Resolve-Path

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

Syntax

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

Description

The Resolve-Path cmdlet displays the items and containers that match the wildcard pattern at the location specified. The match can include files, folders, registry keys, or any other object accessible from a PSDrive provider.

Examples

Example 1: Resolve the home folder path

The tilde character (~) is shorthand notation for the current user's home folder. This example shows Resolve-Path returning the fully qualified path value.

PS C:\> Resolve-Path ~

Path
----
C:\Users\User01

Example 2: Resolve the path of the Windows folder

PS C:\> Resolve-Path -Path "windows"

Path
----
C:\Windows

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

Example 3: Get all paths in the Windows folder

PS C:\> "C:\windows\*" | Resolve-Path

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

Example 4: Resolve a UNC path

PS C:\> Resolve-Path -Path "\\Server01\public"

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

Example 5: Get relative paths

PS C:\> Resolve-Path -Path "c:\prog*" -Relative

.\Program Files
.\Program Files (x86)
.\programs.txt

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

Example 6: Resolve a path containing brackets

This example uses the LiteralPath parameter to resolve the path of the Test[xml] subfolder. Using LiteralPath causes the brackets to be treated as normal characters rather than a regular expression.

PS C:\> Resolve-Path -LiteralPath 'test[xml]'

Required Parameters

-LiteralPath

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

Type:String[]
Aliases:PSPath
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Path

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

Type:String[]
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName, ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False

Optional Parameters

-Credential

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 pass a PSCredential object. You can create a PSCredential object using the Get-Credential cmdlet. If you type a user name, this cmdlet prompts you for a password.

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

Type:PSCredential
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByPropertyName)
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Relative

Indicates that this cmdlet returns a relative path.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
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.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:usetx
Position:Named
Default value:False
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

Inputs

System.String

You can pipe a string that contains a path to this cmdlet.

Outputs

System.Management.Automation.PathInfo, System.String

Returns a PathInfo object. Returns a string value for the resolved path if you specify the Relative parameter.

Notes

  • The *-Path cmdlets work with the FileSystem, Registry, and Certificate providers.
  • Resolve-Path is designed to work with any provider. To list the providers available in your session, type Get-PSProvider. For more information, see about_providers.