In some situations,
it can be useful to trigger an Azure DevOps pipeline from a pipeline.
Triggering a pipeline can be done via the API and trough PowerShell. You can
write your own script file and use the PowerShell tasks but there is also a
custom task in the Azure DevOps marketplace:
With this task you can trigger a build or release pipeline from another pipeline within the same project or organization but also in another project or organization.
Personal Access Token
started a Personal Access Token is needed with the appropriate rights to execute
pipelines. To generate a new Personal Access Token follow the below guide:
Give the personal
access token the following rights depending on your scenario:
- Triggering a Release:
- Release – Read, write & execute
- Build - Read & Execute (Needed for reading the artifacts)
- Triggering a Build:
- Build - Read & execute
Copy the token for later use.
have installed the extension, you can start by altering a pipeline from where
you want to trigger a different pipeline.
a new task to the pipeline by clicking in “+” icon.
the task window search for “Trigger” and select the task “Trigger Azure DevOps
the task click on “New” next to Azure DevOps Service connection to create a new
- In the new service connection window fill in all the correct properties.
- Connection name: The name for the connection
- Organization URL: The URL of the organization for Azure DevOps this would be https://dev.azure.com/[organization name]
- Release URL: The URLfor the release API for Azure DevOps this would be
- Personal Access Token: The personal access token that needs to be used.
the task choose the right options. The field for the project, build and release
definitions should be filled in for you.
When you want
to trigger a release for a specific version make sure to fill in the build
number. When left empty the extension will use the latest version by default.
it is also possible to trigger a build for a specific branch. When you want to
make use of that option make sure you fill in the “Branch” property.