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Resolve-Path

Updated: May 8, 2014

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 4.0

Resolve-Path

Resolves the wildcard characters in a path, and displays the path contents.

Aliases

The following abbreviations are aliases for this cmdlet:

  • rvpa

Syntax

Parameter Set: Path
Resolve-Path [-Path] <String[]> [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-Relative] [-UseTransaction] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: LiteralPath
Resolve-Path -LiteralPath <String[]> [-Credential <PSCredential> ] [-Relative] [-UseTransaction] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Resolve-Path cmdlet interprets the wildcard characters in a path and displays the items and containers at the location specified by the path, such as the files and folders or registry keys and subkeys.

Parameters

-Credential<PSCredential>

Specifies a user account that has permission to perform this action. The default is the current user.

Type a user name, such as "User01" or "Domain01\User01". Or, enter a PSCredential object, such as one generated by the Get-Credential cmdlet. If you type a user name, you will be prompted for a password.

This parameter is not supported by any providers installed with Windows PowerShell.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

Current user

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-LiteralPath<String[]>

Specifies the path to be resolved. The value of LiteralPath is used exactly as it is typed. No characters are interpreted as wildcards. If the path includes escape characters, enclose it in single quotation marks. Single quotation marks tell Windows PowerShell not to interpret any characters as escape sequences.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByValue, ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Path<String[]>

Specifies the Windows PowerShell path to resolve. This parameter is required. You can also pipe a path string to Resolve-Path.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByValue, ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Relative

Returns a relative path.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

False

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-UseTransaction

Includes the command in the active transaction. This parameter is valid only when a transaction is in progress. For more information, see about_Transactions


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see  about_CommonParameters (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=113216).

Inputs

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

  • System.String

    You can pipe a string that contains a path to Resolve-Path.


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • System.Management.Automation.PathInfo or System.String

    If you use the Relative parameter, Resolve-Path returns a string that contains the resolved path. Otherwise, it returns a PathInfo object.


Notes

  • The cmdlets that contain the Path noun (the Path cmdlets) manipulate path names and return the names in a concise format that all Windows PowerShell providers can interpret. They are designed for use in programs and scripts where you want to display all or part of a path name in a particular format. Use them like you would use Dirname, Normpath, Realpath, Join, or other path manipulators.

    You can use the Path cmdlets with several providers, including the FileSystem, Registry, and Certificate providers.

    The Resolve-Path cmdlet is designed to work with the data exposed by any provider. To list the providers available in your session, type "Get-PSProvider". For more information, see about_Providers.

Examples

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 1 --------------------------

This command resolves the path represented by the tilde character (~), which represents the home path of a file system drive, such as C:.


PS C:\> resolve-path ~
C:\Users\User01

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 2 --------------------------

When run from the root of the C: drive, this command returns the path to the Windows directory in the C: drive.


PS C:\> resolve-path windows
C:\Windows

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 3 --------------------------

This command returns all of the directories in the C:\Windows directory. The command uses a pipeline operator (|) to send a path string to Resolve-Path.


PS C:\> "C:\windows\*" | resolve-path

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 4 --------------------------

This command resolves a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path and returns the shares in the path.


PS C:\> resolve-path \\Server01\public

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 5 --------------------------

This command returns relative paths for the directories at the root of the C: drive.


PS C:\> resolve-path c:\prog* -relative
..\Program Files
..\Program Files (x86)
..\programs.txt

-------------------------- EXAMPLE 6 --------------------------

This command resolves the path to the Test[xml] subdirectory of the current directory. It uses the LiteralPath parameter to indicate that the brackets are not regular expression characters.


PS C:\> resolve-path -literalPath test[xml]

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