Set aliases in PowerShell using doskey macros


Is this possible? I have tried this blog, but it doesn’t work.
I have a macrofile with about 50 or so doskey macros, which is used in cmd.exe.

I run something like:


But trying the command blah gives an error:

blah : The term ‘blah’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

If I list them with doskey /macros:powershell.exe however, they’re all there.

Is there a way I can create 50 aliases in PowerShell to map to these macros? The Set-Alias cmdlet doesn’t help much since the commands are more complex than calling a simple PowerShell cmdlet. There are posts that suggest creating functions in a .ps1 script, however, this would work only if I manually write 50 different functions for each of the 50 macros in the file. Also, this would involve maintaining two files – the macrofile for cmd and a PowerShell script which translates these into functions.


The PSReadLine module (ships with PowerShell 5.0 or later) is not compatible with doskey, which relies on the native console input functions. I tested on Windows 10/PowerShell 5:


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