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How to Install PowerShell on Raspberry Pi

A PowerShell is a command-line shell used by system administrators and power users to automate tasks that help them manage their operating systems or processes. Through this shell, you can manage your system through commands as it allows you the freedom to access the data stores and file system. Windows users widely adopt PowerShell; however, users interested in using this tool on their Raspberry Pi systems can follow this article’s guidelines to install it easily on Raspberry Pi.

How to Install Powershell on Raspberry Pi

To install Powershell on Raspberry Pi, follow the below-mentioned step-by-step guidelines.

Step 1: Install Prerequisite on Raspberry Pi

First, you should install a prerequisite on Raspberry Pi using the following command as this is needed for running the PowerShell on Raspberry Pi.

$ sudo apt install libunwind8 -y

Step 2: Grab the Latest Version of PowerShell for Raspberry Pi

Head towards the GitHub release page and check the latest PowerShell version. At the time of Power Shell installation, the latest version is 7.2.6 and to download this version on Raspberry Pi, you should grab the tar.gz file using the following command.

$ wget https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/download/v7.2.6/powershell-7.2.6-linux-arm32.tar.gz

Step 3: Create a PowerShell Directory

Next, you will need to create a PowerShell directory using the following command to extract the contents of the tar.gz file.

$ mkdir ~/powershell

Step 4: Unpack the PowerShell tar.gz Contents

Once the PowerShell directory is created, you have to unpack the contents and copy them into the created directory using the following command:

$ tar -xvf ./powershell-7.2.6-linux-arm32.tar.gz -C ~/powershell

Note that, in the above command, we are installing PowerShell for a 32-Bit system and if you are using a 64-Bit system, you must choose the arm64 version.

Step 5: Run PowerShell on Raspberry Pi

To run PowerShell on Raspberry Pi, issue the following command:

$ ~/powershell/pwsh

Step 6: Create Symbolic Link to Start PowerShell on Raspberry Pi

To create a symbolic link to start PowerShell on Raspberry Pi, you should apply the following command:

$ sudo ~/powershell/pwsh -c New-Item -ItemType SymbolicLink -Path ``"/usr/bin/pwsh"`` -Target ``"\$PSHOME/pwsh"`` -Force

Once the above command is successfully executed, you can run PowerShell on Raspberry Pi through the following command:

$ pwsh


PowerShell is a command-line shell for automating various administrative tasks on your system by managing them through commands. You can install it on your Raspberry Pi system by downloading the tar.gz file from GitHub and extracting the file contents within the PowerShell directory. After the installation, you can run the PowerShell from the directory location, or you can create a symbolic link to execute the shell directly through the “pwsh” command.

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Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.