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PwshSpectreConsole is a wrapper for the awesome Spectre Console which you can use to make your PowerShell scripts more interesting.

Install PwshSpectreConsole from PSGallery using the following command in your terminal (this requires PowerShell 7+):

Install-Module PwshSpectreConsole -Scope CurrentUser

👻 Emoji Support and Line Drawing

With the default configuration Windows Terminal and the older console host don’t support the full range of Spectre Console features. It will still work but you will find it doesn’t look quite like all the examples.

It will look like this: Old terminal setup showing missing rendering features

Instead of this: New terminal setup showing full rendering features

To get the full feature set:

  1. Use Windows Terminal instead of the old console host.

  2. Install a NerdFont, a font with additional visual characters. I use “Cascadia Cove NF” from https://www.nerdfonts.com/

  3. Enable full unicode by adding the following as the FIRST LINE in your $PROFILE file:

    $OutputEncoding = [console]::InputEncoding = [console]::OutputEncoding = New-Object System.Text.UTF8Encoding

    Your profile file can be located by typing $PROFILE in your terminal, the path will be similar to C:\Users\shaun\Documents\PowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1. Your profile is loaded every time you open a terminal session so you can put other config in there too like your own custom functions and aliases.

For more details see the instructions on the official Spectre Console site to configure Windows Terminal for full Unicode and Emoji support.