Share your code with Git and Visual Studio
Team Services | TFS 2015 | Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 | Previous version
No matter the size of your Visual Studio project or how far it is into developement, you can easily share it in a Team Services Git repo.
This content walks you through the steps to get your Visual Studio project into a new Git repo in Team Services. If you already have your project in Team Services, you can use the Git quick start.
Create a local Git repo for your Visual Studio project
Create a new local Git repo for your project by selecting on the status bar in the lower right hand corner of Visual Studio. This will create a new repo in the folder the solution is in and commit your code into that repo.
Once you have a local repo, select items in the status bar to quickly navigate between Git tasks in Team Explorer.
- shows the number of outgoing commits. Selecting this will open the Synchronization view in Team Explorer.
- shows the number of uncommitted file changes. Selecting this will open the Changes view in Team Explorer.
- shows the current Git repo. Selecting this will open the Connect view in Team Explorer.
- shows your current Git branch. Selecting this displays a branch picker to quickly switch between Git branches or create new branches.
Publish your code
In the Sync view in Team Explorer, select the Get Started link under Publish to Team Services.
Verify your email and select your account in the Account Url drop down.
Enter your repository name and select Publish Repository.
This creates a new Team Project in your account with the same name as the repository. To create the repo in an existing Team Project, click Advanced next to Repository name and select a team project.
Your code is now in a Team Services repo and your local repository can push and pull updates. You can view your code on the web by selecting See it on the web .
As you write your code, your changes are automatically tracked by Visual Studio. You can commit changes to your local Git repository by selecting the pending changes icon from the status bar.
On the Changes view in Team Explorer, add a message describing your update and commit your changes.
Your changes are now committed into the local Git repository.
As other team members update the code in the repo, you'll need to sync their changes with your own code.
From the Sync view in Team Explorer, fetch the commits to view changes that your team has made. Double-click the commit to view the list of files changed.
Fetching changes does not merge the commits into your local repository. You will need to pull the changes to merge them into your local repository.
When you're ready to merge the changes with your local repo, Sync the changes to push your commits and pull changes from others.
The changes from your team are now in your local repository.
Try this next
Q: I don't see the Publish button in the status bar.
A: The Publish link in the status bar was added in Visual Studio 2015 Update 2.
If you are in a previous version of Visual Studio, create a local Git repo for your project by selecting the Create new Git repository option in the New Project window when you create a new project.
You can create a local Git repo for an existing solution by right-clicking your project in the Solution Explorer and selecting Add Solution to Source Control.
Q: How can I see what changes are in a commit before I pull it into my local repo?
A: To see what's changed in a commit, go to the Syncrhonization page in Team Explorer and right-click on the commit. Select View Commit Details. You can then right-click on any file modified by the commit and select Compare with Previous... to view the changes compared to the previous version of the file.
Q: How do I associate my commits with work items?
A: You can include work items in your commits through Related Work Items in the Changes page in Team Explorer.
Work items can be included in commits by adding #ID into the commit message. For example, "Fixing bug #23 in the reporting tools" would link work item 23 to the commit. The work item is linked when the commit is pushed to Team Services.
Q: Can I use Git command-prompt tools?
A: Yes. See the Git workflow tutorial for help with using Git from both the command line and Visual Studio.