Call REST API from PowerShell Script

How can I call a rest based API from a PowerShell script and process the Json answer?

asked Aug 26 ’10 at 11:43


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What you want is PowerShell 3 and its Invoke-RestMethod, ConvertTo-Json, and ConvertFrom-Json cmdlets. Your code will end up looking like:

$stuff = Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $url -Method Get;

and there shouldn’t even be a need to invoke ConvertFrom-Json on the resulting $stuff => it’s already in a usable non-string format.

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answered Nov 6 ’12 at 23:39


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I created this Get-Http function to make HTTP requests


$req = [System.Net.WebRequest]::Create($url)
$req.Method =”GET”
$req.ContentLength = 0

$resp = $req.GetResponse()
$reader = new-object System.IO.StreamReader($resp.GetResponseStream())

Dealing with the end result as xml is really easy, however, if you want to process JSON you probably will need some .Net library like JSON.Net.

answered Aug 26 ’10 at 13:34

Darrel MillerDarrel Miller

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We use Powershell to query a REST API that deals only with Json style data. It was awkward at first but the below code is all we need to perform most operations:

# Authentication
$webclient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
$creds = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential(“MyUsername”,”MyPassword”);
$webclient.Credentials = $creds

# Data prep
$data = @ | ConvertTo-Json

$webClient.DownloadString($url) | ConvertFrom-Json



answered Jul 10 ’15 at 8:01


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