Install and license Package Management

VSTS | TFS 2018 | TFS 2017

Package Management is an extension to VSTS and TFS. This means you'll need the Package Management extension installed in your account and have Package Management assigned to you in order to view, upload, and download packages.

Install Package Management in VSTS

Package Management is an extension that must be installed from the Marketplace.

Install Package Management extension

  1. Go to the Marketplace page for Package Management

  2. Select Get

    Package Management extension for VSTS in Visual Studio Marketplace

  3. Select your account into which the Package Management extension should be installed

  4. Each account gets five (5) free licenses. If you need more than 5 licenses, click Buy and purchase the additional licenses you need. If you aren't sure you can click Start 30 day free trial and every user in your account will be granted access to Package Management for 30 days. After the 30-day trial period your account will revert back to five (5) entitled users and you must assign licenses to individual users. If you need additional licenses at this point, you may purchase them from this same dialog in the Marketplace.

  5. After the install is completed, select Proceed to the account. Then, go to any project and select the Packages hub in the Build & Release hub group

Install Package Management in TFS

Package Management is installed by default for TFS 2017 customers. You must upgrade to TFS 2017 in order to use Package Management.

Assign Package Management in VSTS

If you selected Start 30 day free trial and are still in the trial period, every user is granted access and licenses do not need to be assigned until the trial period has ended.

If you selected Buy or Get it free, you will need to assign your licenses by following the instructions below:

  1. Go to your account, select the Users hub, and select Package Management.
  2. Select Assign, type the users you want to assign licenses to, then select Ok.

    If you have a Visual Studio Enterprise license, you already have access to Package Management and don't need to be assigned a license, just ensure that you've been assigned the "Visual Studio Enterprise" access level.

Assign licenses in TFS

  1. From any collection in TFS, hover over the settings menu and select the Users hub. Then select Package Management.

    Users hub in TFS

  2. Select Assign, type the user(s) you want to assign licenses, then select Ok.

Q: How do I know if I'll still be able to use Package Management after my trial expires?

A: All users who show up under the Package Management section of the Users hub will have access to Package Management after the trial expires. You'll need either a Package Management license or Visual Studio Enterprise subscription to show up in this list.

Q: I am one of my account's 5 free Basic users. Does that mean I can use Package Management as well?

A: Your account's 5 free Basic users are separate from your 5 free Package Management users. The free Package Management licenses must be bought from the Marketplace and assigned in the Package Management section of the Users hub.

Q: I have a Visual Studio Professional subscription. Can I use Package Management for free?

A: Unfortunately not. Only Visual Studio Enterprise subscriptions include Package Management.