Create a public project in your organization

Azure DevOps Services

Learn how to create or add a public project to your organization. A public project is similar to any other project that you add to your organization. Every project provides a repository for source code and a place for a group of people to plan, track progress, and collaborate on building software solutions.

A public project allows non-members of a project and users who aren't signed in read-only, limited access to the project's artifacts and services. For details, see Default roles & access for public projects.

You can add a public project to your existing organization, or create an organization and create a public project at that time. If you want to make an existing private project public, you can change the project's visibility.


  • You must have an organization created in Azure DevOps. If you don't have one, do that now.
  • As an Organization owner, you can create projects. If you're not the owner, then you must be a member of the Project Collection Administrators group or have the collection-level Create new projects permission set to Allow. To learn more, see Change project collection-level permissions.

Enable anonymous access to projects for your organization

Before you can create a public project, you must enable anonymous access for your organization.

  1. From your web browser, sign in to Azure DevOps. You must be signed in to create a public project.

  2. Choose Azure DevOps to open Projects. Then, choose Admin settings.

    Open Organization settings

  3. Choose the Policy page, and select On for Anonymous access to projects.

    Organization settings, Policy page, Security policies

Add a public project to your organization

  1. Choose Azure DevOps to open Projects.

    Open organizational settings

  2. Choose Create Project.

    Choose New Project

  3. Provide a name for your project and choose Public. Keep the defaults, or select the initial source control type and process for work item tracking.

    Create new project form

  4. Upon successful completion, the welcome page displays.

    Project creation confirmation dialog, new nav

    Select one of the following tasks to get started:

To get started managing your project, see Get started as an administrator.

Share the URL of your public project

Once created, an anonymous user or public user can view the contents of your public project.

To provide instant access, share the URL of your public project, which provides read-only access. For example, you can share the following portion of the URL shown under Clone to your computer.

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