Azure DevOps – How to do a fully automated release (Part 1)

I managed to get an automated build of some new code tonight and I ran into some issues which I have now resolved, so here are the steps to create a fully automated build and release of a brand new .net core web app using Visual Studio and Azure DevOps.

Part 1 will cover creating a manual build

  • Create a DevOps Organization
  • Create a brand new .Net Core Web App in Visual Studio( File, New Project, .Net Core, Asp.Net Core Application)
  • Call it anything you like I called my BlogPostDemo
  • Choose Web Application (Model-View-Controller)
  • Click ok
  • Make sure you have the following VS Extension installed – GitHub Extension for Visual Studio
  • Then do File -> Add to Source Control
  • From Team Explorer select Sync
  • Then where it says Push To Azure DevOps -> Click Publish to Git Repo
  • Make sure your Azure DevOps Organisation is selected and give the Repository a name e.g. (BlogPostDemo)
  • Click Publish
  • You should now be able to see this if you click on Repos within Azure Devops


Ok so now we have the code in place, let’s do a build and make sure the code builds within the repo in Azure DevOps. To create a release I did the following:-

  • Click on Pipelines and then Builds
  • Click new Pipeline
  • Be careful here, I selected to use the visual designer which you can see here:-

  • Then I left the default choices (Azure Repos Git, BlogPostDemo, BlogPostDemo, master branch), click Continue
  • Then I add a ASP.NET Core Template (this gives you Restore, Build, Test, Publish, Publish Artifact steps for you)
  • Click Save and Queue

It’s important to note that at this stage the build is going to be a manual build, we will come back to it and make it an automated build (and release) later on.

Part 2 will cover doing a manual Release and in Part 3 we will make the whole thing automated.