Connect to Visual Studio Online

Share and build your code with Visual Studio Online. Improve collaboration with both your customers and team members.

Create a Visual Studio Online account and team project

  1. If your team doesn't have a Visual Studio Online account, create one. If you're not already signed in with your Microsoft account, you'll do that here.

    Sign in page
  2. Now enter the name you want to use for your Visual Studio Online account. If you are a new user, you need to enter some extra details about yourself.

    Create a Visual Studio account page
  3. Create your team project by giving it a name, choosing the version control provider (Team Foundation Version Control or Git), and selecting a process template.

    Create your first team project page

Connect Visual Studio to your team project

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

  2. Open Visual Studio from your account home page. Don't see this view?

    Open with Visual Studio to connect button on the overview page
  3. In the team explorer, configure your workspace mapping for version control.

    Configure workspace link in the team explorer home page  

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

  4. Verify your workspace path, then map the workspace and get the source.

    Map and get button in the team explorer home page  
  5. Now you're ready to check in source, queue builds, and manage work.

    The team explorer connected to your project 

Q&A

Q:How many Visual Studio Online accounts can I create?

A:You can only create one Visual Studio Online account for each Microsoft account. But there is no limit for how many Visual Studio accounts you can be a member of.

Q:How do I find out if I own any Visual Studio Online accounts or which ones I am a member of?

A: Sign in to Visual Studio Online and you will see the details there.

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

A:These features require a license.

Try these features for free. Or, get licences that give you access to these features.

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

A:Yes. From your team project page - https://[account].visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/[team project] - open Visual Studio to connect to your team project.

Open in Visual Studio link in the overview page

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

A:Yes. You can 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:Why doesn't Visual Studio launch when I click "Open new instance of 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 previous 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 above steps. What do I do next?

A:You might have already created a workspace for this dev machine. You can view your workspace by opening source control exploreror modify it from the Manage Workspaces  dialog box.

Team Explorer Home page with Source Control Explorer highlighted and Workspace menu open 

Q:Can I create additional team projects?

A:Yes. To support development projects that different teams work on which you want to keep separate, you can add a team project. Use the New link on the service Overview page.  

New link on your Visual Studio Account home page

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

A:Yes. You can delete a team project that you no longer use.

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