What is Azure Artifacts?

Azure DevOps Services | Azure DevOps Server 2020 | Azure DevOps Server 2019 | TFS 2018 - TFS 2017

With Azure Artifacts you can create and share Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources with teams of any size. You can add fully integrated package management to your continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines with a single click.

Azure Artifacts is an extension to Azure DevOps Services and Azure DevOps Server. It comes pre-installed in Azure DevOps Services, Azure DevOps Server 2019, and 2020 and TFS 2017 and 2018.


Azure Artifacts is the new home of the Packages page under the Build and release page group in the previous navigation UX of Azure DevOps Services and TFS.

Azure Artifacts overview

Azure Artifacts introduces the concept of multiple feeds that you can use to organize and control access to your packages. If you're familiar with using packages from NuGet.org or npmjs, you can think of those places each as a single feed.

A note on terminology: you might also have heard feeds called package repositories or package sources, especially if you're an npm or Maven user.

Get started with using Azure Artifacts

Get up and running with NuGet, npm, and Maven in Azure DevOps Services and TFS in just a few minutes with the NuGet quickstart, npm quickstart, and Maven quickstart.

If you haven't used packages before, see the conceptual introduction. When you're ready to get started, learn how to assign Azure Artifacts licenses in your organization.

You can control the amount of packages you retain using Retention Policies in your feed settings. For more information see automatically deleting old packages

Versions and compatibility

Some Azure Artifacts services are compatible with only specific versions of TFS. Check out the following table to see compatibility.

Feature Azure DevOps Services TFS
NuGet Yes TFS 2017 and newer
npm Yes TFS 2017 Update 1 and newer
NuGet.org upstream source Yes TFS 2018 Update 2 and newer
Maven Yes TFS 2018 and newer
Maven Central upstream source Yes Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 and newer, Azure DevOps Server 2020
Python Yes Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 and newer, Azure DevOps Server 2020
Universal Packages Yes No

Other package types

Need to host other package types (Docker, CocoaPods, and so on)? Use the Suggest a feature link in Visual Studio Developer Community.