I'm working on a SPE script to execute when a workflow state is hit.

I've been trying to get the context item in the script, using the command Get-Item . (as I understand it, this should get the context item).

Instead of getting the context item, I get the home node.

I've tried rebuilding the links database and reindexing the Master and Web databases, to no avail.

I guess I have a few questions -

  1. Is that the correct way to get the context item in a SPE 6.4 script? If it's changed, how is it done now? (Some of the articles are a few years old)
  2. Is there another option for getting the context item? I haven't been able to find anything.

2 Answers 2


You can attach action of type "/sitecore/templates/Modules/PowerShell Console/PowerShell Script Workflow Action" to the workflow as below.

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Inside above action,you can attach script from the Script Library and run either of these codes. It will return the context item on which workflow is fired.

$contextItem = Get-Item .
Write-Log ($contextItem | Format-Table | Out-String)


$contextItem = $SitecoreContextItem
Write-Log ($contextItem | Format-Table | Out-String)

This will output the context item in the SPE log file as below.

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Hope this helps!!!


Try running this code to get the context item in your workflow state hit.

$item = $SitecoreContextItem
$comment = Show-Input -Prompt "Enter a comment:"
if($comment) {
    New-ItemWorkflowEvent -Item $item -Text $comment

Refet to this document for more details.


Hope this helps.

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