Set up Visual Studio with VSTS


When you first launch Visual Studio 2015, you can sign in and connect to VSTS.

If you have already gone through Visual Studio sign in, or you are using Visual Studio 2017, then learn how to connect to your VSTS from the Team Explorer window.

Once connected, you can store or share code in free, unlimited, private, cloud-based Git repositories or Team Foundation version control. Organize and manage your work using Agile tools for DevOps, continuous integration, and continuous delivery so your team can build often, test early, and ship faster.

To set up Visual Studio without VSTS, learn how to get started here. To host your own server, learn how to install and set up Team Foundation Server.

VSTS is free for up to 5 users with access to Basic features and for unlimited Visual Studio subscribers and Stakeholders who can access limited features. Learn what else you get with VSTS. If you want, you can also use VSTS with any IDE or code editor, like:

How do I set up Visual Studio 2015 for VSTS during sign in?

  1. Download and install Visual Studio, if you don't have the version you want already. Which versions can I use with VSTS?

    If you have a Visual Studio subscription that includes the Visual Studio IDE, get the version that's available with your subscription.

  2. Start Visual Studio, then sign in to create your profile.

    This profile saves your settings and roams with you when you sign in to Visual Studio on any computer. Why else should I sign in? If you're a Visual Studio subscriber, use the sign-in address for your subscription.

    Sign in to Visual Studio

    Can't sign in?

  3. Enter your sign-in address, then enter your password.

  4. Add your Visual Studio profile details. You only have to do this once.

    Create your profile

  5. Give your VSTS account a name, and confirm its location.

    Name your account, confirm its location

    How can I create a VSTS account later or change its location?

  6. Create your first team project to store your code, work items, backlog, builds, tests, and other assets. Name your team project, select a process to organize your work, and choose the version control to manage your code.

    Create your team project

    Not sure which to choose? Learn which process and version control (Git or Team Foundation Version Control) work best for you.

  7. If you're a new Visual Studio user, you can change your settings here, or change them later in Visual Studio options.

    Change settings, if you want

    These changes are saved with your profile, and your settings roam with you wherever you sign in.

  8. To view your new VSTS account, sign in to https://{youraccount}

    Having browser problems with VSTS?