PowerShell: String Wildcards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Wildcard can be used to represent string patterns. For example, dir "*jpg" means list any filename ending in jpg.

Wildcard Syntax


Match any character.


Match any character, zero or more times.


Match a range of characters a to z.


Match any char in chars

Operator for String Match Wildcard

str -like wildcard

return True if str match wildcard. else False. Case-insensitive

[see PowerShell: True, False (boolean)]

"mycat.jpg" -like "*jpg"
# True

# the wildcard must be on right side

Case-insensitive. Same as -Like.






Case-insensitive. Same as -NotLike.



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