Updated: August 9, 2015


Gets the current UI culture settings in the operating system.


Get-UICulture [ <CommonParameters>]

Detailed Description

The Get-UICulture cmdlet gets information about the current user interface (UI) culture settings for Windows. The UI culture determines which text strings are used for user interface elements, such as menus and messages.

You can also use the Get-Culture cmdlet, which gets the current culture on the system. The culture determines the display format of items such as numbers, currency, and dates.



This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -InformationAction, -InformationVariable, -OutVariable, -OutBuffer, -PipelineVariable, -Verbose, -WarningAction, and -WarningVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.


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

  • None

    You cannot pipe input to this cmdlet.


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

  • System.Globalization.CultureInfo, Microsoft.PowerShell.VistaCultureInfo

    Get-UICulture returns an object that represents the current UI culture. In Windows PowerShell 3.0, it returns a CultureInfo object. In Windows PowerShell 2.0, it returns a VistaCultureInfo object.


  • 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: Get the UI culture

This command gets the current UI culture information.

PS C:\> Get-UICulture

Example 2: Get the UI culture and format the results

This command displays the values of all of the properties of the current UI culture in a list.

PS C:\> Get-UICulture | Format-List *

Example 3: Get the value of the Calendar property

This command displays the current values for the Calendar property of the current UI culture. Calendar is just one property of UI culture. To see all of the properties, type Get-UICulture | Get-Member.

PS C:\> (Get-UICulture).Calendar

Example 4: Get the short date pattern

This command displays the short date pattern for the current UI culture. To see all of the subproperties of the DateTimeFormat property of the UI culture, type (Get-UICulture).DateTimeFormat | gm.

PS C:\> (Get-UICulture).DateTimeFormat.ShortDatePattern

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