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Consuming the SDK


  • The SDK requires PowerShell 3 or higher.
  • The SDK is designed for use with PowerShell.exe (Console Host).
  • A TFS 2015 Update 2 Windows agent (or higher) is required to run a PowerShell3 task end-to-end. However, an agent is not required for interactively testing the task.

Where to get it

Save-Module -Name VstsTaskSdk -Path .\

or install a specific version:

Save-Module -Name VstsTaskSdk -Path .\ -RequiredVersion 0.7.0

Using the Save-Module Cmdlet creates a Folder structure like this


you need to manually adjust it to resemble the structure shown in the Package the SDK with the task section. That means you need to move the content of the version Folder one directory up.

task.json modifications

Use the PowerShell3 execution handler and set the target to the entry PS1 script. The entry PS1 script should be located in the root of the task folder.

    "execution": {
        "PowerShell3": {
            "target": "MyTask.ps1"

Package the SDK with the task

The SDK should be packaged with the task in a ps_modules folder. The ps_modules folder should be at the same level as the entry PS1 script.

Example layout: Consider the following layout where MyTask is the root folder for the task.

|   MyTask.ps1
│   task.json