This is not obvious, but the
Clear-History command in PowerShell won’t clear the history of the previous commands.
Clear-History clears only the commands entered during the current session, that could be displayed by the
To clear the history in PowerShell, it needs to delete the file in which the previous commands are stored.
In this note i am showing how to locate the history file and how to clear the history of the PowerShell commands.
Clear History in PowerShell
Get the PowerShell command history file location:
PS C:\> (Get-PSReadlineOption).HistorySavePath
Show the contents of the PowerShell command history file:
PS C:\> cat (Get-PSReadlineOption).HistorySavePath
Clear the command history in PowerShell by deleting the history file:
PS C:\> Remove-Item (Get-PSReadlineOption).HistorySavePath
Change how PowerShell command history is saved:
PS C:\> Set-PSReadlineOption -HistorySaveStyle SaveIncrementally # default PS C:\> Set-PSReadlineOption -HistorySaveStyle SaveAtExit PS C:\> Set-PSReadlineOption -HistorySaveStyle SaveNothing