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ON THIS PAGE we will show you how to build a Visual Studio Team Services Java project from a Git repository (repo) using Maven.


  • You have read the Create a Git Repo page and performed the steps on that page to create a Team Services project and Git repository for the DeepSpace sample code.

Build a Web Application

Throughout all of the pages in this walkthrough, we will consistently use some sample code written in Java and AngularJS. The project is called DeepSpace. All of our instructions in the walkthrough pages and screenshots will assume you are using this same sample code, but would also apply if you had your own code (with names changed appropriately).

Following the instructions below, you will build a Java project (create a WAR file) using Maven. We will lead you through the steps to: 1) Create a new build step using Maven; 2) Configure the Maven build options; 3) Set up continuous integration for the project; and 4) Queue your first build of the project.

Create a Maven build definition

From within your Team Services project, click on the Build menu option at the top left of the Team Services webpage. If this is your first build definition, you will see an option in the Definitions pane to Add build step.

If you already have at least one build definition in your project, you can create a new empty definition by clicking on the green + sign in the left build pane (appears above the build definitions list). Once you click, you should see the Definition Templates window. In that window, select the Empty option (at the bottom of the list) and then press OK. Then click Add build step as described above.

Using one of the above methods, add a new build step by clicking Add build step under the "Definitions" window. The Add Tasks window will appear. Within this window, select Maven (Build with Apache Maven), click the Add button associated with Maven, and then press Close (as shown in the image below).

Configure the Maven build

Once you have created the new build definition including the single build step for Maven, you need to configure the Maven options. Click on the ... button beside the Maven POM file text box to locate the pom.xml file. In the "Select Path" pop-up window, select the pom.xml file in the top level of the DeepSpace repo and press OK. This should be the only option you need to configure.

Set up Continuous Integration

Before we save this build definition, let's set up continuous (build) integration to trigger off of changes to the master branch of the Git repository. This option sets up the Team Services project to automatically build the Java project whenever changes are made to the master branch. Click the Triggers option under the Definitions window. Then select the box beside Continuous Integration (CI). Click Save in the Definitions window to save this build definition. You will be prompted to enter a name in the Save window, so enter a name such as "First Build Definition" and press OK.

Execute the Build

Now that you have created a build definition, let's manually queue our first build of the project. Click on the Queue build... menu option under your "First Build Definition". This will display a window titled Queue Build For First Build Definition giving you an option to pick a build queue to use (for now, leave this as Hosted which will use default Azure build systems). Click OK. A build progress Console window will appear and will reflect the output of the Maven build task. The build can take a few seconds to a minute to begin and may last a few minutes. You will know the build is complete when a green bar is displayed reading "Build Succeeded" as shown in the image below.

Check Automated Test Results

To check the results of the automated tests, click on your build in the left window pane (Build 1 if this is your first build). This should open a screen that looks similar to the one below (yours may be Build 1, Build 2, etc., depending on how many builds you have performed).

To see the summary results of automated tests, click on the link under the Test results section in the right window pane. This will display the Test Run summary for the build in a screen similar to the image below.

Congratulations! You have created and executed your first Maven build successfully. The WAR file generated from this build is on the Azure build server that executed your build. To learn how to deploy this WAR file to a free web server in Azure, continue this walkthrough by following the next steps to deploy the web application.

Next Steps

So now you know how to build a Java project from a Git repo on Team Services using Azure build hosts.

What's next?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Where can I learn more about the Team Services build system and options?

A: This Team Services build article provides more details.

Q: How can I create and run a Maven build on Team Services?

A: Watch a how-to video on Maven builds on our YouTube channel.