Add PowerShell 6 to Windows Terminal

The newly released Windows Terminal from Microsoft is a new kind of app that allows you to add multiple shells or command-line applications into one convenient place.

Windows Terminal come reconfigured with PowerShell 5, CMD, and WSL (if you have it installed). You may think adding a new shell would be simple, however since the app is in its ‘Preview’ stage, configuration is managed my a single json file. In this post, I will help you add PowerShell 6 to the list of available shells.

Install Windows Terminal

If you haven’t already, install Windows Terminal from the Microsoft Store,

Install PowerShell 6

Also, if you haven’t installed PowerShell 6, grab it from Microsoft’s GitHub
https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell

Edit Windows Terminal Settings

Open Windows Terminal

Win key-> type Windows Terminal, enter.

Open Settings

Down carrot -> Settings

Create a Profile for PowerShell 6

Copy the existing configuration for either ‘PowerShell’ or ‘cmd’ . Here is what my original ‘PowerShell’ looks like.

{
            "acrylicOpacity" : 0.5,
            "background" : "#012456",
            "closeOnExit" : true,
            "colorScheme" : "Campbell",
            "commandline" : "powershell.exe",
            "cursorColor" : "#FFFFFF",
            "cursorShape" : "bar",
            "fontFace" : "Consolas",
            "fontSize" : 10,
            "guid" : "{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}",
            "historySize" : 9001,
            "icon" : "ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}.png",
            "name" : "Windows PowerShell",
            "padding" : "0, 0, 0, 0",
            "snapOnInput" : true,
            "startingDirectory" : "%USERPROFILE%",
            "useAcrylic" : true
        }

You will need to modify only 4 lines that pertain to the new shell,

  • “commandLine” : “pwsh.exe”
  • “name” : “PowerShell 6”

Conveniently, the Team and MS has included the new PowerShell icon, so all we have to do is replace the guid with the PowerShell 6 one.

ref: https://github.com/microsoft/terminal/tree/master/src/cascadia/CascadiaPackage/ProfileIcons
  • “guid” : “{574e775e-4f2a-5b96-ac1e-a2962a402336}”
  • “icon” : “ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{574e775e-4f2a-5b96-ac1e-a2962a402336}.png”

Your final json file will look similar to this:

