nushell VS PowerShell

Compare nushell vs PowerShell and see what are their differences.

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nushell PowerShell
159 325
22,639 36,944
1.3% 0.9%
9.9 9.6
6 days ago 5 days ago
Rust C#
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of nushell. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-25.
  • Why should I care wether my shell is POSIX compliant?
    6 projects | | 25 Jan 2023
    I've been using nushell as my daily driver shell for a while. It's still very much in development, but it's got some nice features, like Windows cross compatibility, proper data types, and syntax highlighting
  • FUSTA: quickly & easily edit, slice, 'n dice ((very) large) FASTA files
    3 projects | | 17 Jan 2023
    Now, I guess the deeper question is ‶is the text-based, line-delimited, pipe-oriented, interaction model between programs that don't know each other still relevant″; and we have seen new, more structured, approaches being tested, for instance with PowerShell or NuShell.
  • VanadiumOS: Portable, multi-user Unix-like OS
    4 projects | | 9 Jan 2023
    You can install PowerShell on Linux now, if you like - or there's nushell:
  • What’s everyone working on this week (1/2023)?
    15 projects | | 2 Jan 2023
    I'll add the long awaited support for nushell in broot.
  • Telegraph and the Unix Shell
    8 projects | | 31 Dec 2022
    But that and xplr are both programs used within the shell and don't address that the shell is still outputting plain-dumb-dataless-text. promotes right on the homepage Everything is data so it's exciting to see and hope for a better future!
  • Rust-shell: what features you would you like to see in a shell ?
    5 projects | | 28 Dec 2022
    I don't understand what you mean by Graphics integration or graphical frontend. Do you have an example? Instead of du - I recommend dust. The data features - are basically the features of nushell, are you using it? Regarding the variables - excellent idea, I will implement this. What do you mean by menu creation? What syntax would you use for "skip next line"?
  • GNU nano is my editor of choice (2021)
    4 projects | | 28 Dec 2022
    > Different components can integrate and coordinate through standards.

    We've tried that and for the most part, it doesn't actually work in practice. Hell, it doesn't even work between standard Unix programs. They don't "integrate and coordinate" at all. They just push unstructured text around, and in some cases that's sufficient to perform some very basic compound tasks.

    There is an upcoming project though that tries to make Unix pipelines work the way they are supposed to: Nushell[1]. It has real composability with strongly typed data that flows between commands.

    Guess how they're doing it? Yup, that's right: They're building it all as a monolithic system where the entire pipeline is supervised and interpreted by the shell. Unix is too fragmented and standards are too difficult to develop and implement for any other approach to be realistically feasible. "Small programs" are an evolutionary dead end.


  • Like seriously why does not one does it ?
    15 projects | | 17 Dec 2022
    Finally, I really do recommend looking into Nushell. It should give you a much better idea of how a shell could work if it weren't tied to ASCII blobs as its core data type.
    15 projects | | 17 Dec 2022
    If you're discontent with the state of shell scripting, you should give nushell a try:
  • Life is much simpler with bash
    4 projects | | 26 Nov 2022
    If structured data is what excites you about pwsh, you should check out nushell: It is cross-platform like pwsh, and takes a similar approach to structured data, but has a much simpler syntax that I find more readable and much nicer to type than pwsh.


Posts with mentions or reviews of PowerShell. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-24.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing nushell and PowerShell you can also consider the following projects:

fish-shell - The user-friendly command line shell.

starship - ☄🌌️ The minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell!

elvish - Elvish = Expressive Programming Language + Versatile Interactive Shell

winpty - A Windows software package providing an interface similar to a Unix pty-master for communicating with Windows console programs.

terminal - The new Windows Terminal and the original Windows console host, all in the same place!

xonsh - :shell: Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell

volta - Volta: JS Toolchains as Code. ⚡

alacritty - A cross-platform, OpenGL terminal emulator.

WFinfo - :computer: A fissure Companion App for Warframe

oil - Oil is a new Unix shell. It's our upgrade path from bash to a better language and runtime. It's also for Python and JavaScript users who avoid shell!

ShellCheck - ShellCheck, a static analysis tool for shell scripts

Mosh - Mobile Shell