Default roles & access for public projects

Azure DevOps Services - Public Projects

Public projects enable anyone to view its contents. Access is limited when the user is not signed in. These users are also referred to as anonymous users or public users. In addition, there are users, ones who are signed in to Azure DevOps, but aren't a member of a project. Both of these types of users are granted limited, read-only access as indicated in the following table.

To contribute to a public project, you must be added as a member of that project and assigned either Stakeholder or Basic access. The access level determines the user interfaces you can access. The security group you're assigned to determines the features you can exercise. For details, see About access levels.

You add project members in the same way you do for private projects. Be sure you understand what it means to invite an external user to have access to your project. If you created the project, you're automatically assigned to the Project Administrators group.

Hub or Settings Non-member access Stakeholder access Basic access Readers Contributors Project Admins
Dashboards Read access1 Partial access Full access Read access Read-Write Read-Write-Administer
Wiki Read access Full access Full access Read access Read-Write Read-Write-Administer
Boards (Work) Read access Partial access3 Full access Read access Read-Write Read-Write-Administer
Repos (Code) Read access Full access2 Full access Read access Read-Write Read-Write-Administer
Pipelines (Build and Release) Read access Full access Full access Read access Read-Write Read-Write-Administer
Test Plans No access No access Partial access4 Read access Read-Write Read-Write-Administer
Notifications No access Full access Full access Read access Read-Write Read-Write-Administer
Semantic search Full access Full access Full access Full access Full access Full access
Settings No access Full access Full access Read access Read access Read-Write-Administer

Notes:

  1. Several widgets aren't available to non-members.
  2. Stakeholders have Full access to Repos or Code features in public projects, but they have no access in private projects.
  3. Stakeholders have full access to Boards or Work in public projects, but they have partial access in private projects. For more information, see About access levels, Stakeholder access.
  4. Basic users can view and run tests from Test Plans or Test. Basic users need the Test Manager extension to get full access, which includes capability to create test plans and add test cases.

Pipelines/Build and Release

From the web portal, you can set permissions for all or individual build pipelines, release pipelines, task groups, or variable groups. See Set build and release permissions.

Note

When the Free access to Pipelines for Stakeholders preview feature is enabled for the organization, Stakeholders get access to all Build and Release features. This is indicated by the preview icon shown in the following table. Without this feature enabled, stakeholders can only view and approve releases. To learn more, see Provide Stakeholders access to edit build and release pipelines.

Task Stakeholders Readers Contributors Build
Admins
Organization Owner/
Project Admins
Release Admins
View build and release pipelines checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Define builds with continuous integration preview checkmark checkmark checkmark
Define releases and manage deployments preview checkmark checkmark checkmark
Approve releases preview checkmark checkmark checkmark
Azure Artifacts (5 users free) preview checkmark checkmark checkmark
Queue builds, edit build quality preview checkmark checkmark checkmark
Manage build queues and build qualities preview checkmark checkmark
Manage build retention policies, delete and destroy builds preview checkmark checkmark checkmark
Administer build permissions preview checkmark checkmark
Manage release permissions preview checkmark checkmark
Create and edit task groups preview checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Manage task group permissions preview checkmark checkmark checkmark
Can view library items such as variable groups preview checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark checkmark
Use and manage library items such as variable groups preview checkmark checkmark checkmark