Start a transcript of a command shell session, record the session to a text file.
Syntax Start-Transcript [-Path] string] [-Force] [-noClobber] [-Append] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [CommonParameters] Key -Path string The path to the transcript file. -Force Override restrictions that prevent the command from succeeding, apart from security settings. e.g. override a files read-only attribute. -NoClobber Do not overwrite an existing file. -Append Add the new transcript to the end of an existing file. -WhatIf Describe what would happen if you executed the command without actually executing the command. -Confirm Prompt for confirmation before executing the command.
Start-Transcript creates a record of a PowerShell session in a text file. The transcript file includes all commands typed and all the console output.
If no path is specified, Start-Transcript will use the path in the value of the $Transcript global variable. If this variable has not been set, Start-Transcript will store the transcripts in $Home\My Documents\PowerShell_transcript.<time-stamp>.txt
Under Windows, Start-Transcript will create UTF-8 files with BOM by default.
Start-Transcript -Append partially matches an existing encoding, it will correctly match encodings with a BOM, but will default to potentially lossy ASCII encoding in the absence of one.
This can be configured by setting the $PSDefaultParameterValues preference variable.
Under PowerShell Core edition, the encoding defaults to BOM-less UTF-8
Start a transcript:
PS C:\> start-transcript -path c:\docs\MyTranscript.txt
“Scholars who contemplate on their thoughts and translate them into actions are the ones who are really great and noble” ~ Rig Veda
Related PowerShell Cmdlets:
Stop-Transcript - Stop the transcription process.
Equivalent bash command: Script - Start a transcript of a shell session.