Work item revisions

Last Update: 12/5/2016

api-version = 2.2

This API provides access to all work item revisions in your project or collection and allows you to build a warehouse.

The response of the API contains a batch of work item revisions ("values"), a URL to the next batch of work item revisions ("nextLink") and a boolean that tells you whether you have read all currently available work item revisions ("isLastBatch").

The results of this API are impacted when using Move Work Item and/or Change Work Item Type features in conjunction with "project" in the url and/or "types" in the query string.
    - Project-scoped requests will only return work item revisions from the specified project.
    - Types-scoped requests will only return work item revisions of the specified type(s).

The workflow for building your warehouse is as follows:

  1. Make a request to the API without providing a continuationToken parameter
  2. Process the work item revisions returned by the API
  3. Persist "nextLink" and check "isLastBatch"
    • If "isLastBatch" is true, pause for a period of time (varies depending on your target latency)
  4. Make the next request using the URL from "nextLink"
  5. Go to step 2

Sample Projects

C# Example

Get a batch of work item revisions

GET https://{instance}/DefaultCollection/[{project}/]_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?[continuationToken={string}]&[fields={string}]&[types={string}]&[includeIdentityRef={boolean}]&api-version={string}
Property Type Description
URL
instance string VS Team Services account ({account}.visualstudio.com) or TFS server ({server:port}).
project string Filters the results to work items in the specified team project. The project can be specified by name or ID.
Query
continuationToken string Specifies the continuationToken to start the batch from. Omit this parameter to get the first batch of revisions.
fields string A comma-separated list of fields to return in work item revisions. Omit this parameter to get all reportable fields.
types string A comma-separated list of types to filter the results to specific work item types. Omit this parameter to get work item revisions of all work item types.
includeIdentityRef boolean Return an identity reference instead of a string value for identity fields.
includeDeleted boolean Include deleted work items in the results.
includeTagRef boolean Return a tag reference instead of a string value for the System.Tags field.
includeLatestOnly boolean Return only the latest revision of work items.
startDateTime datetime Date/time to use as a starting point for revisions, all revisions will occur after this date/time. Cannot be used in conjunction with 'continuationToken' parameter.
$expand enum { fields, none } Fields will return all fields. Cannot be used in conjunction with the 'fields' parameter.
api-version string Version of the API to use.

Example: get the first batch of work item revisions

Sample request

GET https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?api-version=2.0

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "values": [
    {
      "id": 1,
      "rev": 1,
      "fields": {
        "System.Id": 1,
        "System.AreaPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.TeamProject": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.Rev": 1,
        "System.RevisedDate": "2014-03-18T17:17:05.76Z",
        "System.IterationPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.WorkItemType": "Product Backlog Item",
        "System.State": "New",
        "System.Reason": "New backlog item",
        "System.CreatedDate": "2014-03-18T17:16:56.25Z",
        "System.CreatedBy": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>",
        "System.ChangedDate": "2014-03-18T17:16:56.25Z",
        "System.ChangedBy": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>",
        "System.BoardColumn": "New",
        "WEF_6CB513B6E70E43499D9FC94E5BBFB784_Kanban.Column": "New",
        "System.Title": "Technician can check on parts orders on Windows Phone"
      }
    },
    {
      "id": 1,
      "rev": 2,
      "fields": {
        "System.Id": 1,
        "System.AreaPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.TeamProject": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.Rev": 2,
        "System.RevisedDate": "2014-03-18T17:19:02.093Z",
        "System.IterationPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.WorkItemType": "Product Backlog Item",
        "System.State": "New",
        "System.Reason": "New backlog item",
        "System.CreatedDate": "2014-03-18T17:16:56.25Z",
        "System.CreatedBy": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>",
        "System.ChangedDate": "2014-03-18T17:17:05.76Z",
        "System.ChangedBy": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>",
        "System.BoardColumn": "New",
        "WEF_6CB513B6E70E43499D9FC94E5BBFB784_Kanban.Column": "New",
        "System.Title": "Technician can check on parts orders on Windows Phone",
        "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.BacklogPriority": 1000000000
      }
    },
    {
      "id": 2,
      "rev": 1,
      "fields": {
        "System.Id": 2,
        "System.AreaPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.TeamProject": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.Rev": 1,
        "System.RevisedDate": "2014-03-18T17:17:06.343Z",
        "System.IterationPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.WorkItemType": "Product Backlog Item",
        "System.State": "New",
        "System.Reason": "New backlog item",
        "System.CreatedDate": "2014-03-18T17:17:06.01Z",
        "System.CreatedBy": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>",
        "System.ChangedDate": "2014-03-18T17:17:06.01Z",
        "System.ChangedBy": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>",
        "System.BoardColumn": "New",
        "WEF_6CB513B6E70E43499D9FC94E5BBFB784_Kanban.Column": "New",
        "System.Title": "Technician can look for closest hardware store from Windows Phone"
      }
    }
  ],
  "nextLink": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?continuationToken=3;2;1&api-version=2.0",
  "isLastBatch": true
}

Example: get a batch of work item revisions with identity references

Sample request

GET https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?includeIdentityRef=true&watermark=794&api-version=2.0

