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Manage Microsoft Windows shortcuts.


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Version information

  • 0.2.1 (latest)
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.9
released Jul 10th 2024
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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'rfbennett-windows_shortcuts', '0.2.1'
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puppet module install rfbennett-windows_shortcuts --version 0.2.1

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rfbennett/windows_shortcuts — version 0.2.1 Jul 10th 2024

Windows Shortcuts

Manage Microsoft Windows shortcuts.

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 allows you to manage .LNK and/or .URL shortcuts all in one place (as opposed to creating your own custom module with the file_lnk and file_url resources).


Simply supply an array of shortcuts:

windows_shortcuts::shortcuts_lnk: [
    file_name: 'Example01',
    parent_folder: 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
    target_path: 'C:\\Windows\\write.exe',
    description: 'An example LNK shortcut',
    file_name: 'Example02',
    parent_folder: 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
    target_path: 'C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Mozilla Firefox\\firefox.exe',
    description: 'Another example LNK shortcut',
    target_arguments: '',
windows_shortcuts::shortcuts_url: [
    file_name: 'Example01.url',
    parent_folder:> 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
    url: '',
    file_name: 'Example02.url',
    parent_folder: 'C:\\Users\\Public\\Desktop',
    url: '',
    icon_file: 'C:\\Program Files\\Git\\git-cmd.exe',
    icon_index: 0,


  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 10 (running PowerShell 5.1.19041.1023)


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.

Command to apply this module locally (and try it out): puppet apply --modulepath="<PathToModuleParentFolders>" --execute "include <ModuleName>" --environment "<EnvironmentName>" --no-splay --verbose --debug

For example: puppet apply --modulepath="C:\ProgramData\PuppetLabs\code\environments\production\modules;c:\projects\forge" --execute "include windows_shortcuts" --environment "production" --no-splay