Resolve Path - PowerShell


Resolve-Path is a PowerShell command that calculates the full path to a file, directory, or command. It resolves symbolic links, environment variables, and other forms of indirection to provide the real, absolute path to the specified resource.


Resolve-Path [[-Path] <String>] [-Depth <Int32>] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference>] [-ErrorVariable <String>] [-Force] [-LiteralPath] [-PassThru] [-ResolveProvider <Boolean>] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]


  • -Depth: Specifies the maximum number of levels to resolve for symbolic links or other redirections. Defaults to 0, which means unlimited depth.
  • -ErrorAction: Controls how errors are handled. Options include: Continue, Stop, Suspend, and Ignore.
  • -ErrorVariable: Stores any errors encountered in the specified variable.
  • -Force: Suppresses warnings and errors, including those caused by overwriting existing files.
  • -LiteralPath: Specifies that the input path should be treated as a literal path, without performing any resolution or expansion.
  • -PassThru: Returns the resolved path as a PSCustomObject instead of a string.
  • -ResolveProvider: Indicates whether to use the provider for resolution. Defaults to true.
  • -WhatIf: Performs a simulation of the command without actually executing it.


Simple path resolution:

Resolve-Path Documents\MyTextFile.txt

Resolving a path with symbolic links:

Resolve-Path -Depth 3 ~/Downloads/link.lnk

Using PassThru to return a PSCustomObject:

$path = Resolve-Path -PassThru Documents\MyTextFile.txt

Common Issues

  • Permission denied: Ensure you have sufficient permissions to access the specified path.
  • Path not found: Verify that the path exists and is spelled correctly.


Combining with other commands:

echo $(Resolve-Path -PassThru mycommand.ps1).Path

Related Commands

  • Get-Location: Gets the current working directory.
  • Set-Location: Sets the current working directory.
  • New-Item: Creates a new file or directory.