In this Azure PowerShell article, we will discuss the syntax and usage of the Get-aduser PowerShell command with examples of how to use this command.


Whenever there is a requirement to find Active Directory (AD) users in your domain, the Get-Aduser PowerShell command can help you quickly find the AD users in your domain.

Syntax of Get-aduser

Below is the syntax of the Get-ADUser PowerShell command.

Get-ADUser -Filter <String>

There are some Prerequisites needed to work with the Get-Aduser PowerShell command.


Below are some Prerequisites needed to work with the Get-Aduser PowerShell command

  • You must log in with an AD user account
  • Make sure you have the PowerShell Active Directory module installed on your machine

Let’s discuss a few examples of how to use the Get-ADUser PowerShell command.

There are different ways to use the Get-Aduser PowerShell command

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Find a User Account With an Identity

The Identity parameter helps you to retrieve the user quickly from your domain, and the only thing is you need to know the name of the user that you have to send as a parameter along with the Get-AdUser PowerShell cmdlet.

You can use parameters like Name, SAMAccountName, SID, GUID, etc.


PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-ADUser -Identity Bijay


PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-ADUser -Identity 'T-l-7-21-58745555-3432493942-33333458655-5166'


PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-ADUser -Identity 'CN=Bijay,OU=HR,DC=HRC,DC=local

Get-ADUser – Filter

If you don’t know the name and want to retrieve the user based on some filter condition then you can use the -Filter and LDAPFilter parameter. You can use different identifiers like the Where-Object and given name, etc.


PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AdUser -Filter "givenName -eq 'Bijay'"

Get-AdUser With Properties Parameter

You can also use the Get-AdUser with the Properties Parameter. The Property parameter can be used with one or more comma-delimited attributes. You can also use the Property parameter with the given name.

Example– Get all of the properties for a specific user

Get-AdUser -Filter "givenName -eq 'Bijay'" -Properties *

Get-AdUser with OU

You can also use the Get-AdUser to filter by OU; for that, you need to use the SearchBase  parameter with the Get-AdUser command. The SearchBase helps you to begin the search for a user account for a specific OU, and it accepts the distinguished name (DN) of the OU.


PS> Get-ADUser -Filter * -SearchBase 'OU=TsinfoUsers,DC=domain,DC=local'

Using the Filter of * means it will match all user accounts.

List all Domain Users

You can list down all the domain users using the asterisk as a parameter * along with the Get-AdUser PowerShell cmdlet. The syntax will be like below

Get-ADUser -Filter *

Get All Properties

We can also retrieve all the attributes of the Ad user using the below PowerShell command.

PS> Get-ADUser -Filter * -Properties *

Get-AdUser with Get-Help

You can get all the Parameter details of the Get-AdUser PowerShell command using the Get-Help command and the Get-AdUser command. The syntax will be like below

Help Get-AdUser

Get-AdUser Export To CSV File

Suppose you want to make a report of the list of users in a CSV file. You can use the below PowerShell cmdlet to quickly export the list of users to a CSV file.

PS> Get-ADUser -Filter "*" | Export-CSV -Path TestUsers.csv

List Only Enabled Users using Get-AdUser

you can get the list of users with AD user ID enabled or active users using the below PowerShell cmdlet.

PS> Get-ADUser -Filter {Enabled -eq $True

Final Thoughts

In this article, we discussed the syntax and usage of the get-aduser PowerShell command with examples of how to use this command. Thanks for reading this article !!!