TFS Powershell Module

February 2, 2018

A couple of months ago I started to write a Powershell Module to use the TFS Rest API from Powershell scripts. You can find and download it from GitHub.

I personally use it for builds, releases and for integration/automation tools. The module helps me to create a much cleaner, shorter and easier scripts to interact with TFS/VSTS. Most of the functions works for TFS 2015.3 and above (including VSTS) but there are a couple of functions (lock git branch for example) that were introduced in later versions.

The module is strongly documented and each function has a detailed explanation about how to use it (the module should be able to be used also by people who are not familiar with Powershell). For example:


# Get BuildInfo from BuildId
function Get-BuildInfo
        Get a build information from a specific build

        Get a build information from the specified build using the TFS Rest API version 2.0

        .PARAMETER BuildId
        The build Id
        Example: 373

        .PARAMETER CollectionUrl
		Team Foundation Server Collection Url
		Example: "http://tfsserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection"

        .PARAMETER TeamProject
        Team Project Name
        Example: MyProject

        .PARAMETER Credentials
        Domain, username and password to access to TFS
        Example: "domain\leonj:MyP@ssw0rd"

        Get-BuildInfo -BuildId "373" -CollectionUrl "http://tfsserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection" -TeamProject "MyProject" -Credentials "domain\leonj:MyP@ssw0rd"
        Returns the BuildInfo for the specified build (as object)


        $apiVersion = "2.0"
		$base64AuthInfo = [Convert]::ToBase64String([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetBytes(("{0}" -f $Credentials)))
        $requestUrl = "$CollectionUrl/$TeamProject/_apis/build/builds/$BuildId" + "?api-version=$apiVersion"
		$response = Invoke-WebRequest -Headers @{Authorization=("Basic {0}" -f $base64AuthInfo)} -ContentType application/json -Uri $requestUrl -Method GET -UseBasicParsing
		$buildInfo = $response | ConvertFrom-Json
		return $buildInfo

        Write-Host "Failed to get the BuildInfo for build {$BuildId}, Exception: $_" -ForegroundColor Red
		return $null


All the documentation about how to use the module is on GitHub but if there is something that is not clear, I’ll be happy to help. There is still a lot of work to be done but I think it can be useful for now. In case you need a function that isn’t implemented in the module and you need help to write it, please open a issue in GitHub and I will be glad to help you. And if you write a new function please create a pull request to share it with us and add it to the module 馃檪


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