Import Clixml - PowerShell


Import-Clixml imports a Command Line Interface Markup Language (Clixml) file, which contains a set of predefined Windows PowerShell commands. This command enables you to load and execute a series of commands from a single file, streamlining complex or repetitive tasks.


Import-Clixml [-Path] <String> [-Credential] <PSCredential> [-Force] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm] [-PassThru]


  • -Path: Specifies the path to the Clixml file.
  • -Credential: Supplies credentials to access the Clixml file’s location if necessary.
  • -Force: Overwrites an existing file with the same name without prompting for confirmation.
  • -WhatIf: Displays what would happen if the command were executed without actually performing the operation.
  • -Confirm: Prompts for confirmation before executing the command.
  • -PassThru: Returns the imported commands as objects.


Simple Example: Import a Clixml file named Commands.clixml.

Import-Clixml -Path .\Commands.clixml

Complex Example: Import a credential-protected Clixml file and display the imported commands.

$credential = Get-Credential
Import-Clixml -Path .\SecureCommands.clixml -Credential $credential -PassThru

Common Issues

  • Incorrect File Path: Ensure the specified -Path is correct and that the file exists.
  • Access Denied: If the Clixml file is password protected, ensure you supply the correct credentials using -Credential.


Import-Clixml can be integrated with other commands to automate complex tasks. For instance, it can be combined with Invoke-Command to execute the imported commands on remote computers.

  • Export-Clixml: Exports a set of PowerShell commands to a Clixml file.
  • Invoke-Command: Executes commands on local or remote computers.