New-Alias

Creates a new alias.

Syntax

New-Alias
   [-Name] <String>
   [-Value] <String>
   [-Description <String>]
   [-Option <ScopedItemOptions>]
   [-PassThru]
   [-Scope <String>]
   [-Force]
   [-WhatIf]
   [-Confirm]
   [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The New-Alias cmdlet creates a new alias in the current PowerShell session. Aliases created by using New-Alias are not saved after you exit the session or close PowerShell. You can use the Export-Alias cmdlet to save your alias information to a file. You can later use Import-Alias to retrieve that saved alias information.

Examples

Example 1: Create an alias for a cmdlet

New-Alias -Name "List" Get-ChildItem

This command creates an alias named List to represent the Get-ChildItem cmdlet.

Example 2: Create a read-only alias for a cmdlet

New-Alias -Name "C" -Value Get-ChildItem -Description "quick gci alias" -Option ReadOnly
Get-Alias -Name "C" | Format-List *

This command creates an alias named C to represent the Get-ChildItem cmdlet. It creates a description, quick wmi alias, for the alias and makes it read-only. The last line of the command uses Get-Alias to get the new alias and pipes it to Format-List to display all of the information about it.

Parameters

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.

Type:SwitchParameter
Aliases:cf
Position:Named
Default value:False
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Description

Specifies a description of the alias. You can type any string. If the description includes spaces, enclose it in quotation marks.

Type:String
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Force

Indicates that the cmdlet acts like Set-Alias if the alias named already exists.

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

Specifies the new alias. You can use any alphanumeric characters in an alias, but the first character cannot be a number.

Type:String
Position:0
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Option

Specifies the value of the Options property of the alias. Valid values are:

  • None: The alias has no constraints (default value)
  • ReadOnly: The alias can be deleted but cannot be changed except by using the Force parameter
  • Constant: The alias cannot be deleted or changed
  • Private: The alias is available only in the current scope
  • AllScope: The alias is copied to any new scopes that are created
  • Unspecified: The option is not specified

These values are defined as a flag-based enumeration. You can combine multiple values together to set multiple flags using this parameter. The values can be passed to the Option parameter as an array of values or as a comma-separated string of those values. The cmdlet will combine the values using a binary-OR operation. Passing values as an array is the simplest option and also allows you to use tab-completion on the values.

To see the Options property of all aliases in the session, type Get-Alias | Format-Table -Property Name, Options -AutoSize.

Type:ScopedItemOptions
Accepted values:None, ReadOnly, Constant, Private, AllScope, Unspecified
Position:Named
Default value:[System.Management.Automation.ScopedItemOptions]::None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-PassThru

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

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

Specifies the scope of the new alias. The acceptable values for this parameter are:

  • Global
  • Local
  • Script
  • A number relative to the current scope (0 through the number of scopes, where 0 is the current scope and 1 is its parent).

Local is the default. For more information, see about_Scopes.

Type:String
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Value

Specifies the name of the cmdlet or command element that is being aliased.

Type:String
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True
Accept wildcard characters:False
-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.

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

Inputs

None

You cannot pipe input to this cmdlet.

Outputs

None or System.Management.Automation.AliasInfo

When you use the Passthru parameter, New-Alias generates a System.Management.Automation.AliasInfo object representing the new alias. Otherwise, this cmdlet does not generate any output.

Notes

  • To create a new alias, use Set-Alias or New-Alias. To change an alias, use Set-Alias. To delete an alias, use Remove-Item.