Changeset Command

Last Update: 9/26/2016

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Displays information about and lets you change the attributes, such as comments and check-in notes, that are associated with a changeset.

Required Permissions

To use the changeset command you must have the Read permission set to Allow for any files or folders in the changeset for which you wish to display full information. The only users who can modify the notes and comments that are associated with a changeset are the users who created the changeset or a user who has the Revise other user's changes global permission. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

tf changeset [/comment:("comment"|@commentfile)] 
[/notes:("NoteFieldName"="NoteFieldValue"|@notefile)] [/noprompt][/collection:TeamProjectCollectionUrl]] 
[changesetnumber | /latest][/login:username,[password]]


Argument Description
comment Provides a comment about the check-in.
@commentfile Specifies a path of a file on disk that contains the comment used for the check-in.
NoteFieldName=NoteFieldValue Sets the value of the check-in note field. You can provide multiple, semicolon-separated "field=value" expressions.
@notefile Provides the path of a file on disk that contains check-in note field names and values in the format of "field=value" with one per line.
TeamProjectCollectionUrl The URL of the team project collection that contains a changeset about which you want to display information or whose attributes you want to modify (for example, http://myserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection).
username Provides a value to the /user option. You can specify this argument as either Domain*UserName* or UserName.
changesetnumber Identifies the changeset to be reviewed or modified. Cannot be used with /latest.
Option Description
/comment Replaces the changeset comment that was created during the check-in process, with a new comment.
/notes Provides one or more check-in notes to associate with the changeset.
/latest Specifies the most recent changeset. Cannot be used with changesetnumber.
/noprompt Suppresses any prompts for input from you.
/collection Specifies the team project collection.
/login Specifies the user name and the password to authenticate the user with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.


A changeset is a set of file and folder revisions that were committed to the Team Foundation version control server as part of the same check-in event. For more information, see Working with Changesets.

You can use the changeset command to view the attributes of a changeset and modify its properties. You can use the History command to determine which changeset you want to obtain information about. For more information, see History Command.

For links to other Team Foundation commands that provide additional information about the items in your Team Foundation version control server and all the workspaces that map to it, see Informational Commands.

For more information on how to find the tf command-line utility, see Tf Command-Line Utility Commands.


The following example Displays detailed information about changeset 8675309 in an editable format in the *Changeset *dialog box and replaces the existing comment with "This is a new comment."

After you press ENTER, the Details for Changeset <changeset number> - Source Files dialog box appears. Click Save to associate the comment with the changeset.

c:\projects>tf changeset /comment:"This is a new comment." 8675309

The following example provides two check-in notes to associate with the changeset.

c:\projects>tf changeset /notes:reviewer=Jo;Security = checked 8675309

The following example provides two check-in notes that include spaces in the values and names to associate with the changeset.

c:\projects>tf changeset /notes:"Code Reviewer"="John Smith";"Security Reviewer"="Chen Yang" 8675309

The following example associates the check-in notes included in the file notes.txt with the changeset 8675309.

c:\projects>tf changeset /notes:@notes.txt 8675309

Where the notes.txt can be in following format:

field2=value that
spans multiple
field3 = value3;

The following example replaces the existing comment for changeset 8675309 and displays information about the changeset in the Command Prompt window. The example does not start the *Changeset *dialog box.

c:\projects>tf changeset /comment:"This is an automatically generated comment." /noprompt 8675309

The following example displays non-editable information about changeset 8675309 in the Command Prompt window.

c:\projects>tf changeset 8675309 /noprompt

Sample output:

Changeset: 8675309
User: DOMAIN\JohnG
Date: 01/21/2004 21:03:45
Comment:  This check-in fixes issues in several features.  I also refactored some items in buf.c into a new file named bif.c because buf.c was too hard to parse.
   $/baz/proj/bif.c           Added
   $/baz/proj/buf.c          Modified, Renamed
Work Items:
   34527     The "Access Denied" message is not descriptive enough.
   35628     The UI flickers when I press the '8', 'y', 'Ctrl', and 'End' buttons at the same time.
Check-in Notes:
   Code Reviewer:  ShellM
   Performance Reviewer: ShellM
   Security Reviewer: ShellM

See Also


Checkin Command

Checkout and Edit Commands

Shelve Command

History Command

Configure Command


Working with Changesets

Other Resources

Tf Command-Line Utility Commands