Convert​To-​Xml

Creates an XML-based representation of an object.

Syntax

ConvertTo-Xml
         [-InputObject] <PSObject>
         [-As <String>]
         [-Depth <Int32>]
         [-NoTypeInformation]
         [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The ConvertTo-Xml cmdlet creates an XML-based representation of one or more Microsoft .NET Framework objects. To use this cmdlet, pipe one or more objects to the cmdlet, or use the InputObject parameter to specify the object.

When you pipe multiple objects to ConvertTo-XML or use the InputObject parameter to submit multiple objects, ConvertTo-XML returns a single XML document that includes representations of all of the objects.

This cmdlet is similar to Export-Clixml except that Export-Clixml stores the resulting XML in a file. ConvertTo-XML returns the XML, so you can continue to process it in Windows PowerShell.

Examples

Example 1: Convert a date to XML

PS C:\> Get-Date | ConvertTo-Xml

This command converts the current date (a DateTime object) to XML.

Example 2: Convert processes to XML

PS C:\> ConvertTo-Xml -As "Document" -InputObject (Get-Process) -Depth 3

This command converts the process objects that represent all of the processes on the computer into an XML document. The objects are expanded to a depth of three levels.

Required Parameters

-InputObject

Specifies the object to be converted. Enter a variable that contains the objects, or type a command or expression that gets the objects. You can also pipe objects to ConvertTo-XML.

Type:PSObject
Position:0
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False

Optional Parameters

-As

Determines the output format. The acceptable values for this parameter are:

  • String. Returns a single string.
  • Stream. Returns an array of strings.
  • Document. Returns an XmlDocument object.

The default value is Document.

Type:String
Parameter Sets:Stream, String, Document
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Depth

Specifies how many levels of contained objects are included in the XML representation. The default value is 1.

For example, if the object's properties also contain objects, to save an XML representation of the properties of the contained objects, you must specify a depth of 2.

The default value can be overridden for the object type in the Types.ps1xml files. For more information, see about_Types.ps1xml.

Type:Int32
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-NoTypeInformation

Omits the Type attribute from the object nodes.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

Inputs

System.Management.Automation.PSObject

You can pipe any object to ConvertTo-XML.

Outputs

System.String or System.Xml.XmlDocument

The value of the As parameter determines the type of object that ConvertTo-XML returns.