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git-tfs is a two-way bridge between TFS (Team Foundation Server) and git, similar to git-svn. It fetches TFS commits into a git repository, and lets you push your updates back to TFS.

git-tfs version. See the change history for details and download.

If you're having problems, check out the troubleshooting page. And read how to report an issue, before doing so ;)

Get git-tfs

To get a stable version:

To get a development version

  • Build from source code. See §Building for more informations...
  • Download a package of the development version generated by the last builds (in the artifacts section).

Whatever the way you get git-tfs, you should have git-tfs.exe in your path (and git, too).

Add the git-tfs folder path to your PATH. You could also set it temporary (the time of your current terminal session) using :

set PATH=%PATH%;%cd%\GitTfs\bin\Debug

Use git-tfs

You need .NET 4 and either the 2010, 2012 or 2013 version of Team Explorer installed (or Visual Studio).


#lists the available commands
git tfs help

#shows a summary of the usage of a given command
git tfs help <command>


# [optional] find a tfs repository path to clone :
git tfs list-remote-branches http://tfs:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection

# clone the whole repository (wait for a while...) :
git tfs clone http://tfs:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection $/some_project

# or, if you're impatient (and want to work from the last changeset) :
git tfs quick-clone http://tfs:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection $/some_project

# or, if you're impatient (and want a specific changeset) :
git tfs quick-clone http://tfs:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection $/some_project -c=145

Note: Before cloning your repository, please have a look at the clone command doc or advanced use cases to discover options that could help you!


cd some_project
git log # shows your TFS history, unless you did quick-clone
tf history # error: no workspace ;)

# [do work, do work, just using git], then...
# gets latest from TFS to the branch tfs/default :
git tfs fetch


# report all the commits on TFS :
git tfs rcheckin

# or commit using the tfs checkin window
git tfs checkintool

# or commit with a message
git tfs checkin -m "Did stuff"

# or shelve your changes :
git tfs shelve MY_AWESOME_CHANGES

git-tfs is designed to work outside of any existing TFS workspaces.

More advanced use cases

Have a look to more detailed git-tfs use cases:

Available commands / options

This is the complete list of commands in the master branch on github.

Repository setup

  • list-remote-branches: list tfs branches that can be cloned or initialized - since 0.17
  • clone: clone a tfs path/branch and its history in a git repository - since 0.9
  • quick-clone: clone a specific changeset of a tfs path/branch in a git repository - since 0.9
  • bootstrap: bootstrap an existing git-tfs repository cloned from an existing repository - since 0.11
  • init: initialize a git-tfs repository (without getting changesets) - since 0.9

Pull from TFS

  • clone: clone a tfs path/branch and its history in a git repository - since 0.9
  • fetch: get changesets from tfs and update the tfs remote - since 0.9
  • pull: get changesets from tfs, update the tfs remote and update your work - since 0.9
  • quick-clone: clone a specific changeset (without history) of a tfs path/branch in a git repository - since 0.9
  • unshelve: fetch a tfs shelvesets in your repository - since 0.11
  • shelve-list: list tfs shelvesets - since 0.12
  • labels: fetch tfs labels - since 0.17

Push to TFS

  • rcheckin: replicate your git commits as tfs changesets - since 0.12
  • checkin: checkin your git commits as one tfs changeset - since 0.10
  • checkintool: checkin in tfs using the tfs checkin dialog - since 0.10
  • shelve: create a shelveset from git commits - since 0.9
  • shelve-delete: delete a shelveset on tfs - since 0.25

Manage TFS branches


  • info: get some informations about git-tfs and tfs

  • cleanup: clean some git-tfs internal objects - since 0.10

  • cleanup-workspaces: clean tfs workspaces created by git-tfs - since 0.10

  • help: get help on git-tfs commands - since 0.9

  • verify: verify the changesets fetched - since 0.11

  • autotag option - since 0.12

  • subtree: manage sparse tfs pathes with git-tfs - since 0.19

  • reset-remote: reset a tfs remote to a previous changeset to fetch again its history - since 0.19

  • checkout: checkout a commit by a changeset id - since 0.21

  • diagnostics (for git-tfs developers only) - since 0.9

  • config file


Continuous Integration Status

AppVeyor build status ( Great thanks to AppVeyor! )


  • MSBuild (included in .NET 4)

And depending of the version of TFS you use :

Get the source code and build

#get the source code
git clone git://github.com/git-tfs/git-tfs.git
cd git-tfs\src

#building with Cake (in a powershell console). It will also run the unit tests ;)

#help on the different targets
.\build.ps1 -Target "Help"

Note: if the build fails because you don't have all the Visual Studio SDK, just unload in Visual Studio all the projects you are not interested in to be able to build and use your own version. You could also install, the Team Foundation Server Object Model for Tfs 2010 (chocolatey), Tfs 2012 (chocolatey) and Tfs 2013 (chocolatey).


Contributions are always welcome. Thanks to all our contributors!

Please, read our short and simple guidelines and our doc on how to use paket, the package manager we use.

Especially, don't forget:

  • to run the build task .\build.ps1 -Target "FormatCode" before committing (to keep code formatting consistent, and pull request easier to review)
  • to set core.autocrlf to true (git config core.autocrlf true)
  • to indent your code using 4 spaces (even if .editorconfig should take care of that).


If you're migrating a TFS server from 2008 or 2005 to 2010, you might want to Specify Alternate TFS URLs.

If you have questions or suggestions about how we could improve git-tfs you could go to google group.

Example of setting up central git repository that tracks TFS automatically.


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