Installation instructions for PowerShell Universal.

Getting Started

PowerShell Module

You can use the PowerShell Universal PowerShell module to install the Universal server. To install the module, use Install-Module.

Install-Module Universal

To install the Universal server, you can use Install-PSUServer.

Install-PSUServer -LatestVersion

You can configure the path that the server is stored in by using the -Path parameter.

Install-PSUServer -Path (Join-Path $Env:AppData "PSU")

You can add the PSU server to the PATH environment variable by use the -AddToPath parameter.

Install-PSUServer -AddToPath

Once the server has been installed, you can use Start-PSUServer to start it.

Start-PSUServer -Port 8080

You can specify the path to the executable using the -ExecutablePath parameter. If you have set the location of the server to -AddToPath with Install-PSUServer, Start-PSUServer should find the executable automatically.

Start-PSUServer -Port 8080 -ExecutablePath (Join-Path $MyPath "Universal.Server.exe")

Chocolatey Package (Windows)

You can install PowerShell Universal using the Chocolatey package. The package runs the MSI install. It will install Universal as a service and open a web browser after the install.

You can login with the "admin" user and any password.

choco install powershelluniversal

Winget (Windows)

You can install PowerShell Universal using Winget. It will run the MSI and install as a service.

winget install ironmansoftware.powershelluniversal

You can also specify the --silent flag to prevent the installer from showing and the web browser from opening at the end of the install.

winget install ironmansoftware.powershelluniversal --silent

ZIP Install

You can also download the ZIP from our Downloads page if you would like to xcopy deploy the files on Windows or Linux.


You can start Universal by unzipping the contents, unblocking the files and then executing Universal.Server.exe.

Expand-Archive -Path .\ -DestinationPath .\Universal
Get-ChildItem .\Universal -Recurse | Unblock-File
Start-Process .\Universal\Universal.Server.exe


On Linux, start the process Universal.Server. You may need to chmod +x the file if it does not start.


See the Docker page.

MSI Install (Windows)

The MSI install will create a PowerShell Universal service and open the admin console after installation.



Setting the SUPPRESBROWSER MSI property to true will prevent the browser from opening after installation.

Next Steps

At this point, Universal is up and running. Please consult other sections in this documentation for instructions on how to configure, secure, and start using PowerShell Universal. Happy Scripting!

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