Windows Tip Sheet
Date-time objects give you a sense of a script's performance.
- By Jeffery Hicks
In PowerShell I'm often wondering how long a particular script or process took to complete. It's is a great way to gauge a script's performance in a non-scientific sort of way. Fortunately, you can do this in PowerShell using Date-time objects. PowerShell is smart enough to be able to subtract two date-time objects. All you need is a beginning time and end time.
In your script or at the console, before you run your lengthy command, run this:
Then, run your command. Or if you just want to see what I'm talking about, wait a few minutes pretending something is running, then type:
The runtime will be the difference between the two. I like to create a variable:
If you look at $runtime, you should see output like this:
Days : 0
Hours : 0
Minutes : 13
Seconds : 24
Milliseconds : 292
Ticks : 8042925552
TotalDays : 0.00930894161111111
TotalHours : 0.223414598666667
TotalMinutes : 13.40487592
TotalSeconds : 804.2925552
TotalMilliseconds : 804292.5552
To display any part of $runtime all you need to do is use a command like:
What I prefer to do in my script or session is to use a single-line expression like this (it's wrapping here, so remember to type this as a single line):
Write-host Process took $Runtime.Days days $Runtime.Hours hours $Runtime.minutes minutes $Runtime.Seconds seconds $runtime.milliseconds milliseconds
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As a faster alternative, you can use this:
$runtime | format-table -auto
Because $runtime is an object, you can do all sorts of things with it, such as checking the number of minutes and, if it exceeds a certain value, display the time in red. I'm sure you'll think of other ways to leverage this information.
Jeffery Hicks is an IT veteran with over 25 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT infrastructure consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency. He is a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award in Windows PowerShell. He works today as an independent author, trainer and consultant. Jeff has written for numerous online sites and print publications, is a contributing editor at Petri.com, and a frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups.