Get started with Azure DevOps CLI

Azure DevOps Services

With the Azure DevOps extension for Azure Command Line Interface (CLI), you can manage many Azure DevOps Services from the command line. CLI commands enable you to streamline your tasks with faster and flexible interactive canvas, bypassing user interface workflows.


The Azure DevOps Command Line Interface (CLI) is only available for use with Azure DevOps Services. The Azure DevOps extension for the Azure CLI does not support any version of Azure DevOps Server.

To start using the Azure DevOps extension for Azure CLI, perform the following steps:

  1. Install Azure CLI: Follow the instructions provided in Install the Azure CLI to set up your Azure CLI environment. At a minimum, your Azure CLI version must be 2.10.1. You can use az --version to validate.

  2. Add the Azure DevOps extension:

     az extension add --name azure-devops

    You can use az extension list or az extension show --name azure-devops to confirm the installation.

  3. Sign in: Run az login to sign in. Note that we support only interactive or log in using user name and password with az login. To sign in using a Personal Access Token (PAT), see Sign in via Azure DevOps Personal Access Token (PAT).

  4. Configure defaults: We recommend you set the default configuration for your organization and project. Otherwise, you can set these within the individual commands themselves.

     az devops configure --defaults organization= project=ContosoWebApp

Command usage

Adding the Azure DevOps Extension adds devops, pipelines, artifacts, boards, and repos groups. For usage and help content for any command, enter the -h parameter, for example:

az devops -h
    az devops : Manage Azure DevOps organization level operations.
        Related Groups
        az pipelines: Manage Azure Pipelines
        az boards: Manage Azure Boards
        az repos: Manage Azure Repos
        az artifacts: Manage Azure Artifacts.
    admin            : Manage administration operations.
    extension        : Manage extensions.
    project          : Manage team projects.
    security         : Manage security related operations.
    service-endpoint : Manage service endpoints/service connections.
    team             : Manage teams.
    user             : Manage users.
    wiki             : Manage wikis.

    configure        : Configure the Azure DevOps CLI or view your configuration.
    feedback         : Displays information on how to provide feedback to the Azure DevOps CLI team.
    invoke           : This command will invoke request for any DevOps area and resource. Please use
                       only json output as the response of this command is not fixed. Helpful docs -
    login            : Set the credential (PAT) to use for a particular organization.
    logout           : Clear the credential for all or a particular organization.

Open items in browser

You can use --open switch to open any artifact in Azure DevOps portal in your default browser.

For example :

az pipelines build show --id 1 --open

This command shows the details of build with id 1 on the command-line and also opens it in the default browser.