New-​Temporary​File

Creates a temporary file.

Syntax

New-TemporaryFile
   [-Confirm]
   [-WhatIf]
   [<CommonParameters>]

Description

The New-TemporaryFile cmdlet creates an empty file that has the .tmp file name extension. This cmdlet names the file tmpNNNN.tmp, where NNNN is a random hexadecimal number. The cmdlet creates the file in your $Env:Temp folder.

This cmdlet creates temporary files that you can use in scripts.

Examples

Example 1: Create a temporary file

PS C:\> $TempFile = New-TemporaryFile

This command generates a .tmp file in your temporary folder, and then stores a reference to the file in the $TempFile variable. You can use this file later in your script.

Optional 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
-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

Outputs

System.IO.FileInfo

This cmdlet returns a FileInfo object that represents the temporary file.