In today’s Ask the Admin, I will show you how to add support for folder management in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).
For those of you that have been following my Infrastructure-as-Code articles, including What Is Visual Studio Team Services? and Deploy an Azure Application Using Visual Studio Team Services on Petri, here is a tip to help you manage files. If you have uploaded files to a project, you might have noticed that it is not possible to upload or create folders. You can clone, check out a repository to your PC, create a folder, make any necessary changes, and then commit it back to VSTS but that is a bit of a pain.
Git is the default version control used for new projects in VSTS. Git does not retain empty folders without files, so there is not an option to create new folders by default in VSTS. There is a handy add-on that adds this functionality.
The first step is to install the Folder Management add-on from the Visual Studio Marketplace.
Note that if you do not have administrative permissions to VSTS, you will have to wait for an administrator to approve the install request.
Let’s create a new folder in a VSTS repository:
If you click the folder in the left pane, you will notice on the right that the folder already contains a file. Once you add files to your new folder, you can safely remove the placeholder file.
In this article, I showed you how to create new folders in VSTS.