Remove empty lines from a file with PowerShell

Here’s a quick way to remove blank lines from a file using PowerShell. This will also remove lines that only have spaces.

(gc file.txt) | ? {$_.trim() -ne "" } | set-content file.txt
  • gc is an abbreviation for get-content
  • The parenthesis causes the get-content (gc) command to finish before proceeding through the pipeline. Without the parenthesis, the file would be locked and we couldn’t write back to it.
  • ? is an abbreviation for “where-object”. Essentially, an “if” statement
  • -ne is an operator that means “not equal to”
  • trim() is a method removes lines that contain spaces but nothing else which is what I needed in my case.

Thanks to Leon @ for inspiration! PowerShell is pretty handy!