Let's say we have a string "This is \ test \ string" and we want to replace single backslash with double backslash so that the output comes "This is \\ test \\ string". Press J to jump to the feed. Here you’ll find posts about AzureMonitor, LogAnalytics, System Center Operations Manager, Powershell, Hyper-V, Azure Automation, Azure Governance  and other Microsoft related technologies. Hi, I need a code to replace the backslashes in a full file location e.g. When asked, what has been your best career decision? Here you’ll find posts about AzureMonitor, LogAnalytics, System Center Operations Manager, Powershell, Hyper-V, Azure Automation, Azure Governance and other Microsoft related technologies. I’m a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, specializing in monitoring and automation. I have tried to use the below (escape with backtick, as it seems to be the standard in powershell) and the variation of it by escaping the double quotes with the backslash (I’m basically a pure C programmer). The problem, however arises when we need to get rid of a backslash. Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It seems that internally a signle backslash is used. We'll see what happens. This award recognizes someone who has achieved high tech and professional accomplishments as an expert in a specific topic. *This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google To replace a double backslash with a single backslash you should use: strString.Replace("\\\\", "\\") or strString.Replace(@"\\", @"\") Here the @ symbol instructs the runtime not to escape any characters within the string. Here strings. powershell on command line replace double quoted text, "(gc %rootdir%\directory\file3.xml) -replace 'TYPE=`", #8175;"','TYPE=`"XYZ`"' | Out-File %rootdir%\directory\file.xml" -encoding ASCII, https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.core/about/about_quoting_rules?view=powershell-5.1, free Powershell cookbook about working with XML files, This topic has 3 replies, 3 voices, and was last updated. @"\") Here the @ symbol instructs the runtime not to escape any characters within the string. https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=472836. Anyway why is a backslash always doubled? Anyway I just ignore the double backslash now and continue as if it’s a single one. string url = "http://www.google.com/search?q=20%5C20";HttpWebRequest req = (HttpWebRequest)HttpWebRequest.Create(url);WebResponse response = req.GetResponse();string text = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream()).ReadToEnd();Console.WriteLine(text);When I put a break point over the WebResponse line, and checked the req.RequestUri, it was:http://www.google.com/search?q=20\20With a backslash. Therefore the actual value of your declared string strString is "C:\test\sample.txt". I have tried to use the below (escape with backtick, as it seems to be the standard in powershell) and the variation of it by escaping the double quotes with the backslash (I’m basically a pure C programmer). The ABC needs to be replaced by XYZ. We help IT Professionals succeed at work. Replace all backslashes in a string with double backslash (too old to reply) Daniel Guellmar 2005-10-26 17:40:58 UTC. This seems to work based on the ISE output: But if I use "Add-Content", "Out-File", or simply ">>" to write the variable out to the text file, it's written with single backslashes... How can I achieve the desired goal of having double backslashes as the output to this text file? Sometimes when we automate things, some technologies don’t play nice with characters we’ve gotten from a different technology. When Powershell was trying to enter this name as the name of a sheet in Excel, it was failing to add it correctly. I’m a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, specializing in monitoring and automation. I eventually tried escaping the double quote with another double quote and that worked. Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including: Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. JSON, CSV, XML, etc. So I needed to replace the backslash in the string with a different character. Therefore the actual value of your declared string strString is "C:\test\sample.txt". I've got a bunch of these that I've concatenated together: $var looks totally fine, it's formatted exactly how I need it at that moment. To replace a double backslash with a single backslash you should use: strString.Replace("\\\\", "\\") or strString.Replace(@"\\", . Privacy Policy and The key here is to use -replace function. Hi, I’m Billy York. String.replaceAll single backslashes with double backslashes . I'm downloading a file from a unix server and the filename is passed to be in escaped xml The file on the server is "cr\'eek" This ultimately gets escaped to "cr\\'eek" I need to remove the double backslash and replace with a single one as defined on the server. Permalink. I have a file containg (multiple) xml tags that contain the attribute type=”ABC”. Case in point, my recent post about documenting your SCOM Distributed Applications, I found a test case where a user entered a backslash in the name of a Distributed Application. Got it. PowerShell includes a command-line shell, object-oriented scripting language, and a set of tools for executing scripts/cmdlets and managing modules. I’d recommend to treat an XML file not like plain text. A here string is a single-quoted or double … By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Also, note that in C, when you want to specify string or character constants in your code, certain characters must be escaped with a preceeding backslash. You might want to post the code your using. I submitted a request to fix this in .NET 4.0. When Powershell was trying to enter this name as the name of a sheet in Excel, it was failing to add it correctly. I need help with double and single backslashes in Java. 8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol). for instance: ), REST APIs, and object models. Backslash isn't valid in a URL unless it's encoded. for instance: Would replace all the 4’s in our variable regardless of their location. It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced. The key here is to use  -replace function. You need to replace "\\\\" with "\\\\", believe it or not! Escape Multiple Backslashes in javascript and vb.net? Hi, I’m Billy York. Escaping the backslash is only required in C# source code. So I needed to replace the backslash in the string with a different character. (Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required), This is called "escaping backslash" - writing double backslash instead of sungle backslash in the code, This is necessary exasctly because "\t", "\n" are special symbols, therefore when you want to show literal backslash you need to preced it with one more backslash, also doouble quote in Java program  is a special symbol, because it signifies the, and of course very important case in many programs - when you want to, You don'yt need to force user to put double backslashes, So suppose in file.txt you have the first line, even if user ienters in the textfiield in the GUI of your program, You know what - lte me get part of my words back, This issue with loading properties is not the issue of reading backslsh form text file.