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "values": [
    {
      "id": 3,
      "rev": 8,
      "fields": {
        "System.Id": 3,
        "System.AreaPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.TeamProject": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.Rev": 8,
        "System.RevisedDate": "9999-01-01T00:00:00Z",
        "System.IterationPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git\\Release 1\\Sprint 1",
        "System.WorkItemType": "Product Backlog Item",
        "System.State": "Done",
        "System.Reason": "Work finished",
        "System.CreatedDate": "2014-03-18T17:17:06.857Z",
        "System.CreatedBy": {
          "id": "d291b0c4-a05c-4ea6-8df1-4b41d5f39eff",
          "uniqueName": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>"
        },
        "System.ChangedDate": "2015-06-23T18:25:16.137Z",
        "System.ChangedBy": {
          "id": "d6245f20-2af8-44f4-9451-8107cb2767db",
          "uniqueName": "Normal Paulk <fabrikamfiber16@hotmail.com>"
        },
        "System.Title": "Technician can submit invoices on Windows Phone",
        "System.BoardColumn": "Done",
        "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.ClosedDate": "2014-03-18T17:19:02.093Z",
        "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.Priority": 3,
        "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.BacklogPriority": 1000063244,
        "WEF_6CB513B6E70E43499D9FC94E5BBFB784_Kanban.Column": "Done"
      }
    },
    {
      "id": 350,
      "rev": 1,
      "fields": {
        "System.Id": 350,
        "System.AreaPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.TeamProject": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.Rev": 1,
        "System.RevisedDate": "9999-01-01T00:00:00Z",
        "System.IterationPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.WorkItemType": "Epic",
        "System.State": "New",
        "System.Reason": "New epic",
        "System.CreatedDate": "2015-08-25T21:54:46.06Z",
        "System.CreatedBy": {
          "id": "d291b0c4-a05c-4ea6-8df1-4b41d5f39eff",
          "uniqueName": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>"
        },
        "System.ChangedDate": "2015-08-25T21:54:46.06Z",
        "System.ChangedBy": {
          "id": "d291b0c4-a05c-4ea6-8df1-4b41d5f39eff",
          "uniqueName": "Jamal Hartnett <fabrikamfiber4@hotmail.com>"
        },
        "System.Title": "Mobile Experiences",
        "System.BoardColumn": "New",
        "System.BoardColumnDone": false,
        "Microsoft.VSTS.Common.Priority": 2,
        "WEF_DF2CD50AB7B849C795850408B629AB43_Kanban.Column": "New",
        "WEF_DF2CD50AB7B849C795850408B629AB43_Kanban.Column.Done": false
      }
    }
  ],
  "nextLink": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?continuationToken=813;350;1&includeIdentityRef=true&api-version=2.0",
  "continuationToken": "813;350;1",
  "isLastBatch": true
}

Get a batch of work item revisions with a POST

This request may be used if your list of fields is large enough that it may run the URL over the length limit

POST https://{instance}/DefaultCollection/[{project}/]_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?[continuationToken={string}]&api-version={string}
Content-type: Application/json
{
    "types": [ string ],
    "fields": [ string ],
    "includeIdentityRef": [ boolean ]
}
Property Type Description
URL
instance string VS Team Services account ({account}.visualstudio.com) or TFS server ({server:port}).
project string Filters the results to work items in the specified team project.
Query
continuationToken string Specifies the continuationToken to start the batch from. Omit this parameter to get the first batch of revisions.
startDateTime datetime Date/time to use as a starting point for revisions, all revisions will occur after this date/time. Cannot be used in conjunction with 'continuationToken' parameter.
$expand enum { fields, none } Fields will return all fields. Cannot be used in conjunction with the 'fields' parameter.
api-version string Version of the API to use.
Body
fields array of strings Fields to return in work item revisions. Omit this parameter to get all reportable fields.
types array of strings Types to filter the results to specific work item types. Omit this parameter to get work item revisions of all work item types.
includeIdentityRef boolean Return an identity reference instead of a string value for identity fields.
includeDeleted boolean Include deleted work items in the results.
includeTagRef boolean Return a tag reference instead of a string value for the System.Tags field.
includeLatestOnly boolean Return only the latest revision of work items.

Sample request

POST https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?continuationToken=813;350;1&api-version=2.0
Content-Type: application/json
{
  "types": [
    "Bug",
    "Task",
    "Product Backlog Item"
  ],
  "fields": [
    "System.WorkItemType",
    "System.Title",
    "System.AreaPath"
  ],
  "includeIdentityRef": true
}

Sample response

Status code: 200
{
  "values": [
    {
      "id": 3,
      "rev": 8,
      "fields": {
        "System.AreaPath": "Fabrikam-Fiber-Git",
        "System.WorkItemType": "Product Backlog Item",
        "System.Title": "Technician can submit invoices on Windows Phone"
      }
    }
  ],
  "nextLink": "https://fabrikam-fiber-inc.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection/_apis/wit/reporting/workItemRevisions?continuationToken=842;5;3&api-version=2.0",
  "isLastBatch": true
}