{
    "globals" : 
    {
        "alwaysShowTabs" : true,
        "defaultProfile" : "{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}",
        "initialCols" : 120,
        "initialRows" : 30,
	"requestedTheme" : "dark",
        "keybindings" : 
        [
            {
                "command" : "closeTab",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+w"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTab",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+t"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile0",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+1"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile1",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+2"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile2",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+3"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile3",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+4"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile4",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+5"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile5",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+6"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile6",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+7"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile7",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+8"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "newTabProfile8",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+9"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "nextTab",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+tab"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "openSettings",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+,"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "prevTab",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+tab"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "scrollDown",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+down"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "scrollDownPage",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+pgdn"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "scrollUp",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+up"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "scrollUpPage",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "ctrl+shift+pgup"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab0",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+1"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab1",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+2"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab2",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+3"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab3",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+4"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab4",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+5"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab5",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+6"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab6",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+7"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab7",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+8"
                ]
            },
            {
                "command" : "switchToTab8",
                "keys" : 
                [
                    "alt+9"
                ]
            }
        ],
        "requestedTheme" : "system",
        "showTabsInTitlebar" : true,
        "showTerminalTitleInTitlebar" : true,
        "wordDelimiters" : " ./\\()\"'-:,.;<>~!@#$%^&*|+=[]{}~?\u2502"
    },
    "profiles" : 
    [
	{
            "acrylicOpacity" : 0.5,
            "background" : "#012456",
            "closeOnExit" : true,
            "colorScheme" : "Campbell",
            "commandline" : "pwsh.exe",
            "cursorColor" : "#FFFFFF",
            "cursorShape" : "bar",
            "fontFace" : "Consolas",
            "fontSize" : 10,
            "guid" : "{574e775e-4f2a-5b96-ac1e-a2962a402336}",
            "historySize" : 9001,
            "icon" : "ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{574e775e-4f2a-5b96-ac1e-a2962a402336}.png",
            "name" : "Windows PowerShell 6",
            "padding" : "0, 0, 0, 0",
            "snapOnInput" : true,
            "startingDirectory" : "%USERPROFILE%",
            "useAcrylic" : true
        },
        {
            "acrylicOpacity" : 0.5,
            "background" : "#012456",
            "closeOnExit" : true,
            "colorScheme" : "Campbell",
            "commandline" : "powershell.exe",
            "cursorColor" : "#FFFFFF",
            "cursorShape" : "bar",
            "fontFace" : "Consolas",
            "fontSize" : 10,
            "guid" : "{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}",
            "historySize" : 9001,
            "icon" : "ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}.png",
            "name" : "Windows PowerShell",
            "padding" : "0, 0, 0, 0",
            "snapOnInput" : true,
            "startingDirectory" : "%USERPROFILE%",
            "useAcrylic" : true
        },
        {
            "acrylicOpacity" : 0.75,
            "closeOnExit" : true,
            "colorScheme" : "Campbell",
            "commandline" : "cmd.exe",
            "cursorColor" : "#FFFFFF",
            "cursorShape" : "bar",
            "fontFace" : "Consolas",
            "fontSize" : 10,
            "guid" : "{0caa0dad-35be-5f56-a8ff-afceeeaa6101}",
            "historySize" : 9001,
            "icon" : "ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{0caa0dad-35be-5f56-a8ff-afceeeaa6101}.png",
            "name" : "cmd",
            "padding" : "0, 0, 0, 0",
            "snapOnInput" : true,
            "startingDirectory" : "%USERPROFILE%",
            "useAcrylic" : true
        },
        {
            "acrylicOpacity" : 0.5,
            "closeOnExit" : true,
            "colorScheme" : "Campbell",
            "commandline" : "wsl.exe -d Legacy",
            "cursorColor" : "#FFFFFF",
            "cursorShape" : "bar",
            "fontFace" : "Consolas",
            "fontSize" : 10,
            "guid" : "{6e9fa4d2-a4aa-562d-b1fa-0789dc1f83d7}",
            "historySize" : 9001,
            "icon" : "ms-appx:///ProfileIcons/{9acb9455-ca41-5af7-950f-6bca1bc9722f}.png",
            "name" : "Legacy",
            "padding" : "0, 0, 0, 0",
            "snapOnInput" : true,
            "useAcrylic" : true
        }
    ],
    "schemes" : 
    [
        {
            "background" : "#0C0C0C",
            "black" : "#0C0C0C",
            "blue" : "#0037DA",
            "brightBlack" : "#767676",
            "brightBlue" : "#3B78FF",
            "brightCyan" : "#61D6D6",
            "brightGreen" : "#16C60C",
            "brightPurple" : "#B4009E",
            "brightRed" : "#E74856",
            "brightWhite" : "#F2F2F2",
            "brightYellow" : "#F9F1A5",
            "cyan" : "#3A96DD",
            "foreground" : "#F2F2F2",
            "green" : "#13A10E",
            "name" : "Campbell",
            "purple" : "#881798",
            "red" : "#C50F1F",
            "white" : "#CCCCCC",
            "yellow" : "#C19C00"
        },
        {
            "background" : "#282C34",
            "black" : "#282C34",
            "blue" : "#61AFEF",
            "brightBlack" : "#5A6374",
            "brightBlue" : "#61AFEF",
            "brightCyan" : "#56B6C2",
            "brightGreen" : "#98C379",
            "brightPurple" : "#C678DD",
            "brightRed" : "#E06C75",
            "brightWhite" : "#DCDFE4",
            "brightYellow" : "#E5C07B",
            "cyan" : "#56B6C2",
            "foreground" : "#DCDFE4",
            "green" : "#98C379",
            "name" : "One Half Dark",
            "purple" : "#C678DD",
            "red" : "#E06C75",
            "white" : "#DCDFE4",
            "yellow" : "#E5C07B"
        },
        {
            "background" : "#FAFAFA",
            "black" : "#383A42",
            "blue" : "#0184BC",
            "brightBlack" : "#4F525D",
            "brightBlue" : "#61AFEF",
            "brightCyan" : "#56B5C1",
            "brightGreen" : "#98C379",
            "brightPurple" : "#C577DD",
            "brightRed" : "#DF6C75",
            "brightWhite" : "#FFFFFF",
            "brightYellow" : "#E4C07A",
            "cyan" : "#0997B3",
            "foreground" : "#383A42",
            "green" : "#50A14F",
            "name" : "One Half Light",
            "purple" : "#A626A4",
            "red" : "#E45649",
            "white" : "#FAFAFA",
            "yellow" : "#C18301"
        },
        {
            "background" : "#073642",
            "black" : "#073642",
            "blue" : "#268BD2",
            "brightBlack" : "#002B36",
            "brightBlue" : "#839496",
            "brightCyan" : "#93A1A1",
            "brightGreen" : "#586E75",
            "brightPurple" : "#6C71C4",
            "brightRed" : "#CB4B16",
            "brightWhite" : "#FDF6E3",
            "brightYellow" : "#657B83",
            "cyan" : "#2AA198",
            "foreground" : "#FDF6E3",
            "green" : "#859900",
            "name" : "Solarized Dark",
            "purple" : "#D33682",
            "red" : "#D30102",
            "white" : "#EEE8D5",
            "yellow" : "#B58900"
        },
        {
            "background" : "#FDF6E3",
            "black" : "#073642",
            "blue" : "#268BD2",
            "brightBlack" : "#002B36",
            "brightBlue" : "#839496",
            "brightCyan" : "#93A1A1",
            "brightGreen" : "#586E75",
            "brightPurple" : "#6C71C4",
            "brightRed" : "#CB4B16",
            "brightWhite" : "#FDF6E3",
            "brightYellow" : "#657B83",
            "cyan" : "#2AA198",
            "foreground" : "#073642",
            "green" : "#859900",
            "name" : "Solarized Light",
            "purple" : "#D33682",
            "red" : "#D30102",
            "white" : "#EEE8D5",
            "yellow" : "#B58900"
        }
    ]
}

Now Save

Once you save, the Terminal will reload the configuration and the new shell will be available in the drop down carrot.