In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PowerShell on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, PowerShell Core is a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, and macOS) automation and configuration tool/framework that works well with your existing tools and is optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. It includes a command-line shell, an associated scripting language, and a framework for processing cmdlets.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Microsoft PowerShell on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install PowerShell on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing PowerShell on Ubuntu 16.04.
First, download the Debian package to your Ubuntu server:
wget https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/download/v6.0.0/powershell_6.0.0-1.ubuntu.17.04_amd64.deb dpkg -i powershell_6.0.0-1.ubuntu.17.04_amd64.deb
Install PowerShell using the following command:
apt-get install -f
Install PowerShell using the official Ubuntu Microsoft Repository:
curl https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/16.04/prod.list | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft.list
Then execute the following in the terminal:
apt-get update apt-get install -y powershell
After installation, you can run the PowerShell, by just issuing this command “
pwsh” in the prompt:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed PowerShell. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest stable version of Microsoft PowerShell on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official PowerShell website.