About notifications

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Notifications help you and your team stay informed about activity that occurs within your Azure DevOps projects. With notifications, you are notified when changes occur to work items, code reviews, pull requests, source control files, and builds. You can be notified via email. For example,you can get notified whenever a bug that you opened is resolved or when a work item is assigned to you.

You receive notifications based on rules or subscriptions. Subscriptions arise from the following instances:

  • Out of the box or default
  • Created by an administrator for a team or group that you belong to
  • Created by you

You can manage your notifications, which you access from your organization menu. Other notifications are managed by an administrator at the following levels:

  • Team notifications, managed by a team administrator
  • Project notifications, managed by a member of the Project Administrators group
  • Organization/collection-level notifications, managed by a member of the Project Collection Administrators group

Preferred email address

Notifications are sent by default to the preferred email address for your organization profile. This is typically the email address you signed into Azure DevOps with, but can be managed via your organization preferences profile page.


Your preferred email address applies across all of your organizations and cannot be changed on a per-organization basis.

Integrating with other services

If your team uses an external service to collaborate—such as Campfire, Flowdock, or Slack—you can configure notifications to be sent to these services. These services are supported out of the box:

You can also use a third-party service like Zapier to send notifications to hundreds of other services. Learn more about Zapier and Azure DevOps Services integration.

On-premises SMTP server

For on-premises Azure DevOps, you must configure an SMTP server in order for team members to see the Notifications option from their organization menu and to receive notifications.