Powershell pipe to copy files that match a xpath query

I’m a powershell newb. There I said it. Now let me learn. Here’s what I created after some google searches.

  1. Go through all files in a directory
    Get-ChildItem . -r -file
  2. Filter on xml files
    Where { $_.Extension -EQ '.xml'}
  3. I think this can be added to the Get-ChildItem command, have fun optimizing this 🙂

  4. Take only the files that match a XPath
    Select-Xml -XPath "XPATH_HERE"
  5. you can test the xpath with online tools like this one

  6. Copy the file to a directory
    Copy-item -Destination DESTINATION_DIR_HERE

    this takes the Path from the Get-ChildItem, make sure to use -Destination to avoid parameter exception as described here

Complete line with pipes

Get-ChildItem . -r -file | Where { $_.Extension -EQ '.xml'} | Select-Xml -XPath "XPATH_HERE" | Copy-item -Destination DESTINATION_DIR_HERE

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My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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