Set Culture - PowerShell


Set-Culture is a PowerShell command that allows users to change the current culture for the running session. This is useful for localizing PowerShell commands and output, including date and time formats, currency formatting, and more.


Set-Culture [-CultureName] <String>



  • Required. Specifies the name of the culture to set. This can be either a full culture name (e.g., “en-US”) or a language code (e.g., “en”).


Example 1: Set a specific culture

Set-Culture -CultureName "fr-FR"

Example 2: Set the culture to the user’s default

Set-Culture -CultureName $([System.Globalization.CultureInfo]::CurrentCulture.Name)

Common Issues

  • Incorrect culture name: Ensure that the culture name provided is correct. Use the Get-Culture cmdlet to list available cultures.
  • Culture not found: If the culture name is not recognized, an error will be thrown.


Set-Culture can be combined with other PowerShell commands to enhance localization efforts. For example, you can use it to:

  • Set the culture for a specific session:
$session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.PowerShell32

Enter-PSSession $session

Set-Culture -CultureName "fr-FR"

# Run commands in the French culture
  • Create localized PowerShell scripts:
$script = @"
Set-Culture -CultureName "en-US"
Write-Host "Today is $(Get-Date -Format "D")"

Invoke-Expression $script