PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Discover Laptop Webcam

PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Discover Laptop Webcam

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Summary: Use Windows PowerShell to discover a webcam attached to your laptop.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I use Windows PowerShell to find a webcam or camera that is attached to my laptop?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Use the Get-CimInstance or the Get-WmiObject cmdlet, examine the Win32_PnpEntity WMI class,
          and look for something that matches camera in the caption.

By using Get-CimInstance in Windows PowerShell 3.0 or later:

Get-CimInstance Win32_PnPEntity | where caption -match 'camera'

By using Get-WmiObject in Windows PowerShell 2.0:

Get-WmiObject Win32_PnPEntity | where {$_.caption -match 'camera'}

Note  Not all webcams populate exactly the same way, so it may take a bit of searching
to find the right string.

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  • thanks

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  • Great tip. Windows Powershell 3.0 provides direct cmdlets buts have found Get-Wmiobject to be very useful a swell especially when you need to query a remote system. It supports the -credential switch. Thanks again for posting this!

  • thanks

  • On Windows 8.1 laptops an other systems with OEM cameras this may be needed:

    Get-WmiObject Win32_PnPEntity | where {$_.caption -match 'webcam'}


    Get-WmiObject Win32_PnPEntity | where {$_.caption -match 'webcam' -or $_.Caption -match 'camera'}