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Puppet defined type for managing .URL shortcut files within Microsoft Windows.


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Version information

  • 0.1.7 (latest)
  • 0.1.6
  • 0.1.5
  • 0.1.1
released Jun 21st 2022
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x
  • Puppet >= 6.21.0 < 9.0.0

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  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'rfbennett-file_url', '0.1.7'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add rfbennett-file_url
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install rfbennett-file_url --version 0.1.7

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rfbennett/file_url — version 0.1.7 Jun 21st 2022

File URL

Puppet defined type for managing .URL files within Microsoft Windows.

Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  3. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  4. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This module supplies a defined type that can be used to manage .URL shortcut files on a Windows node. It leverages PowerShell to do the bulk of the heavy lifting.


To use the file_url type, you must (at a minimum) specify file_name, parent_folder and url (as shown below). Note that, where possible, the shortcut creation process will try to automatically generate missing parent folders.

You can make a single shortcut:

  file_url { 'JustOneShortcut':
    file_name     => 'SingleShortcutExample.url',
    parent_folder => 'C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs\\AFolder',
    url           => '',

Or you can loop through a hash of shortcuts and do many at once:

class just_an_example_class (
  Hash $url_shortcuts = {
    'UrlShortcut01' => {
      file_name     => 'BasicShortcutExample',
      parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      url           => '',
    'UrlShortcut02' => {
      file_name     => 'AnotherSimpleShortcutExample',
      parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      url           => '',
      log_output    => true,
    'UrlShortcut03' => {
      file_name     => 'YetAnotherShortcutExample',
      parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      url           => '',
      hot_key       => 1607,
      icon_file     => 'C:\\Program Files\\Git\\git-cmd.exe',
      icon_index    => 0,
      log_output    => true,
    'UrlShortcut04' => {
      file_name     => 'OneMoreShortcutExample',
      parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
      url           => '',
      hot_key       => 0,
      icon_file     => 'C:\\Folder1\\puppet.ico',
      icon_index    => 0,
      log_output    => true,
) {
  $url_shortcuts.each | String $url_title, Hash $url_hash | {
    file_url { $url_title:
      * => $url_hash,

You can also remove a shortcut:

  file_url { 'ShortcutCleanup':
    ensure        => 'absent',
    file_name     => 'UnwantedShortcut.url',
    parent_folder => 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
    url           => '',


  1. This modules uses the following to generate the contents of the file:
  • puppet strings generate --format markdown --out
  1. This module has been evaluated against the following:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2022 (running PowerShell 5.1.20348.643)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019 (running PowerShell 5.1.17763.1971)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (running PowerShell 5.1.14393.4530)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (running PowerShell 5.1.14409.1018)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (running PowerShell 5.1.19041.1023)


As this is currently an initial foray into contributing to the Puppet Forge project, please bear with us as things settle. Feedback and ideas are always welcome - please contact an Author (listed in metadata.json) to discuss your input, or feel free to simply open an Issue.