In Sitecore Powershell extensions I can use

If ( Get-Item ...)

to return true if an item exists or false if it doesn't, but if the item isn't found then it outputs an error message as well.

Is there a way of checking for an item's existence that doesn't output an error message (and is possibly less intensive than using Get-Item - I only need to know if it's there or not, I don't need to instantiate it)? I've tried using the standard powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue but this doesn't seem to be implemented.


Try this

$database = "master"
$homeItem = "$($database):\sitecore\content\home123"
$homeExists = Test-Path -Path $homeItem

An alternative would be to run the Get-Item command and provide the necessary ErrorAction parameter to hide the output.

# Variable $item will contain the object if found.
if(($item = Get-Item -Path "master:\content\home1" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)) {
} else {
    Write-Host "Does not exist."

Sometimes you may also see the parameter shortened to -ea 0.

  • That was what I was trying, but I still seemed to get output, though I wasn't trying to read into an item. I'll try again just in case I had some syntax error. – James Walford Sep 18 '17 at 15:00
  • I must have had a typo, because SilentlyContinue is working now - thanks! – James Walford Sep 18 '17 at 15:07

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