Sign up for free and invite others to collaborate in Azure Boards

Azure Boards

Sign up for an Azure DevOps and Azure Boards to start planning and tracking work. We walk you through the sign-up process for Azure Boards. Follow these steps when you want to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Create a private or public project with Azure Boards enabled services
  • Track work using the Basic, Agile, Scrum, or CMMI process for tracking work
  • Create a Git or Team Foundation Version control (TFVC) repository for managing your code
  • Invite others to contribute to your project

To sign up and enable all Azure DevOps Services, see Sign up, sign in to Azure DevOps. To learn more about the choices available to you, see these articles:

Choose your sign-up option

  1. From your web browser, open the Azure Boards sign-up page. Supported web browsers include the latest versions of Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari (Mac), Firefox, and Chrome.

    Create new project dialog, start free.

  2. Choose one of the following buttons based on the account you want to use.

    • Start free: Choose this option when:

      Tip

      You can sign up with any valid email address. Signing up for Azure Boards enables your email address as a Microsoft account.

    • Start free with GitHub: Choose this option if you have an existing GitHub account. Then go to Sign up with a GitHub account.
  3. If you've already signed up or have an organization set up to use Azure Boards, choose the Sign in link.

    Sign-in button.

Sign up by creating an account using your email address

  1. To sign up with a valid email address, choose Create one!. Enter the email address you want to use.

    Sign up dialog with Microsoft account.

  2. Enter the email address you want to use and then choose Next.

    Create account dialog for Azure DevOps with valid email address.

    Or, you choose Get a new email address to create an Outlook or Hotmail account at this time. To learn more, see create a Microsoft account.

  3. Enter the password you want to use with your Azure Boards Microsoft account and then choose Next.

    Create password dialog for Azure DevOps with valid email address.

  4. Choose the region and specify your birthday to complete your account registration and then choose Next.

    Create account dialog specify region and birthday.

  5. Enter the code sent to your email address to verify your account and then choose Next.

    Verify email dialog for account creation.

  6. Check your email account and enter the code provided. Choose Next.

    Enter the code provided.

    An organization is created based on your account name. Sign in to your organization at any time by entering https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization} in your web portal. You can change the organization name as indicated in Change organization or project settings later in this article.

  7. Also, a project is created based on your account name. You can change the project name later. To get started with Azure DevOps, choose Continue.

    Choose Continue to get started with Azure DevOps.

    • Project name: Can't contain special characters (such as /: \ ~ & % ; @ ' " ? < > | # $ * } { , + = [ ]), can't begin with an underscore, can't begin or end with a period, and must be 64 characters or less.
    • Visibility: Choose Public if you want to create an open-source project. Otherwise, choose Private, so only people who you give access to can view your project.
  8. Your next step is to start using your Kanban board to track issues and tasks, or invite other users to collaborate with your project.

Note

Your project was created using the Basic process which uses Epics, Issues, and Tasks to track work. If you want a project that uses the Agile, Scrum, or CMMI process, then you can add another project and specify the process through advanced setting options as described in the next section. See Create a project using Advanced settings.

Sign up with a personal Microsoft account

If you have a Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory organizational account, follow these steps to sign up for Azure Boards.

  1. Enter your email address, phone number, or Skype ID for your Microsoft account. If you're a Visual Studio subscriber and you get Azure DevOps as a benefit, use the Microsoft account associated with your subscription. Select Next.

    Sign in dialog use a Microsoft account.

  2. Enter your password and select Sign in.

    Enter your password and sign in.

  3. To get started with Azure Boards, select Continue.

    Get started with Azure DevOps, Select Continue.

  4. An organization is suggested based on the account you used to sign in. You can modify the account name. Choose the region where you want your projects hosted. Then enter the characters you see into the text box, and then choose Continue.

    Get started with Azure DevOps, choose organization name and region.

    An organization is created based on the name entered in the Name your Azure DevOps organization box.

    Use the following URL to sign in to your organization at any time:

    https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}

    You can change the organization name as indicated in Change organization or project settings later in this article.

