParameters.

Inputs and Outputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet. The return type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet returns.




You cannot pipe input to this cmdlet.



Get-Culture returns an object that represents the current culture.


You can also use the $PsCulture and $PsUICulture variables. The $PsCulture variable stores the name of the current culture and the $PsUICulture variable stores the name of the current UI culture.

Example 1




This command displays information about the regional settings on the computer.

Example 2

C:\PS>$c = get-culture

C:\PS> $c | format-list -property *

Parent                         : en
LCID                           : 1033
KeyboardLayoutId               : 1033
Name                           : en-US
IetfLanguageTag                : en-US
DisplayName                    : English (United States)
NativeName                     : English (United States)
EnglishName                    : English (United States)
TwoLetterISOLanguageName       : en
ThreeLetterISOLanguageName     : eng
ThreeLetterWindowsLanguageName : ENU
CompareInfo                    : CompareInfo - 1033
TextInfo                       : TextInfo - 1033
IsNeutralCulture               : False
CultureTypes                   : SpecificCultures, InstalledWin32Cultures, FrameworkCultures
NumberFormat                   : System.Globalization.NumberFormatInfo
DateTimeFormat                 : System.Globalization.DateTimeFormatInfo
Calendar                       : System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar
OptionalCalendars              : {System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar, System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar}
UseUserOverride                : True
IsReadOnly                     : False

C:\PS> $c.calendar

MinSupportedDateTime : 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
MaxSupportedDateTime : 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM
AlgorithmType        : SolarCalendar
CalendarType         : Localized
Eras                 : {1}
TwoDigitYearMax      : 2029
IsReadOnly           : False

C:\PS> $c.datetimeformat

AMDesignator                     : AM
Calendar                         : System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar
DateSeparator                    : /
FirstDayOfWeek                   : Sunday
CalendarWeekRule                 : FirstDay
FullDateTimePattern              : dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy h:mm:ss tt
LongDatePattern                  : dddd, MMMM dd, yyyy
LongTimePattern                  : h:mm:ss tt
MonthDayPattern                  : MMMM dd
PMDesignator                     : PM
RFC1123Pattern                   : ddd, dd MMM yyyy HH':'mm':'ss 'GMT'
ShortDatePattern                 : M/d/yyyy
ShortTimePattern                 : h:mm tt
SortableDateTimePattern          : yyyy'-'MM'-'dd'T'HH':'mm':'ss
TimeSeparator                    : :
UniversalSortableDateTimePattern : yyyy'-'MM'-'dd HH':'mm':'ss'Z'
YearMonthPattern                 : MMMM, yyyy
AbbreviatedDayNames              : {Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed...}
ShortestDayNames                 : {Su, Mo, Tu, We...}
DayNames                         : {Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...}
AbbreviatedMonthNames            : {Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr...}
MonthNames                       : {January, February, March, April...}
IsReadOnly                       : False
NativeCalendarName               : Gregorian Calendar
AbbreviatedMonthGenitiveNames    : {Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr...}
MonthGenitiveNames               : {January, February, March, April...}

C:\PS> $c.datetimeformat.firstdayofweek



This example demonstrates the vast amount of data in the culture object. It shows how to display the properties and sub-properties of the object.

The first command uses the Get-Culture cmdlet to get the current culture settings on the computer. It stores the resulting culture object in the $c variable.

The second command displays all of the properties of the culture object. It uses a pipeline operator (|) to send the culture object in $c to the Format-List cmdlet. It uses the Property parameter to display all (*) properties of the object. (This command can be abbreviated as "$c | fl *".)

The remaining commands explore the properties of the culture object by using dot notation to display the values of the object properties. You can use this notation to display the value of any property of the object.

The third command uses dot notation to display the value of the Calendar property of the culture object.

The fourth command uses dot notation to display the value of the DataTimeFormat property of the culture object.

Many object properties have properties. The fifth command uses dot notation to display the value of the FirstDayOfWeek property of the DateTimeFormat property.

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