Measures the time it takes to run script blocks and cmdlets.


       [-Expression] <ScriptBlock>
       [-InputObject <PSObject>]


The Measure-Command cmdlet runs a script block or cmdlet internally, times the execution of the operation, and returns the execution time.


Example 1: Measure the time to run a command

Measure-Command { Get-EventLog "windows powershell" }

This command measures the time it takes to run a Get-EventLog command that gets the events in the Windows PowerShell event log.

Example 2

Measure-Command {Get-ChildItem -Path C:\Windows\*.txt -Recurse}

Days              : 0
Hours             : 0
Minutes           : 0
Seconds           : 8
Milliseconds      : 618
Ticks             : 86182763
TotalDays         : 9.9748568287037E-05
TotalHours        : 0.00239396563888889
TotalMinutes      : 0.143637938333333
TotalSeconds      : 8.6182763
TotalMilliseconds : 8618.2763

Measure-Command {Get-ChildItem C:\Windows -Filter "*.txt" -Recurse}

Days              : 0
Hours             : 0
Minutes           : 0
Seconds           : 1
Milliseconds      : 140
Ticks             : 11409189
TotalDays         : 1.32050798611111E-05
TotalHours        : 0.000316921916666667
TotalMinutes      : 0.019015315
TotalSeconds      : 1.1409189
TotalMilliseconds : 1140.9189

The first command measures the time it takes to process a recursive Get-ChildItem command that uses the -Path parameter to get only .txt files in the C:\Windows directory and its subdirectories.

The second command measures the time it takes to process a recursive Get-ChildItem command that uses the provider-specific -Filter parameter.

These commands show the value of using a provider-specific filter in Windows PowerShell commands.

Required Parameters


Specifies the expression that is being timed. Enclose the expression in braces ({}). The parameter name ("Expression") is optional.

Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

Optional Parameters


Specifies objects representing the expressions to be measured. Enter a variable that contains the objects or type a command or expression that gets the objects.

Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False



You can pipe an object to Measure-Command.



Measure-Command returns a time span object that represents the result.


  • For more information, type: Get-Help Measure-Command -Detailed
  • For technical information, type: Get-Help Measure-Command -Full
  • When specifying multiple values for a parameter, use commas to separate the values. For example, <parameter-name> <value1>, <value2>.