Archive Module 2.0 Preview 2

Sydney Smith

We are excited to announce that the second preview of a rewrite of Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive, the module that lets you create and extract archives, is now available on the PowerShell Gallery.

This release is the second preview release of a rewrite of the module and is not feature complete. Please note that this release is only compatible with PowerShell 7.3.0-preview5 and up. For more information on what is proposed in this rewrite, or to give feedback on the design please refer to the RFC.

Installing the module

Please note that this release will only work with PowerShell 7.3.0-preview5 and up. Find and install the latest preview version of PowerShell here.

To install the Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive 2.0 preview 2 using PowerShellGet 2.2.5 run the following command

Install-Module Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive -AllowPrerelease

To install the Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive 2.0 preview 2 using PowerShellGet 3.0 previews run the following command

Install-PSResource Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive -Prerelease

Features of the release

This release contains the rewrite of the Expand-Archive cmdlet.

This cmdlet contains two parameter sets

Expand-Archive [-Path] <string> [[-DestinationPath] <string>] [-WriteMode {Create | Update | Overwrite}] [-PassThru] [-Filter <string[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

Expand-Archive [-LiteralPath <string>] [-DestinationPath] <string>]  [-WriteMode {Create | Update | Overwrite}] [-PassThru] [-Filter <string[]>] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [<CommonParameters>]

Some features to note of this release

  • Added -WriteMode parameter to Expand-Archive
  • Added support for zip64
  • Fixed a bug where the entry names of files in a directory would not be correct when compressing an archive

Features of the next release

The next release will focus on additional features of the module. To track the progress of this release, look at this project in our GitHub repository.

Giving Feedback and Getting support

While we hope the new implementation provides a much better user experience, there are bound to be issues. Please let us know if you run into anything.

If you encounter any issues with the module or have feature requests, the best place to get support is through our GitHub repository.


PowerShell Team


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