Run a PowerShell expression.
Syntax Invoke-Expression [-command] string [CommonParameters] Key -command string A literal string (or variable that contains a string) that is a valid PowerShell expression. CommonParameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -WarningAction, -WarningVariable, -OutBuffer -OutVariable.
Standard Aliases for Invoke-Expression: iex
If the result of the expression is an empty array, invoke-expression will output $null
Invoke-Expression can be used to perform string expansion but if the string is supplied by an end-user you need to ensure that it does not contain malicious code/expressions.
This usage (calling a script block) is similar to
Using Invoke-Expression to run a set of commands is similar to using the & call operator but has a key difference in that invoke-expression does not create an additional scope, so any changes to variables made by the script block will remain visible.
Create variables named $sorting and $MyExpr and use them to store the text of an expression, then use invoke-expression to actually run the expression:
PS C:\> $sorting = "sort-object Name"
PS C:\> $myExpr = "get-process | $sorting"
PS C:\> invoke-expression $myExpr
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