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The Azure DevOps Migration Tools allow you to bulk edit and migrate data between Team Projects on both Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Azure DevOps Services. Take a look at the documentation to find out how. This project is published as code on GitHub as well as a Azure DevOps Migration Tools on Chocolatey.

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INFO: This tool was developed to support the scenarios below, and the edge cases that have been encountered by the 30+ contributors from around the Azure DevOps community. You should be comfortable with the TFS/Azure DevOps object model, as well as debugging code in Visual Studio. Community support is available through GitHub and StackOverflow; Paid support is available through our recommended consultants as well as our contributors and many DevOps consultants around the world.

What can you do with this tool?

What versions of Azure DevOps & TFS do you support?

Typical Uses of this tool

**NOTE: If you are able to migrate your entire Collection to Azure DevOps Services you should use Azure DevOps Migration Service from Microsoft. If you have a requirement to change Process Template then you will need to do that before you move t


This is a preview version of both the documentation and the Azure DevOps Migration Tools.

Reference: A Deep Dive

External Walkthroughs and Reviews

Getting the Tools

There are two ways to get these tools:

Getting Support

  1. Question on Stackoverflow - The first place to look for unsage, configuration, and general help is on Stackoverflow.
  2. Issues on Gitbub

Processors (v1 Architecture)

There are other processors that can be used to migrate, or process, different sorts of data in different ways. Which one is right for you depends on the situation at hand.

Most of these processors need to be run in order. If you try to migrate work items before you have migrated Area and Iterations then bang you need to go back.

Processor Status Target Usage
WorkItemMigrationConfig ready Work Items Migrates either tip or history of work items with Links & Attachments based on a query with field mappings
TfsTeamSettingsProcessor preview Teams Migrates Teams and Team Settings
TfsAreaAndIterationProcessor preview Area & Iterations Migrates Nodes before run
WorkItemDelete ready Work Items Bulk delete of work items WARNING DANGEROUS
WorkItemUpdate ready Work Items Bulk update of Work Items based on a query and field mappings
TfsSharedQueryProcessor preview Shared Queries Moved Shared Queries best effort
TestVariablesMigration Beta Suites & Plans Migrates Test Variables
TestConfigurationsMigration Beta Suites & Plans Migrates Test configurations
TestPlansAndSuitesMigration Beta Suites & Plans Rebuilds Suits and plans for Test Cases migrated using the WorkItemMigration
ImportProfilePicture & ExportProfilePictureFromAD Beta Profiles Downloads corporate images and updates TFS/Azure DevOps profiles
WorkItemUpdateAreasAsTags Beta Work Items Adds tags to work items to reflect area paths on source system
TestRunsMigration Alpha Suits & Plans Migrates the history of Test Runs

Processors (v2 Architecture) [ PREVIEW ]

These are experimental processors that should replace those above. We are intersted in feedback of the new format of the config, as well as the functionality.

The new processor configuration is designed to allow the Migration Tools to support diferent Source and targets than just TFS/Azure DevOps, and we moved the Endpoints to the processor to allow both Object Model & REST in different processors.

Processor Status Target Usage
WorkItemTrackingProcessor Alpha Work Items Migrates either tip or history of work items with Links & Attachments based on a query with field mappings
TfsTeamSettingsProcessor preview Teams Migrates Teams and Team Settings
TfsSharedQueryProcessor preview Shared Queries Moved Shared Queries best effort

Field Maps

By default, when you are moving from source to target the system will map all of the fields that exist in source to the same field in the target. This is the behaviour if the FieldMaps section is not present in the configuration file.

However sometimes you want to move data to another field, or use a regex to parse out just the bits that you want. To help we have built a number of mapping tools that should give you the versatility you need.

Code (TFVC)

There are no good tools for migrating TFVC code. All of them suffer from “time-dilation” as one can’t control the dates of the Check-ins. While you can use tools like TaskTop, TFS Integration Tools, or others there is no support. We prefer to recommend that you use Git-TFS and migrate from TFVC to Git with full history and branches. If your resulting repository is too large we recommend creating a full clone of TFVC for posterity, and then create a limited branch clone with limited history for work.

Code (Git)

When moving Git repos between Projects and Accounts you are able to maintain full history. However you will need to have all of the links to

Build & Releases

When you import a build or release definition into VSTS you need to fill out some of the data to allow that new definition to be saved. Things like connections and other require fields usually don’t have matching GUIDS and need manual intervention. For builds & Releases we recommend that you use the built in Export/Import tools provided in the UI to move then to a new Team Project.

Why does this exist

The main migration tool for TFS has always been the TFS Integration Tools which is sadly no longer supported. Indeed it only loosely supported versions of TFS after 2010 and had a lot of bugs. It was very difficult to configure and run. This tool hopes to solve some of that by providing support for TFS 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).

It solves:


If you wish to contribute then feel free to fork this repository and submit a pull request. If you would like to join the team please contact.

This project is primarily managed and maintained on Visual Studio Team Services and code checked into MASTER is automatically synched between VSTS and GitHub. There is no hidden published code, but not all branches are published.

If you want to sync your GitHub repository then check out Open-source with VSTS or TFS and Github for better DevOps .

Events for the Team:

If you want to be added to the community Team then please fill out this form and request access


You can get free support from the community here and on social media on a best effort basis if folks are available. If you are looking for paid support there are a number of consultants that contribute to this project and that are experts in this type of work:

These tools are build by naked Agility Limited’s DevOps & Agility consultants to do real world migrations on a daily basis. We always work in Azure DevOps Services on with code in GitHub and publish as a chocolatey package that pulls from GitGub Releases.

Team Work Items Azure Boards
Public Issues GitHub Issues
Builds & Releases Azure Pipelines
Releases Output Github Releases
Documentation Github Pages

Watch the Video Overview to get you started in 30 minutes. This tool is complicated and its not always easy to discover what you need to do.


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