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Specify your build steps

Last Updated: 7/29/2016

Team Services | TFS 2015 | Previous versions (XAML builds)

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Add steps to specify what you want to build, the tests to run, and all the other steps needed to complete the process.


Android Build - deprecated
Use Gradle
Android Signing
Sign and align Android APK files
Build with Apache Ant
Build with the CMake cross-platform build system
Build using a Gradle wrapper script
The JavaScript Task Runner
Node.js streaming task based build system
Index Sources & Publish Symbols
Index your source code and publish symbols to a file share
Build with Apache Maven
Build with MSBuild
SonarQube for MSBuild - Begin Analysis
Fetch the Quality Profile from SonarQube to configure the analysis
SonarQube for MSBuild - End Analysis
Finish the analysis and upload the results to SonarQube
Visual Studio Build
Build with MSBuild and set the Visual Studio version property
Build an Android app with Xamarin
Build an iOS app with Xamarin on Mac OS
iconXcode Build
Build an Xcode workspace on Mac OS
iconXcode Package iOS
Generate an .ipa file from Xcode build output


Archive Files
Archive files using a variety of compression formats such as .7z, .rar, .tar.gz, and .zip.
Batch Script
Run a windows cmd or bat script and optionally allow it to change the environment
Command Line
Run a command line with arguments
Copy and Publish Build Artifacts
Copy Build artifacts to staging folder then publish Build artifacts to the server or a file share
Copy Files
Copy files from source folder to target folder using minimatch patterns (The minimatch patterns will only match file paths, not folder paths)
iconcURL Upload Files
Use cURL to upload files with supported protocols. (FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, and more)
Delete Files
Delete files or folders.
iconExtract Files
Run a PowerShell script
Publish Build Artifacts
Publish Build artifacts to the server or a file share
iconShell Script
Run a shell script using bash
Update Service Fabric App Versions
Automatically updates the versions of a packaged Service Fabric application
Xamarin License
Activate or deactivate Xamarin licenses


iconCloud-based Load Test
Runs the load test in cloud, with Visual Studio Team Services
iconCloud-based Web Performance Test
Runs the quick web performance test in cloud, with Visual Studio Team Services
iconPublish Code Coverage Results
Publish code coverage results to VSTS/TFS
iconPublish Test Results
Publish Test Results to Visual Studio Team Services/TFS
iconRun Functional Tests
Run Coded UI/Selenium/Functional tests on a set of machines (using Test Agent)
iconVisual Studio Test
Run tests with Visual Studio test runner
iconVisual Studio Test Agent Deployment
Deploy and configure Test Agent to run tests on a lab machine group
Xamarin Test Cloud
Test mobile apps with Xamarin Test Cloud using Xamarin.UITest


CocoaPods is the dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects. Runs pod install
Install npm packages
NuGet Installer
Installs and updates missing NuGet packages
NuGet Packager
Creates nupkg outputs from csproj or nuspec files
NuGet Publisher
Uploads nupkg files to a nuget server
iconXamarin component restore
Restores Xamarin components for the specified solution


iconAzure Cloud Service Deployment
Deploy an Azure Cloud Service
iconAzure File Copy
Copy files to Azure blob or VM(s)
iconAzure PowerShell
Run a PowerShell script within an Azure environment
iconAzure Resource Group Deployment
Deploy, start, stop, delete Azure Resource Groups
iconAzure SQL Database Deployment
Deploy Azure SQL DB using DACPAC
iconAzure Web App Deployment
Publish a Visual Studio Web project to a Microsoft Azure Web App using Web Deploy
iconPowerShell on Target Machines
Execute PowerShell scripts on remote machine(s)
iconService Fabric Application Deployment
Deploy a Service Fabric application to a cluster
Run shell commands or a script on a remote machine using SSH
iconSQL Server Database Deployment
Deploy a SQL Server Database using a DACPAC
iconWindows Machine File Copy
Copy files to remote machine(s)


Where can I learn step-by-step how to build my app?

Build your app

Can I add my own build steps?

Yes, you can develop your own build tasks. You can make them available as build steps to your team. You can also share them as extensions on Visual Studio Team Services (Team Services).

To learn more, see:

Do I need a build agent?

You need at least one agent to run your build. Get an agent.

I can't select a default agent queue and I can't queue my build. How do I fix this?

See Scale out and administer your build system: Manage your queues

I use Team Foundation Server on-premises and I don't see some of these features. Why not?

Some of these features are available only on Visual Studio Team Services and not yet available on-premises. Some features are available on-premises if you have upgraded to the latest version of TFS.

Where is the Visual Studio 2013 XAML build documentation?

Visual Studio 2013 XAML build documentation

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