Quickstart: Sign up for a free Azure DevOps organization

Azure DevOps Services

In this quickstart, you learn how to sign up for a free Azure DevOps organization with a Microsoft account and how to invite your teammates.

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Sign up for Azure DevOps with a personal Microsoft account

  1. Select the sign-up link for Azure DevOps.

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

    Sign in with your Microsoft account

  3. Enter your password and select Sign in.

    If you don't have a Microsoft account, you can create a Microsoft account at this time.

    Enter your password and sign in

  4. To get started with Azure DevOps , choose Continue.

    Choose Continue to sign up for Azure DevOps

  5. Enter a name for your organization. The name you enter cannot contain spaces or special characters (such as / \ [ ] : | < > + = ; ? or *), cannot end in a period or comma, must be less than 256 characters, and must be unique within the DevOps namespace. You can also choose between several locations for where you want your data hosted. Select Continue.

    Almost done

    You see the following dialog box as your organization is created.

    Taking you to your new  organization

    Congratulations, you're now an organization owner!

    To sign in to your organization at any time, go to https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}.

  6. Enter a name for your project and select the visibility. The name you enter cannot contain spaces or special characters (such as / : \ ~ & % ; @ ' " ? < > | # $ * } { , + = [ ]), cannot begin with an underscore, cannot begin or end with a period, and must be 64 characters or less. Visibility can be either public or private. With public visibility, anyone on the internet can view your project. With private visibility, only people who you give access to can view your project. Select Create project.

    Create a project to get started

Welcome to your project

When your project has been created, the welcome page appears.

Welcome to the project page


Your first project was created by using a Git repository and the Agile process. If you want a project that uses the Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) repository or the Scrum or CMMI process, see Choose a process for a comparison of processes. Then, you can choose a process by adding another project.

Select one of the following tasks to get started:

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

For more information about organizations and projects, see these articles:

Invite team members

Give a team member access to your organization by adding their email address to your organization.

  1. Sign in to your Azure DevOps organization (https://dev.azure.com/{yourorganization}).

  2. Select Organization settings Organization settings.

    Open Organization settings

  3. Select Users > Add new users.

    Select Add new users

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

    • Users: Enter the email addresses (Microsoft account) 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: Leave the access level as Basic for users who will contribute to the code base. To learn more, see About access levels.
    • Add to project: Select the project you named in the preceding procedure.
    • 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.


      You must add email addresses for personal Microsoft 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 account, ask the user to sign up for a Microsoft account.

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

For more information about managing users and organization access, see Add organization users for Azure DevOps.

Next steps