[Powershell] Invoke-WebRequest and Twitter Bootstrap

This is a post to share the love …

I created a form in PHP using Twitter’s Bootstrap. I use Bootstrap because it’s so damn sexy and I seriously suck at design. The form was created to accept a dump from a table with possibly 1000’s of lines of delimited text (which was then inserted into a MySQL table).

To make it super fancy, I decided to use Powershell to call the CLI extract tool to do the dump and then someone suggested using Invoke-WebRequest to send it automatically.


After figuring out how to install Powershell v3 on my Windows 7 machine I embarked in attempting to send data via this fancy new cmdlet. Except … it wasn’t working! GAH! #rage #smash (hashtags are cool in blog posts, right? RIGHT!)

After a bit of screwing around I’ve discovered that Invoke-WebRequest didn’t pick up any of the forms fields. Considering I only had two, <button> and <textarea>, I was in serious “WTF” territory!

After some more trial and error and using my Google-fu, I started trialling different methods of creating forms from examples around the net. The one thing in common, they use <input type="X"/>.

And a solution was born. I had to use <input type="text"> and <input type="submit">.

You know what really sucks? Pasting 1000 lines of text into a single row text box.

I ended up getting around it by setting it to hidden. That way, if you manually cut and paste, you see a nicely spaced <textarea> box but if you use Invoke-WebRequest, then it still works.

The final form looked like this:

[Powershell] Copy and rename files as defined in a CSV mapping file

Ha! What a title. I have no idea how else to describe it.

This is really a Part 2 to my earlier blog post, Powershell: Create files in a directory from a CSV list

In that post, I created a massive list of documents. Now the script I really needed was to rename them based on a mapping in a CSV document.


  • Copy a file from one directory to another, renaming them based on a mapping CSV document;
  • Actions get logged;
  • Check file exists before copying, log then skip
  • Log if the file is being overwritten or not

CSV File Headers

The Powershell Code:

Most of the code is done in a few lines, however for my purpose, I really needed to have everything logged as we generate formal reports on basically everything we do!
I’m a big fan of timestamping my log files, hence the $date-documentcopy.log line.
Also, I like being able to see what’s going AND having it log to file, so I duplicate the Add-Content and the Write-Host lines.
I rather like the Write-Host “copying” and Add-Content “copied” line. The reason for this is I have some large files (>2GB) so *if* it fails I can see on-screen which record it was but the log has it once it’s finished.

[Powershell] Create files in a directory from a CSV list

I’ve recently been using Powershell more and more to replace either broken and/or ageing ‘batch’ files at work plus also come personal projects I’ve been working on.

Some of them took a bit of digging around between various sites/blogs to put together, so I’ve decided to re-post them with a final solution.

Warning: I’m a pretty crap blogger, so don’t expect regular updates!

Anyway, this one is I wanted to test a copy and rename script but needed some testing data first. So this creates a file in a folder with the name taken from a list in a CSV. The ID didn’t have a file extension so I’m randomly creating one from a small list.

Brief: Take a list of ID’s from a CSV and create a file in a folder using the ID as the filename with a random file extension.

A brief run down.
The @docext is an array of possible extensions, as mine list only has an ID, not the extension. I wanted to make one up for my test.
The $ext = $docext | Get-Random -Count 1; grabs one of these random extensions.
I run a Test-Path to see if the filename exists so it doesn’t create two files with different extensions. I use a wildcard to check.
Lastly I Write-Host so I can see what’s going on.