Connect to Visual Studio Online

After you create a Visual Studio Online account, create your first team project to store your code. Then connect Visual Studio or another development tool to your team project. If you don't have a Visual Studio Online account, create it first.

Create your first team project

Name your project. Select a process template to manage your work, then choose your version control provider.

Create your first team project

Not sure what to choose? Find out which process template and version control you should use.

Connect to your team project with Visual Studio

  1. If you haven't already, install Visual Studio 2013.

  2. Open Visual Studio from your team project's page. Don't see this view?

    On your team project overview page, click Open with Visual Studio
  3. Sign in to Visual Studio Online from Visual Studio. Why is my sign-in page different than when I sign in to Visual Studio?

  4. In Visual Studio, map your workspace to your source for version control.

    On Team Explorer home page, click Configure Workspace 

    I don't see the Configure Workspace link. What do I do next?

  5. Confirm your workspace path, map your workspace, and get the source.

    On Team Explorer home page, click Map and get
  6. Now you can check in source, queue builds, and manage work.

    Visual Studio is now connected to your team project 

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Q & A

Q:Why is my sign-in page different than when I sign in to Visual Studio?

A:Your sign-in page depends on whether you used a Microsoft account or work account with Visual Studio Online. So, sign in with the username and password that you used with Visual Studio Online.

Q:How do I connect Xcode or Eclipse to Visual Studio Online?

A:Find out here about how to connect Xcode or Eclipse.

Q:Why are some features not available with my account?

A:These features require a license:

You can try these features for free. Or, get licenses that give you access to these features.

Q:Can I open Visual Studio from Visual Studio Online?

A:Yes, go to your team project's page (http://youraccount.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/yourteamproject). Open Visual Studio to connect to your team project.

On your team project overview page, click Open in Visual Studio 

Q:Why doesn't Visual Studio launch when I click "Open in Visual Studio" on my team project page?

A:This link requires Visual Studio 2013 or later. It doesn't launch earlier versions of Visual Studio.

Q:Can I use earlier versions of Visual Studio to connect to Visual Studio Online?

A:Yes. You can use Visual Studio 2012. You can also use Visual Studio 2010, but you'll need to install Service Pack 1 and KB2662296 first. Or, you can use Visual Studio 2008 SP1, with this GDR update. Launch Visual Studio, then connect to Visual Studio Online using your account URL and select your team project.

Q:I don't see the Configure Workspace link shown in the steps above. What do I do next?

A:You might already have a workspace on your computer. To see your workspace, open Source Control Explorer. Or change your workspace. Find out how to manage files under source control or manage workspaces.

In Team Explorer, click Source Control Explorer or Manage Workspaces 

Q:Can I create more than one team project?

A:Yes, this keeps work separate when you have development projects for different teams. To create a new team project, go to your Visual Studio Online account's Overview page. On your Visual Studio Online home page, click New 

Q:Can I delete a team project that I've created?

A:Yes, you can delete a team project that you don't use anymore.

Q:Can I edit the Welcome portal for my team project?

A:Yes, the Welcome portal is authored in a Markdown file. You can edit the Markdown file directly from your team project's Welcome portal page. For details on writing Markdown, look at John Gruber's Markdown site.