PowerShell Grep Sed

If you’re familiar with grep and sed on Linux, you may come to miss them in a Windows environment (although the WSL subsystem / GNU tools for Windows exist, so…). Thankfully, with Powershell we have equally competent tools at hand.

Select-String -Pattern 'myRegexPattern' -Path 'fileToSearch.txt' -AllMatches | % { $_.Matches.Value -replace "old","new" }

Select-String will take over the role of grep and spits out all matching strings. These are then piped into a ForEach loop using the shorthand notation. Within the loop, $_ refers to the the current item. Since a match is an object and not just a string, it has a number of variables in it. The string is in the Value variable. -replace works on the string and replaces old for new.

You can immediately continue to work with those string by e.g. joining them together with others, like so:

Select-String -Pattern 'myRegexPattern' -Path 'fileToSearch.txt' -AllMatches | % { $_.Matches.Value -replace "old","new" } | % {-join ($baseUrl, "/somefolder/", $_ ) }

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