Share your code with Visual Studio 2017 and VSTS Git
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Share your Visual Studio solution in a new VSTS or Team Foundation Server Git repo.
This article walks you through the steps to get a Visual Studio solution on your PC into a Git repo you can share with others.
If you want to work with a Visual Studio solution hosted in an existing repo, see the Git tutorial.
- A VSTS account. If you don't have one, you can sign up for one for free. Each account includes free, unlimited private Git repositories.
Create a local Git repo for your project
Create a new local Git repo for your project by selecting on the status bar in the lower right hand corner of Visual Studio. This will create a new repo in the folder the solution is in and commit your code into that repo. You can also right-click your solution in Solution Explorer and choose Add Solution to Source Control.
Once you have a local repo, select items in the status bar to quickly navigate between Git tasks in Team Explorer.
- shows the number of unpublished commits in your local branch. Selecting this opens the Synchronization view in Team Explorer.
- shows the number of uncommitted file changes. Selecting this opens the Changes view in Team Explorer.
- shows the current Git repo. Selecting this opens the Connect view in Team Explorer.
- shows your current Git branch. Selecting this displays a branch picker to quickly switch between Git branches or create new branches.
If you don't see any icons such as or , ensure that you have a project open that is part of a Git repo. If your project is brand new or not yet added to a repo, you can add it to one by selecting on the status bar, or by right-clicking your solution in Solution Explorer and choosing Add Solution to Source Control.
Publish your code to VSTS
Navigate to the Push view in Team Explorer by choosing the icon in the status bar. You can also select Sync from the Home view in Team Explorer.
In the Push view in Team Explorer, select the Publish Git Repo button under Push to Visual Studio Team Services.
Verify your email and select your account in the Team Services Domain drop-down.
Enter your repository name and select Publish repository.
This creates a new project in your account with the same name as the repository. To create the repo in an existing project, click Advanced next to Repository name and select a project.
Your code is now in a VSTS repo. You can view your code on the web by selecting See it on the web .
Commit and push updates
As you write your code, your changes are automatically tracked by Visual Studio. You can commit changes to your local Git repository by selecting the pending changes icon from the status bar.
On the Changes view in Team Explorer, add a message describing your update and commit your changes.
Select the unpublished changes status bar icon (or select Sync from the Home view in Team Explorer). Select Push to update your code in VSTS/TFS.
Get changes from others
Sync your local repo with changes from your team as they make updates.
From the Synchronization view in Team Explorer, fetch the commits that your team has made. Double-click a commit to view its file changes.
Select Sync to merge the fetched commits into your local repo and then push any unpublished changes to VSTS.
The changes from your team are now in your local repo and visible in Visual Studio.
Frequently asked questions
- I don't see the Add to Source Control button in the status bar.
- How can I see what changes are in a commit before I pull it into my local branch?
- How do I associate my commits with work items?
- Can I use the Git command prompt with Visual Studio?
I don't see the Add to Source Control button in the status bar.
The button in the status bar was added in Visual Studio 2017 (it was Publish in Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 and later) and will only appear when you have Git as your source control provider. If your code is already in a Git repo, you won't see the Add to Source Control button in the status bar, but the status of the current branch in your local repo instead.
If you are in a previous version of Visual Studio, create a local Git repo for your project by selecting the Create new Git repository option in the New Project window when you create a new project.
You can create a local Git repo for an existing solution by right-clicking your project in the Solution Explorer and selecting Add Solution to Source Control.
How can I see what changes are in a commit before I pull it into my local branch?
To see what's changed in a commit, go to the Synchronization page in Team Explorer and right-click on the commit. Select View Commit Details. You can then right-click on any file modified by the commit and select Compare with Previous... to view the changes compared to the previous version of the file.
How do I associate my commits with work items?
You can include work items in your commits through Related Work Items in the Changes page in Team Explorer.
Work items can be included in commits by adding
#ID into the commit message. For example,
Fixing bug #23 in the reporting tools would link work item 23
to the commit. The work item is linked when the commit is pushed to VSTS.
Can I use the Git command prompt with Visual Studio?
Visual Studio's Team Explorer and the Git command line work great together. Changes to your repos made in either tool will be reflected in the other. Make sure to install the latest release of Git for Windows, which has tools to help you connect to your VSTS/TFS repos.