Export information about currently-defined aliases to a file.

      Export-Alias [-path] string  [[-name] string[]]
         [-as {Csv | Script}] [-append] [-description string]
            [-scope string] [-force]  [-passThru] [-noClobber]
               [-whatIf] [-confirm] [CommonParameters]
   -path string
       The path to the file where the alias information will be stored.
       Wildcards are permitted, but the resulting path value must resolve to a 
single file name. This parameter is required. -name string The name(s) of the aliases to export. Separate multiple names with commas, (default=all aliases) By default, Export-Alias exports all aliases in the session or scope. -passThru Pass the object created by this cmdlet along the pipeline. -as ExportAliasFormat Format output as comma-separated (CSV) or (Script). Script will create a Set-Alias command for each exported alias. If the output file is named with a .ps1 filename extension, it can be run as a script to add the aliases to any session. -append Append output to the specified file, rather than overwrite. -description string Add a description to the exported file. The description appears at the top of the file, following the header information. It is preceded by a # symbol. -scope string Either a named scope: "global", "local", or "script"; or a number to indicate the scope level. Scope = 0 = current scope Increasing the scope value by 1 will increate the scope to include the parent scope of the current scope. -noClobber Do not overwrite an existing file, -Append will take precendence over -NoClobber. -force Override the read-only attribute on the output file. By default, Export-Alias will overwrite files without warning, unless the read-only or hidden attribute is set or -NoClobber is used. The -NoClobber parameter takes precedence over -Force when both are used in a command.

The Force parameter cannot force Export-Alias to overwrite files with the hidden attribute. -whatIf Describe what would happen if you executed the command without actually executing the command. -confirm Prompt for confirmation before executing the command.

Standard Aliases for Export-Alias: epal

Header information output by Export-Alias, each is preceded by the # comment symbol:
Alias File, Exported by, Date/Time and Machine.

The -as Script output is in the format of a set-alias command.


Export alias information to alias.txt formatted as a series of set-alias commands:

PS C:> export-alias -path alias.txt -as script

Append the aliases in the current session to Alias.csv, use -Force to append to any existing Alias.csv file, even if it has the read-only attribute set:

PS C:> export-alias -path alias.csv -append -description "Appended Aliases" -force

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Related PowerShell Cmdlets

import-alias - Import an alias list from a file.
get-alias - Return alias names for Cmdlets.
new-alias - Create a new Cmdlet-alias pairing.
set-alias - Map an alias to a Cmdlet.
Equivalent bash commands: useradd - Create new user accounts.

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