PowerShell show elapsed time


I have a script that kicks off an event and waits for the user to press any key to stop the script execution. I was trying to find a way to show a timer (how long the script has been running) while waiting for user input at Read-Host. Is there a way to accomplish this?

This works

$Time = [System.Diagnostics.Stopwatch]::StartNew()
while ($true) {
    $CurrentTime = $Time.Elapsed
    write-host $([string]::Format("`rTime: {0:d2}:{1:d2}:{2:d2}",
                                  $CurrentTime.seconds)) -nonewline
    sleep 1
    if ($Host.UI.RawUI.KeyAvailable -and ("q" -eq $Host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("IncludeKeyUp,NoEcho").Character)) {
        Write-Host "Exiting now"

Best Solution

This gave me the output I was after :)

$StartTime = $(get-date)

$elapsedTime = $(get-date) - $StartTime

$totalTime = "{0:HH:mm:ss}" -f ([datetime]$elapsedTime.Ticks)