Out-​Null

Hides the output instead of sending it down the pipeline or displaying it.

Syntax

Out-Null
   [-InputObject <PSObject>]
   [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The Out-Null cmdlet sends its output to NULL, in effect, removing it from the pipeline and preventing the output to be displayed at the screen.

Examples

Example 1: Delete output

PS C:\> Get-ChildItem | Out-Null

This command gets items in the current location/directory, but its output is not passed through the pipeline nor displayed at the command line. This is useful for hiding output that you do not need.

Optional Parameters

-InputObject

Specifies the object to be sent to NULL (removed from pipeline). Enter a variable that contains the objects, or type a command or expression that gets the objects.

Type:PSObject
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False

Inputs

System.Management.Automation.PSObject

You can pipe any object to this cmdlet. .

Outputs

None

This cmdlet does not generate any output.

Notes

  • The cmdlets that contain the Out verb (the Out cmdlets) do not have parameters for names or file paths. To send data to an Out cmdlet, use a pipeline operator (|) to send the output of a Windows PowerShell command to the cmdlet. You can also store data in a variable and use the InputObject parameter to pass the data to the cmdlet. For more information, see the examples.
  • Out-Null does not return any output objects. If you pipe the output of Out-Null to the Get-Member cmdlet, Get-Member reports that no objects have been specified.