Code with Git


After you create a new account and team project in VSTS, you can begin sharing your code with others.

To work with a Git repo, you clone it to your computer. Cloning a repo creates a complete local copy of the repo for you to work with, and downloads all commits and branches in the repo and sets up a named relationship with the repo on the server. Use this relationship to interact with the existing repo, pushing and pulling changes to share code with your team.

Install Git command line tools

  1. Install one of the following Git command line tools:

Clone the repo to your computer

  1. From your web browser, open the team project for your VSTS account and click the Code hub. If you don't have a team project, create one now.

  2. Select Clone in the upper-right corner of the Code window and copy the Clone URL.

    Retrieve the clone URL

  3. Open the Git command window (Git Bash on Git for Windows), navigate to the folder where you want the code from the repo stored on your computer, and run git clone followed by the path copied from the Clone URL in the previous step, as shown in the following example.

    git clone

    Git downloads a copy of the code, including all commits and branches from the repo, into a new folder for you to work with.

    Keep this command window open, as you'll use it in the following steps.

Work with the code

In this step, we'll make a change to the files on your computer, commit the changes locally, push the commit up to the repo that is stored on the server, and view the changes there.

  1. Browse to the folder on your computer where you cloned the repo, open the file in your editor of choice, make some changes, and save and close the file.

  2. In the Git command window, navigate to the contoso-demo directory by entering the following command:

    cd contoso-demo
  3. Commit your changes by entering the following command in the Git command window:

    git commit -a -m "My first commit"

    When using git commit, -a means to commit all changed files, and -m specifies a commit message.

  4. Push your changes up to the Git repo on the server by entering the following command into the Git command window:

    git push
  5. Switch back to the web portal and select History from the Code view to view your new commit. The new repo has two commits: the first commit where the README and .gitignore were added when the repo was created, and the commit you just made.

    View commit history

  6. Switch to the Files tab and click on the README file to view your changes.

    View changed file

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