What is the best (free) tool to create EXE from PowerShell script?

What is the best free tool to “wrap” PowerShell script in exe? I have used PowerGUI, but for some reason, I receive an error message when exiting the script. It works fine, but I receive an error when using .NET 3.5 or .NET 4.0. It works fine with PowerShell Studio, but I receive the prompt saying it’s a trial and I don’t want to spend the money on the full version at this point. I have tried to use a PowerShell script called PS2EXE, but that does not work correctly as well. Any suggestions?

You could use visual studio’s community edition and call the powershell script from a custom application.


Probably not as easy as you want it to be though.

Yeah, that is pretty interesting, but I don’t know anything about C#. Don’t quite understand most of what is written in that blog post you sent. I will look further into it at some point in case it would be useful to use a C# application.

Never tested it myself but this could be an easy way: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/PS2EXE-Convert-PowerShell-9e4e07f1

PowerGUI hasn’t been updated in a long time, and that might be one reason it’s wonky for you. It’s no longer a supported product as far as I know.

This is one of those things where doing the task is complex enough that it might be worth paying for a tool that does it right ;). I mean, ever try to frame a house using a rock? Makes a hammer look pretty inexpensive.