Get-Verb [[-verb] <String>]
Get-Verb function gets verbs that are approved for use in PowerShell commands.
PowerShell recommends cmdlet and function names have the Verb-Noun format and include an approved verb. This practice makes command names more consistent, predictable, and easier to use.
Commands that use unapproved verbs run in PowerShell. However, when you import a module that
includes a command with an unapproved verb in its name, the
Import-Module command displays a
The verb list that
Get-Verb returns might not be complete. For an updated list of approved
PowerShell verbs with descriptions, see
Approved Verbs in
the Microsoft Docs.
Example 1 - Get a list of all verbs
Example 2 - Get a list of approved verbs that begin with "un"
Get-Verb un* Verb Group ---- ----- Undo Common Unlock Common Unpublish Data Uninstall Lifecycle Unregister Lifecycle Unblock Security Unprotect Security
Example 3 - Get all approved verbs in the Security group
Get-Verb | Where-Object Group -EQ Security Verb Group ---- ----- Block Security Grant Security Protect Security Revoke Security Unblock Security Unprotect Security
Example 4 - Finds all commands in a module that have unapproved verbs
Get-Command -Module Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility | Where-Object Verb -NotIn (Get-Verb).Verb CommandType Name Version Source ----------- ---- ------- ------ Cmdlet Sort-Object 188.8.131.52 Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility Cmdlet Tee-Object 184.108.40.206 Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility
Gets only the specified verbs. Enter the name of a verb or a name pattern. Wildcards are allowed.
|Default value:||All verbs|
|Accept pipeline input:||True (ByValue)|
|Accept wildcard characters:||True|
Get-Verb returns a modified version of a Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.MemberDefinition object.
The object does not have the standard properties of a MemberDefinition object. Instead it has Verb
and Group properties. The Verb property contains a string with the verb name. The Group property
contains a string with the verb group.
PowerShell verbs are assigned to a group based on their most common use. The groups are designed to make the verbs easy to find and compare, not to restrict their use. You can use any approved verb for any type of command.
Each PowerShell verb is assigned to one of the following groups.
- Common: Define generic actions that can apply to almost any cmdlet, such as Add.
- Communications: Define actions that apply to communications, such as Connect.
- Data: Define actions that apply to data handling, such as Backup.
- Diagnostic: Define actions that apply to diagnostics, such as Debug.
- Lifecycle: Define actions that apply to the lifecycle of a cmdlet, such as Complete.
- Security: Define actions that apply to security, such as Revoke.
- Other: Define other types of actions.
Some of the cmdlets that are installed with PowerShell, such as
unapproved verbs. These cmdlets are historic exceptions and their verbs are classified as