List all installed features that are not active with Powershell

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Powershell script to automatic deploy SharePoint solutions. However when activating features that were already active an error occurs.

The Problem with activating features

When you enable a feature that is already active you’ll get an error message.

Enable-SPFeature : Feature ‘BasicWebParts’ (ID: 00bfea71-1c5e-4a24-b310-ba51c3eb7a57) is already activated at scope

This can be solved by using -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue but this hides all possible errors that can occur. So this is not the behaviour we want.

List them with Get-SPFeature in Powershell

To solve this I wrote a script to list all inactive features.

$siteFeatures = Get-SPFeature | Where-Object {$_.Scope -eq "Site" } # Farm, WebApp, Site and Web
if ($siteFeatures -ne $null)
  foreach ($feature in $siteFeatures)
    # -Site can be replace by -Farm (without url), -WebApp, -Web
    if ((Get-SPFeature -Site "" | Where-Object {$_.Id -eq $}) -eq $null)
      # Inactive feature
      Write-Host "$($feature.Scope) feature $($feature.DisplayName) " -ForeGroundColor DarkRed

This is just a part of the solution. But it is enough to determine when to safely activate features.

For a full reference on Get-SPFeature check MSDN.

Hope this helps!



Hi! I'm Stefan, a software developer based in Utrecht, The Netherlands.