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I need a way to download a source code from Visual Studio Team Services, basically I need a solution zipped, just as you can download it manually when I am on VSTS site.

What I have tried:

I've been through VSTS API reference: Projects | REST API Reference for Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server[^] but unfortunately I am failing to find what I need.


1. Issue a POST and retrieve items batch that will return a list of all files from Main branch
2. Iterate through list and download files one by one

but I'd really thought there will be an option to download a zip of files in folder or in a branch.
Updated 23-Mar-17 4:13am
Member 14092117 17-Dec-18 4:55am    
can you provide the solution for "How to upload project folder to VSTS programatically" means on check in it should be reflect in VSTS repository

1 solution

I finally managed to solve this using .NET Client Libraries for VSTS

I use these 2 packages: Microsoft.TeamFoundationServer.Client and Microsoft.VisualStudio.Services.Client, they as one could guess are wrappers around the VSTS REST API functionalities.

In order to retrieve zipped folder content from TFVC I am using method:
Microsoft.TeamFoundation.SourceControl.WebApi.TfvcHttpClient.GetItemsBatchZipAsync(TfvcItemRequestData itemRequestData, Guid project)

Here is a complete code example:

using System;
using System.IO;
using Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Core.WebApi;
using Microsoft.TeamFoundation.SourceControl.WebApi;
using Microsoft.VisualStudio.Services.Common;

namespace BuildAndDeploy.GetSourceTest
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var path = "$/myproject/Main";
            var personalAccessToken = "***************************";
            var uri = new Uri("");

            var credentials = new VssBasicCredential("", personalAccessToken);

            // You can use hard coded ProjectId or there is probably some better way to not always call this, but at the moment it's fine like this
            Guid projectGuid = GetProjectId(uri, credentials);

            using (var client = new TfvcHttpClient(uri, credentials))
                var itemRequestData = Create(path);

                Stream item = client.GetItemsBatchZipAsync(itemRequestData, projectGuid).Result;

                SaveZippedContent(@"C:\Output\", item);

        private static Guid GetProjectId(Uri uri, VssBasicCredential credentials)
            using (var client = new ProjectHttpClient(uri, credentials))
                return client.GetProject("MoveDesk").Result.Id;

        private static TfvcItemRequestData Create(string folderPath)
            return new TfvcItemRequestData
                IncludeContentMetadata = true,
                IncludeLinks = true,
                ItemDescriptors =
                        new TfvcItemDescriptor
                            Path = folderPath,
                            RecursionLevel = VersionControlRecursionType.Full

        private static void SaveZippedContent(string saveToPath, Stream content)
            var buffer = new byte[1024];

                using (var output = new FileStream(saveToPath, FileMode.Create))
                    int readBytes;
                    while ((readBytes = content.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length)) > 0)
                        output.Write(buffer, 0, readBytes);
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alsamflux 16-Jan-18 12:55pm    
Getting a WebException on the read operation "The request was aborted: The request was canceled." I'm using larger buffers, and getting further.
Vihar Jadhav 4-Feb-21 9:21am    
Message=One or more errors occurred. (The SSL connection could not be established, see inner exception.)
at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.ThrowIfExceptional(Boolean includeTaskCanceledExceptions)
at System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1.GetResultCore(Boolean waitCompletionNotification)
at System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1.get_Result()
at ConsoleApp4.Program.GetProjectId(Uri uri, VssBasicCredential credentials) in \ConsoleApp4\Program.cs:line 28
at ConsoleApp4.Program.Main(String[] args) in \repos\ConsoleApp4\Program.cs:line 19

This exception was originally thrown at this call stack:
[External Code]

Inner Exception 1:
HttpRequestException: The SSL connection could not be established, see inner exception.

Inner Exception 2:
IOException: The handshake failed due to an unexpected packet format.
Vihar Jadhav 4-Feb-21 9:22am    
Throw an above error.

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