PowerShell CheatSheet – Get-Help

How to add an help section/function to your own powershell scripts. Here we are: you can add comment based help either to a script or to a function.
The addition of script help blocks that are compatible with the PowerShell “Comment Based Help” allow the user to run the command ‘Get-Help .\scriptname.ps1’ and display the help for the script.
Basically, this is a form of writing a comment block that works in conjunction with the Get-Help cmdlet that is included with PowerShell.


PS C:\> Get-help .\scriptname.ps1


ScriptName - Script Purpose

C:\scriptname.ps1 [-Parameter1] <Object> [[-Parameter2] <Object>] [[-Parameter3] <Object>]
[[-Parameter4] <Object>] [[-Parameter5] <Object>] [[-Parameter6] <Object>] [<CommonParameters>]

ScriptName - Script Purpose
Script Description

Script related links
Author link

To see the examples, type: "get-help C:\scriptname.ps1 -examples".
For more information, type: "get-help C:\scriptname.ps1 -detailed".
For technical information, type: "get-help C:\scriptname.ps1 -full".

The best practice to follow is to ALWAYS start a script with the following lines (and adapt them for your script of course!):


A brief description of the function or script. This keyword can be used
only once in each topic.

A detailed description of the function or script. This keyword can be
used only once in each topic.

.PARAMETER  <Parameter-Name>
The description of a parameter. You can include a Parameter keyword for
each parameter in the function or script syntax.

The Parameter keywords can appear in any order in the comment block, but
the function or script syntax determines the order in which the parameters
(and their descriptions) appear in Help topic. To change the order,
change the syntax.

You can also specify a parameter description by placing a comment in the
function or script syntax immediately before the parameter variable name.
If you use both a syntax comment and a Parameter keyword, the description
associated with the Parameter keyword is used, and the syntax comment is

A sample command that uses the function or script, optionally followed
by sample output and a description. Repeat this keyword for each example.

The Microsoft .NET Framework types of objects that can be piped to the
function or script. You can also include a description of the input

The .NET Framework type of the objects that the cmdlet returns. You can
also include a description of the returned objects.

Additional information about the function or script.

The name of a related topic. Repeat this keyword for each related topic.

This content appears in the Related Links section of the Help topic.

The Link keyword content can also include a Uniform Resource Identifier
(URI) to an online version of the same Help topic. The online version
opens when you use the Online parameter of Get-Help. The URI must begin
with "http" or "https".

The technology or feature that the function or script uses, or to which
it is related. This content appears when the Get-Help command includes
the Component parameter of Get-Help.

The user role for the Help topic. This content appears when the Get-Help
command includes the Role parameter of Get-Help.

The intended use of the function. This content appears when the Get-Help
command includes the Functionality parameter of Get-Help.

Redirects to the Help topic for the specified command. You can redirect
users to any Help topic, including Help topics for a function, script,
cmdlet, or provider.

Specifies the Help category of the item in ForwardHelpTargetName.
Valid values are Alias, Cmdlet, HelpFile, Function, Provider, General,
FAQ, Glossary, ScriptCommand, ExternalScript, Filter, or All. Use this
keyword to avoid conflicts when there are commands with the same name.

Specifies a session that contains the Help topic. Enter a variable that
contains a PSSession. This keyword is used by the Export-PSSession
cmdlet to find the Help topics for the exported commands.

Specifies the path to an XML-based Help file for the script or function.

In Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, if the specified path
to the XML file contains UI-culture-specific subdirectories, Get-Help
searches the subdirectories recursively for an XML file with the name
of the script or function in accordance with the language fallback
standards established for Windows Vista, just as it does for all
XML-based Help topics.

For more information about the cmdlet Help XML-based Help file format,
see "How to Create Cmdlet Help" in the MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network)
library at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=123415.

The minimum is to use .SYNOPSIS, .DESCRIPTION, .PARAMETER (if there is) and .EXAMPLE

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