Setting up Azure DevOps for Git Version Control


How to set up Azure DevOps for Git Version Control?


Define Project

  1. Login to or sign up
  2. Click “New Project”​​​ to create a new project. Set the visibility to Private (if needed)
  3. You will have a project tile as below

Set up File Repo

  • Go to a project’s page and navigate to “Repos/Files” section
  • The Repo could be used to store any file. Including VS projects, SSMS project, Power BI files or any other file. 
    • If you are starting a blank project (e.g. a new project in VS), click on “Clone in VS code” and continue the set up in VS
    • If you want to add an existing folder containing an existing project (in VS or else) or any file, follow these steps:
  • Copy the clone address from DevOps
  • Run the command “git clone <clone_address>
  • Now copy your existing files (it doesn’t matter what they are) to C:\Test\
  • Open Git GUI
  • Select “Open Existing Repo” and select “C:\Test”
  • Type a commit message and press “Commit” 
  • Click Push. Select the desired branch and then “Push” again
  • If the Push is successful, refresh Azure Devop’s webpage in Repos/Files and you will see the files there
  • You can use Git GUI to manage your project’s version control.

Version Control through VS

If you are working on a VS solution and need to do the version control, do the following

  • Connect to the Git Repo by going to Team Explorer/Connect. You need cloning url to be able to connect
  • Click on the drop down at the top of Team Explorer
  • Now you can:
    1. ​Commit changes (Changes option)
    2. Create/switch branches (Branches option)
    3. Sync/Push/Pull (Sync option)