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Export Azure DevOps to CSV

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    Welcome to the comprehensive guide on exporting Azure DevOps to CSV. Azure DevOps is a suite of development tools that supports collaborative software development projects. Exporting work items to CSV is a powerful feature of Azure DevOps, providing users the ability to analyze, report, and track progress, as well as share vital information with stakeholders in a versatile and accessible format. When these CSV files are loaded into a spreadsheet application such as Excel, the data can be manipulated and visualized in myriad ways to support decision-making and project management. On this page, we'll delve into the specifics of what Azure DevOps is, how to effectively export to a CSV file, the numerous use cases for such exports, and introduce Sourcetable as an innovative alternative to traditional CSV exports. Additionally, we will provide a helpful Q&A section for common inquiries regarding the export process from Azure DevOps to CSV.

    What is Azure DevOps?

    Azure DevOps is a set of modern dev services designed to support collaborative culture and processes in software development. It provides a suite of tools that help users plan smarter, collaborate better, and ship faster, thus enabling them to create and improve products more rapidly compared to traditional software development methods. As a collaboration tool, it brings together developers, project managers, and contributors to develop software efficiently.

    With Azure DevOps, users can work with any language, platform, and cloud, making it a versatile solution for a wide range of development projects. It integrates with GitHub and supports both cloud and on-premises hosting. It includes integrated features such as Azure Boards, Azure Repos, Azure Pipelines, Azure Test Plans, and Azure Artifacts, all of which can be accessed through a web browser or an IDE client.

    The service is not only used by Microsoft teams but also supports integration with over 1000 apps and services, including other popular services. Additionally, Azure DevOps allows the use of custom extensions, adding to its flexibility and adaptability to fit into various existing workflows, whether organizations use all its services or just select components to complement their current practices.

    Exporting Azure DevOps Work Items to a CSV File

    Using the Native Export Feature from Queries

    To export work items in bulk from Azure DevOps to a CSV file without the need for Excel, you can utilize the native export feature from Queries. This feature is available with Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 and later versions. You simply create a query to filter the work items you need and use the export option to generate a comma-delimited list, which will include rich-text fields formatted in HTML. This exported CSV file can then be used to export work items to a different project, provided the work item ID is removed prior to the import into the new project.

    Using Excel for Export and Import

    Excel can be employed to import and update work items in Azure DevOps. This method allows for the editing of work items using Excel's interface before saving them back to Azure DevOps. It's important to note that when exporting work items to import into a different project, the work item ID should be omitted to ensure a successful transfer.

    Exporting Without Excel from the Web Portal

    For users who prefer not to use Excel, Azure DevOps supports the import and export of work items directly from the web portal. This option is available with Azure DevOps Server 2020 and Azure DevOps Services. CSV import can handle up to 1,000 work items at a time and can add parent-child links between work items. Similar to other methods, when exporting work items for use in a different project, you need to ensure the work item ID is removed to prevent conflicts.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Streamline Your Data Management with Sourcetable

    Are you tired of the tedious process of exporting data from Azure DevOps to a CSV file, only to then import it into another spreadsheet program? Sourcetable offers a superior solution that can significantly enhance your workflow. By syncing with your live data from Azure DevOps, Sourcetable eliminates the need for manual exports. This seamless integration not only saves time but also ensures that your data is always up-to-date, providing real-time insights directly within a familiar spreadsheet interface.

    With Sourcetable, you can harness the power of automation for your data management tasks. The platform's ability to automatically pull in data from multiple sources allows you to consolidate your information, streamlining your business intelligence processes. This means less time spent on data entry and more time for analysis and decision-making. Embrace the efficiency of Sourcetable and transform the way you handle your Azure DevOps data.

    Common Use Cases

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      Bulk updating work items
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      Backup of work items

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I export work items to CSV in Azure DevOps without using Excel?

    Yes, you can export work items to CSV without using Excel using the native import/export feature in Azure DevOps.

    Are there any work item types that cannot be exported to CSV in Azure DevOps?

    Yes, Azure DevOps does not support exporting the following work item types to CSV: Code Review Request, Code Review Response, Feedback Request, Feedback Response, Test Case, Test Plan, Test Suite, Shared Parameter.

    Will the exported CSV file include all comments and discussions from the work items?

    No, exporting work items to CSV does not include all comments or discussions by default.

    Is there a way to include all comments from work items in the CSV export?

    It is not possible to include all comments from a work item in the CSV using the Azure DevOps web UI. To include all comments, a script must be written using the Azure API.

    From which version of Azure DevOps Server is the export to CSV feature available?

    The export to CSV feature is available with Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 and later versions.


    Azure DevOps provides a straightforward method for exporting work items in bulk directly to CSV format without the need for Excel, accommodating up to 1,000 work items per export. This feature, available from Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 onwards, ensures that even complex work items with multiple tags can be exported and tested effectively. While the native tools are powerful, there is an alternative approach: instead of exporting to CSV, you can use Sourcetable to import data directly into a spreadsheet, streamlining your data management process even further. Sign up for Sourcetable to get started and enhance your Azure DevOps experience.

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