Shelvesets command (Team Foundation Version Control)

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The Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) shelvesets command displays information about a set of shelved changes.


To use the shelvesets command, you must have the Read permission and the Check out permission set to Allow for the items in the shelvesets. For more information, see Default TFVC permissions.


tf shelvesets [/owner:ownername] [/format:(brief|detailed)] [/collection:TeamProjectCollectionUrl]] [/login:username,[password]] shelvesetname



Argument Description
<ownername> Provides a value such as * or DOMAIN\username to the /owner option.
<shelvesetname> The name of the shelveset.
<TeamProjectCollectionUrl> The URL of the project collection that contains a set of shelved changes about which you want to display information, for example http://myserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection.
<username> Provides a value to the /login option. You can specify a user name value as either DOMAIN\username or username.


Option Description
/owner Specifies one or more shelveset owners. You can use wildcard characters.
/format Specifies what kind of format to display shelveset information in.

Brief displays the shelveset name, the name of the user who created it, and a shelveset comment, if one exists. Detailed displays the shelveset name, owner, and comment in addition to a list of associated work items and any check-in notes. Brief is the default value.
/collection Specifies the project collection.
/login Specifies the user name and password to authenticate the user with Azure DevOps.


Shelvesets are created by the Shelve command. Shelvesets are stored on the Azure DevOps server and can be retrieved into a workspace by any user who has sufficient permissions by using the Unshelve command.

Unlike a changeset, a shelveset is a non-versioned entity. If you or another user unshelve the items in a shelveset, edit several files, and reshelve the shelveset, TFVC doesn't create a new version of the items for future comparison. TFVC maintains no record of who revised the items, when, or how. For more information about deciding whether to shelve or check in a set of pending changes, and a general overview of shelving, see Work with shelvesets.

For detailed information about the individual source file revisions in a particular shelveset, you can use the Status command with the /shelveset option.

You can compare a shelved revision to its base shelveset version without unshelving the item into your workspace. You can use this feature to conduct a quick peer code review.

For more information on how to use the tf command-line utility, see Use Team Foundation version control commands.


The following example displays information about the BuddyTest_23 shelveset for the Azure DevOps server to which the current directory maps:

c:\projects>tf shelvesets BuddyTest_23

The following example lists the shelvesets owned by Pat:

c:\projects>tf shelvesets /owner:Pat

The following example displays information about all the shelvesets on the Azure DevOps server to which the current directory maps:

c:\projects>tf shelvesets /owner:*