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PowerShell vs Zsh (Z shell): What are the differences?

What is PowerShell? A task automation and configuration management framework. A command-line shell and scripting language built on .NET. Helps system administrators and power-users rapidly automate tasks that manage operating systems (Linux, macOS, and Windows) and processes.

What is Zsh (Z shell)? An extended Bourne shell with a large number of improvements. An interactive login shell, command interpreter and scripting language.

PowerShell and Zsh (Z shell) can be categorized as "Shells" tools.

Some of the features offered by PowerShell are:

  • Windows PowerShell Workflow
  • Windows PowerShell Web Access.
  • Support for .NET 4.0

On the other hand, Zsh (Z shell) provides the following key features:

  • Programmable command-line completion
  • Sharing of command history among all running shells
  • Improved variable/array handling

Zsh (Z shell) is an open source tool with 1.47K GitHub stars and 205 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Zsh (Z shell)'s open source repository on GitHub.

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What is PowerShell?

A command-line shell and scripting language built on .NET. Helps system administrators and power-users rapidly automate tasks that manage operating systems (Linux, macOS, and Windows) and processes.

What is Zsh (Z shell)?

An interactive login shell, command interpreter and scripting language.

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