Counting the number of occurrences of a string or file in PowerShell

I always forget how to do this, and Aleksandar Nikolić posted a really beautiful answer on

For a file:

For a string:

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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3 comments on “Counting the number of occurrences of a string or file in PowerShell
  1. Curtis says:

    I am a ‘newby’ with Powershell… exactly how does your ‘For a string:’ code work?
    Is there something missing that I need to infer.

  2. Anvesh M Patel says:

    Nice Article !
    This is my pleasure to read your article.
    Really this will help to people of SQL Server Community.

    I have also prepared one article about, Script to count number occurrences of string in SQL Server.
    You can also visit my article, your comments and reviews are most welcome.

  3. Marc says:

    How can -split be used without an expression on the left. What’s it splitting??

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