Downloads

About Downloads
Download a Release
Trouble with Downloading
Rate and Review a Release
Create a Release
Creating ClickOnce Releases
Edit a Release
Add/Remove Files from a Release
Comments on Release Change Log
Remove Changeset
Undo Another User's Pending Changeset
Continuous Integration

About Downloads

A download is the compiled source code that you can install on your desktop computer, server, or device. Depending upon the project, a release might consist of built binaries, such as dynamic link libraries (dlls) and executable files, configuration files, Web pages, or other program resource files.

For mature projects, there may be many releases to choose from. To determine which of these releases you should download and install, consult the project documentation, readme files (usually provided with every release), or ask a project team member via the People tab.

Download a Release

The following instructions describe how to download project binaries and resource files. Because the installation steps for every project is different, consult the documentation, read-me files (usually provided with every release), or ask a Developer on the project for detailed, project-specific installation and configuration instructions.
To download a release:
  1. Click the project’s Downloads tab.
  2. If the release you want to edit is not displayed, look in the Released list, the Planned list, or the Hidden list in the Other Downloads box.
  3. Select the release you want to download.
  4. Click I agree at the bottom of the license agreement to begin downloading the release, and then select Save to save it to your computer.

Trouble with Downloading

If you are using a download manager or download accelerator, try disabling the manager or accelerator. Then try your download again. If the problem persists please contact us using the contact us form.

Rate and Review a Release

  • You must be registered and signed in to rate and review a release
  • Visit the Downloads tab and choose the release you would like to rate
  • Scroll down to the Reviews for this release section or click the link next to the current star ratings that says the number of "Reviews" to link down
  • Click on the button that says Review this release
  • In the lightbox that pops up, mouse over the white stars until you see the correct number of blue stars for your rating -- one star is the worst rating, five is the best
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  1. If you would like, you can add your review of the release in the text box below -- this is not required
Note: Project members cannot rate their own project.

Create a Release

  • To create a release, you must be signed on to CodePlex and be a member of the project.
To create a release:
1. From the project’s Home page, click the Downloads tab.
2. From the Release page, click Create New Release.
3. Type a new release Name in the name text box (must be unique).
4. If the release is a ClickOnce release go to Creating ClickOnce Releases.
5. In the Compose textbox, provide a description of the release, including any important notes.
6. From Available Downloads section, do the following for each file you want to upload:
  • In the Name text box, type a "friendly name" for the file.
  • From the Type list, select a file type for the file.
  • In the Location text box, either type the local path and name of the file you want to upload, or click the Browse button to browse to the file you want to upload.
  • Click Add Additional Files to add more than one file.
7. Select a Development Status of the release. Your choices are:
  • Planning—a release that’s scheduled for the future.
  • Alpha—the first feature-complete build of the software that is ready for testing. Some developers may also use the term “Alpha” for software with limited functionality.
  • Beta—a feature-complete build of the software that has passed system and regression testing.
  • Stable—the final release to be delivered to the end users.
8. Using the calendar on the Create Release page, select the date of the release
  • The release date can be any date, past or future.
  • This is not an option for releases that have a development status of planned
9. Select if this release should be public or not.
10. Select if this is a recommended release.
  • This is not an option for releases that have a development status of planned.
  • There can be multiple recommended releases.
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11. Click Save to create the release.

Note: When multiple default releases are active, and a user visits the Downloads page, they are shown a listing of the recommended releases. This view will allow them to see high-level information regarding each release and quickly download file’s associated with a particular release. The most recently created project will show first.

Edit a Release

  • To edit a release, you must be signed on to CodePlex and be a member of the project.
To edit a release
1. From the project’s Home page, click the Downloads tab.
2. If the release you want to edit is not displayed, look in the Released list, the Planned list, or the Hidden list in the Other Downloads box.
3. From the release details page, click Edit.
4. From the Edit release page, you can do the following:
  • Select a new release date from the calendar
  • Type a new release Name (must be unique)
  • Select a Development status
  • Add, remove, or replace files (refer to Add/Remove Files from a Release directly below for more details).
  • Edit the release Description
5. Once you are satisfied with your changes, click Save.

Add/Remove Files from a Release

  • To add/remove files to a release, you must be signed on to CodePlex and be a member of the project.
To add/remove files from a release
1. From the project’s Home page, click the Downloads tab.
2. If the release you want to edit is not displayed, look in the Released list, the Planned list, or the Hidden list in the Other Downloads box.
3. From the release details page, click Edit.
4. Go down to Available Downloads.
  • For each file you want to add to the release, perform the following:
    • Type a Name (a friendly name used as the link for downloading the file).
    • Select a Type
    • Type the local path to the file or use the Browse button to locate the file.
    • Click Add Additional Files to add more than one file.
    • Select Mark as Recommended if this is your recommended file (there can only be one recommended file at a time).
  • For each file you want to remove from the release, perform the following:
    • Next to the file you wish to delete select one of the two choices, deleting or replacing the file. Replacing the file will retain the download count deleting will not.
5. Click Save to add the files to the release.

Note: There is currently a maximum file size limit of 200mb. Files larger than this will throw an error if you try to upload them.

Comments on Release Change Log

You can't add comments to the change log, but you can edit the description if you're a Coordinator or Developer on the project.

Remove Changeset

Unfortunately, Team Foundation Server does not support deleting a changeset. However we can do one of the following:
  • We can delete a file from all changesets if it contains personal identifiable information or security information.
  • We can delete the entire project (including Wiki pages, Releases, Discussions, etc) and then you can recreate the project so it has no changeset history at all.

If you would like us to take either of these actions then you can submit a request using our Contact Us form.

Undo Another User's Changeset

This can only be done by using the TF.exe command line client. See Source Control Clients for more information on the TF.exe command line client.

Here is a link with instructions on how to undo a checkout of another user: Undoing a checkout that belongs to another user

Continuous Integration

Last edited Nov 19, 2012 at 11:26 PM by matthaw, version 1