Anyone know how to invoke a Rest Web API from a powershell script?

Hey all,

So I am clueless with Powershell.   Not even sure how to run this powershell file after I create it.   I simply need to invoke a Web API call somehow from a script and someone told me powershell can do this.   Any example on how to do this if I give it the URL such as:


Then if someone can tell me how to invoke assuming I have powershell installed on my machine.

Thanks all.
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Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistCommented:
I didn't know but found it interesting :)
REST calls are nothing but HTTP requests, so from PowerShell you can just use the .Net web client:
$wc = New-Object system.Net.WebClient;
$result = $wc.downloadString("http://localhost:51828/api/Customer/Generate")

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A couple other options.  If you don't know anything about PowerShell then I don't know how helpful they will be since it only gets you started.  Depending on what is returned by the request the next steps vary.

$result = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri "http://localhost:51828/api/Customer/Generate"

# or

$url = "http://localhost:51828/api/Customer/Generate"
$result = Invoke-RestMethod -URI $url -Method GET

# now look at the contents of $result

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