Using Team Foundation Version Control with Command Line

When creating a new project in Visual Studio, there are two options for version control:  Git, which is distributed version control, and Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC), which is centralized version control. Personally, I am a Git advocate, but my team selects TFVC as the version control tool. Generally, I prefer using Visual Studio Code to write code rather than Visual Studio. Therefore, I have to learn how to use the TFVC commands, for VS Code does not feature TFVC.

Creating Projects with Team Foundation Version Control

Visual Studio Team Services are free for a small team. Use your Microsoft account to login.

Create a new test project.

Team foundation version control

The default version control option is Git. Change it to Team Foundation Version Control.

TFVC Command Operation

Once a project is created online, how to download it as git clone?

Run the command:

tf workspace /new /collection:https://{ youraccount }

A configuration window pops up.

tf create

Select a repository and click OK. Then you will get all files to the local system.

Try to create a new index.htm file and add it to team foundation.

tf add index.htm

Check the status:

tf stat

Check in the file:

tf checkin

tf checkin

Visit https://{youraccount} and you will see the file.

tfvc code online

Personal Access Token

Visit https://{youraccount} to generate a personal access token.

Workspace setting

Press F1 to navigate to workspace settings. Add your account URL and the project name.

  "team.remoteUrl": "https://{youraccount}",
  "team.teamProject": "{projectname}"


Select signin and paste your personal access token.

tfvc token

Now you can see project status in the status bar.

vscode status bar