Add users to your organization or project

Azure DevOps Services

This article describes how to add and manage user access through Direct assignment for Azure DevOps Services. For an overview of adding users and related concepts, see About organization management in Azure DevOps.

The following types of users can join your organization for free:

  • Five users who get Basic features, such as version control, tools for Agile, Java, build, release, and more
  • Unlimited users who get Stakeholder features, such as working with your backlog, work items, and queries
  • Unlimited Visual Studio subscribers who also get Basic features. Additional features, such as Azure Test Plans, can be assigned to users by access level, Basic + Test Plans.

Need more users with Basic features?


You must have Project Collection Administrator or organization Owner permissions in Azure DevOps. For more information, see Set permissions at the project level or project collection level.

Add users to your organization

Administrators can now add users to an organization, grant access to appropriate tooling extensions and service access level, and add users to groups all in one view. You can add up to 50 users at once. You can add more than 50 users by repeatedly using this Users view. When you add users, each user receives a notification email with a link to the organization page.


If you have an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)-backed organization, and you need to add users who are external to Azure AD, first add external users. On the Tell us about this user page, under Type of user, be sure to choose User with an existing Microsoft account. After you complete those steps, use the following steps to add the Azure AD user to Azure DevOps.

To give other users access to your organization, add their email addresses.

  1. Sign in to your organization ({yourorganization}).

  2. Select gear icon Organization settings.

    Open Organization settings

  3. Select Users, and then select Add users.

    Select the Users tab, and then select Add users

  4. Enter information into the form.

    Web portal, organization admin context, Add new users dialog box

    • Users: Enter the email addresses (Microsoft accounts) or GitHub usernames for the users. You can add several email addresses by separating them with a semicolon (;). An email address appears in red when it's accepted. For more information about GitHub authentication, see FAQs.
    • Access level: Leave the access level as Basic for users who will contribute to the code base. To learn more, see About access levels.
    • Add to projects: Select the project you want to add them to.
    • Azure DevOps Groups: Leave as Project Contributors, the default security group for users who will contribute to your project. To learn more, see Default permissions and access assignments.


    Add email addresses for personal Microsoft accounts and IDs for GitHub accounts unless you plan to use Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to authenticate users and control organization access. If a user doesn't have a Microsoft or GitHub account, ask the user to sign up for a Microsoft account or a GitHub account.

  5. Select Add to complete your invitation.