How To Download Something Than Execute It Using Command Powershell

Hey there, folks! Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of downloading a file and executing it using PowerShell. As a tech enthusiast, I often find myself exploring new ways to streamline tasks, and PowerShell is an incredibly powerful tool for this purpose. So, let’s dive in and learn how to make the most of it!

Downloading a File with PowerShell

First things first, open your PowerShell terminal. To download a file from the web, we’ll be using the Invoke-WebRequest cmdlet. It’s a handy little command that allows us to interact with URLs.

$url = ""
$output = "C:\Users\MyUsername\Downloads\"
Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $url -OutFile $output

In the code above, replace $url with the actual URL of the file you want to download, and $output with the desired location and filename for the downloaded file. Once you execute this script, the file will be downloaded to the specified location.

Executing the Downloaded File

Now that we’ve got the file downloaded, let’s say it’s a script or an executable that we want to run. PowerShell allows us to do this with the Start-Process cmdlet.

$fileToExecute = "C:\Users\MyUsername\Downloads\"
Start-Process -FilePath $fileToExecute

Replace $fileToExecute with the actual path to your downloaded file. When you run this command, the file will be executed, and its associated application will start running.

My Thoughts on the Process

As I was diving into this process, I found it quite empowering to be able to accomplish these tasks directly from the command line. It’s a quick and efficient way to handle file downloads and executions without needing to switch to a web browser or file explorer.


So, there you have it! We’ve successfully learned how to download a file and execute it using PowerShell. The ability to automate these processes is not only convenient but also provides a great deal of flexibility in managing tasks. If you’re interested in delving further into PowerShell, I highly recommend exploring its extensive capabilities. Happy scripting!