Share your code in Git using Eclipse

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Share your Eclipse project with your team in a VSTS/TFS Git repo.


  • 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.

Use Team Explorer Everywhere

Team Explorer Everywhere is an open-source Eclipse plug-in to connect Eclipse to VSTS or Team Foundation Server. If you're working with VSTS/TFS and Eclipse, use this plugin to connect to your repos, builds, and work items.

  1. Install the Team Explorer Everywhere plug-in.

  2. Add the Team Explorer Everywhere view in Eclipse. Go to Window, Show View and select Other... Search for Team Explorer, select the Team Explorer view, and select OK.

    Add the Team Explorer view to Eclipse

Connect to VSTS

  1. In the Team Explorer Everywhere view, select Connect to VSTS or a Team Foundation Server .

    Select Connect to Team Foundation Server to connect your TFS or VSTS account

  2. If you know your VSTS or Team Foundation Server account URL, select the Servers... button under Connect to a Team Foundation Server or VSTS account to add your TFS server or account to the drop-down list. If you don't know your account information for VSTS, select Browse Visual Studio Services and select Next.

    Add Existing Project Dialog

    Either choice will prompt for your credentials before continuing further.

  3. Select the project where you will share your code from the Project Selection dialog and select Finish.

Create a local Git repo for your Eclipse project

Before you can push your project to VSTS, you need to add it to a local Git repo.


If your code is already in a local Git repo, you can skip this step.

  1. Right-click your project name in Project Explorer and select Team, Share Project... Select Git and select Next.

  2. Select Create... from the Configure Git Repository window and choose a folder for your local Git repo. Select Finish.

    Create a local Git repo in Eclipse

  3. Right-click your project in Project Explorer and select Team, Commit.... Stage your changes by dragging your files to the Staged Changes field, enter a commit message, then select Commit.

    Commit your code with Git in Eclipse

Push your project to your VSTS/TFS repo

  1. In Team Explorer Everywhere, select Git Repositories, then right-click the empty repo you want to push your Eclipse project to and select Copy Clone URL. If you don't have an empty Git repo created in VSTS/TFS yet, you can create one using these instructions.

    Copy the Git repo clone URL in Team Explorer Everywhere with a right-click

  2. In Package Explorer, right-click your project and Select Team, Push Branch ... . Paste the clone URL from the clipboard into the URI field and select Next. Make sure Configure upstream for push and pull is selected in the next window and select Next.

    Push your code to VSTS using the Clone URL from the web

  3. Review the changes and select Finish in the Push Branch window.

Your project code is now your VSTS Git repo.


What if the Git views for commit and push don't show up?

You can download EGit to use Git with Eclipse.

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