  5. To complete your sign-up process, go to create a project.

Sign up with a GitHub account

If you have a GitHub account, follow these steps to sign up for Azure Boards.

Important

If your GitHub email address is associated with an Azure AD-backed organization in Azure DevOps, you can't sign in with your GitHub account, rather you must sign in with your Azure AD account.

  1. From the Azure Boards sign-up page, choose Start Boards free with GitHub.

    Sign up for Azure DevOps

  2. Enter your GitHub account credentials, and then select Sign in.

    Enter GitHub credentials

  3. Select Authorize Microsoft corporation.

    Authorize Microsoft

    For more information about GitHub authentication, see FAQs.

  4. Choose Continue.

    Choose Continue to sign up for Azure DevOps

    An organization is created based on your GitHub account.

    Use the following URL to sign in to your organization at any time:

    https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}

    You can change the organization name as indicated in Change organization or project settings later in this article.

  5. To complete your sign-up process, go to create a project.

Create a project

If you signed up for Azure DevOps with an existing Microsoft account or GitHub identity, you're automatically prompted to create a project. You can create either a public or private project. To learn more about public projects, see What is a public project?.

  1. Enter a name for your project, select the visibility, and optionally provide a description. Then choose Create project.

    Create a project.

    • Project name: Can't contain special characters (such as / : \ ~ & % ; @ ' " ? < > | # $ * } { , + = [ ]), can't begin with an underscore, can't begin or end with a period, and must be 64 characters or less.
    • Visibility: Choose Public if you want to create an open-source project. Otherwise, choose Private, so only people who you give access to can view your project.
  2. Your Kanban board automatically appears. You're now set to start tracking issues, tasks, and features, or invite other users to collaborate with your project.

    Kanban board

Note

Your first project was created using the Basic process which uses Epics, Issues, and Tasks to track work. If you want a project that uses the Agile, Scrum, or CMMI process, then you can add another project and specify the process through advanced setting options as described in the next section. See Choose a process for a comparison of processes.

Create a project with Advanced options

Your first project is automatically created using the Basic process and a Git repository. If you want to use the Agile, Scrum, or CMMI process and a different repository, you can create another project and choose the process by expanding the Advanced settings. You can then delete the project with the process you don't want to use.

  1. Select Azure DevOps logo Azure DevOps to open the Projects page, and then select New project.

    Screenshot of Open Projects.

  2. Fill out the form, expand Advanced to choose the options available for Version control and Work item process.

    Screenshot of create project with Agile process.

  3. Choose Create to complete the action.

Invite team members to your project

You can add and invite others to work on your project by adding their email address to your organization and project.

  1. From your project web portal, choose the Azure DevOps icon, and then select Organization settings.

    Open Organization settings

  2. Select Users > Add new users.

    Select Add users

  3. Complete the form by entering or selecting the following information:

    • Users: Enter the email addresses (Microsoft accounts) or GitHub IDs 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.
    • Access level: Assign one of the following access levels:
      • Basic: Assign to users who must have access to all Azure Boards features. You can grant up to five users Basic access for free.
      • Stakeholder: Assign to users who will have limited access to features to view, add, and modify work items. You can assign an unlimited amount of users Stakeholder access for free.
    • Add to project: Select the project you named in the preceding procedure.
    • Azure DevOps Groups: Select one of the following security groups, which will determine the permissions the users have to perform select tasks (To learn more, see Default permissions and access for Azure Boards.):
      • Project Readers: Assign to users who only require read-only access.
      • Project Contributors: Assign to users who will contribute fully to the project.
      • Project Administrators: Assign to users who will configure project resources.

    Note

    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.

  4. When you're done, select Add to complete your invitation.

For more information, see Add users or groups to a team or project and Add organization users for Azure DevOps Services.

Change your organization or project settings

You can rename and delete your organization, or change the organization location. To learn more, see the following articles:

You can rename your project or change its visibility. To learn more about managing projects, see the following articles:

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