Change the project visibility, public or private

VSTS Public Projects

You can easily switch a private project to a public project, and vice-versa. Before you do so, review the notes provided in Private-to-public migration checklist.

Tip

Look through our migration checklist before you make an existing project public. It has tips and ideas for exposing a limited set of data, in case you don't want your entire history available.

Prerequisites

Enable anonymous access to projects for your organization

Before you can change a private project, to a public project, you must enable anonymous access for your organization.

Note

Choose Previous navigation when you see a top-level, blue-bar. If you see a vertical sidebar or if you enabled New Navigation, choose New navigation. The vertical sidebar along with other navigational changes are enabled when the New Navigation preview feature is enabled for the signed-in user or the VSTS account. For more information on New Navigation, see this blog post.

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

  2. Choose the VSTS icon 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

Make a private project public

  1. Choose Project Settings in the sidebar.

    Open project settings

  2. Choose Overview, and then Edit for Privacy.

    Organization settings, Policy page, Security policies

  3. To switch from private to public, choose the Public icon.

    Open organizational hub

  4. Review the information provided, and choose Change to confirm your action.

    Open organizational hub

Make a public project private

  1. Choose Project Settings in the sidebar.

    Open project settings

  2. Choose Overview page, and then Edit for Privacy.

    Organization settings, Policy page, Security policies

  3. To switch from public to private, choose the Private icon.

    Open organizational hub

  4. Choose Change to confirm your action.

    Open organizational hub

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