Why do you need a Powershell PS1 Script to EXE converter?
PS1 to EXE converter is very useful, when it comes to complex environments. PS1 files are the Powershell Script files. Therefore, as you might know, there are several ways of running script files: you can “Right Click” the file and “Run with PowerShell”; open “PowerShell ISE” and run the script from there, open powershell.exe and run the script; even running the PowerShell script from CMD using the powershell.exe, etc.
If you’re a System Administrator and you need to provide your PowerShell automation script to technicians on the field, maybe the better way will be to convert your PS1 file to EXE, to make their life a little easier. There’s a great tool for converting PS1 files (Powershell Scripts) to EXE files (executables) – “Ps1 To Exe” by Fatih Kodak.
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UPDATE: The compiled executable is alerted in Antiviruses because adversaries use it to compile malware. There are other PS1 to EXE converters, but if they aren’t alerting now – it will happen sooner or later. You can try also another PS1 to EXE converter – PS2EXE GUI by Markus Scholtes.
How to convert PS1 files
1. Obtain the free tool from “Ps1 To Exe MajorGeeks page”.
*** If you like you can check Fatih’s GitHub page.
2. Backup your PS1 file somewhere (The file will be overwritten by the converter with addition of some useless information (for you at least) in the beginning of the script)
3. Open the “Ps1 To Exe” converter
4. File => Open
5. Navigate to your PS1 file and [Open]
6. On the right pane find [Options] Tab
6.a. [V] Icon => Placing an icon (*.ico file) isn’t mandatory, but it will help to distinguish your application from others
*** You can add a password if you like
6.b. Working Directory: Current Directory
*** In next step you can choose if the console window will be seen, including debugging messages. I prefer the console enabled.
6.c. Exe-Format: 32 | Console (Visible)
*** I prefer 32-bit executable as it works on all architecture Windows OSes, but you can choose 64-bit executable, if you like.
7. On [Version Information] Tab you can add all the information that will be shown in file properties on [Details] Tab.
8. Click [Convert] => Choose the name for your EXE file and [Save]
9. After the process is finished you may check the PS1 original script to see that there are some new lines from the converter. You may now restore the backed up PS1 file (that you did in “PS1 to EXE” converter step 2).