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Can I host a private package server with VSTs?

In this post, App Dev Manager Keith Beller demonstrates how to use VSTS to host a private package server. Before you go through the trouble of setting up a private package server to host your Nuget, NPM, Maven or Gradle feeds, consider using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).

What is the package mangement extension for Visual Studio team services?

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has all sorts of extensions that have utilized the APIs provided to help simplify workflows. The Package Mangement Extension can use npm or NuGet, we are going to focus on NuGet.

What is an upstream source in VSTs?

Just like with VSTS feeds as upstream sources, using public registries via upstream sources means VSTS keeps a saved copy of every package you use from the public source. Setting up a VSTS upstream source is a 2-stage process.

How to deploy new NuGet packages from internal feed?

Update the Internal Feed Url to the feed location you found from Save your build and test it out, if your build steps all run successfully you are now deploying new NuGet packages from this build. When I set this up I chose to update our NuGet package on check in

Installing the Package Management Extension

Once you’ve logged into VSTS, you want to first head over to the VSTS Marketplace.

Creating your host feed

If you navigate to the Build and Release header menu item, you will see a new sub tab named Packages. Go ahead and click the menu to reveal the New feed creation page. Click the + New feed button to proceed.

Connecting to the feed

Start the process by clicking on the connect to feed button. A modal popup window will appear giving you several connection options. In this case we are going to utilize the NuGet to Visual Studio connection option. Copy the source URL and hold on to it. Your going to need that URL to connect your feed into Visual Studio.

Configure your Build, Release and Feed for Consumption

First we are going to configure our build so let’s start by selecting a source. We’re going to leave the defaults so let’s hit continue.

Connect to the package in Visual Studio

Let’s test this out. Create a new consumer application in Visual Studio and Manage NuGet packages for the Solution…

How to set up VSTS upstream source?

Setting up a VSTS upstream source is a 2-stage process. First, you’ll need to ensure that the feed you want to add as an upstream source has a view that’s shared. Feeds created in the last few weeks will already have this set up correctly.

What does VSTS use as upstream source?

Just like with VSTS feeds as upstream sources, using public registries via upstream sources means VSTS keeps a saved copy of every package you use from the public source.

What permissions are available for upstream sources?

With upstream sources comes a new permissions level: “Collaborator”. In the private preview of upstream sources, we heard from many of you that there’s a different level of trust between “entities allowed to publish my packages to my feed” and “entities allowed to use packages from an upstream I already trust”. If that sounds like you, you’re in luck. “Contributors”, as always, are able to publish packages directly to the feed (e.g. with npm publish ). “Collaborators” can save new packages from upstream sources (e.g. ‘npm install package-from-upstream’). “Readers” can only use packages that a Collaborator or above has already saved or published to the feed.

Why are software packages important?

Software packages are a crucial part of development in languages ranging from C# to JavaScript to Python to Go. They help you iterate faster, avoid solving a problem that’s been solved many times before, and allow you to focus on your unique value. But, they can also add uncertainty and risk to your development process.

Can you use upstream sources in VSTS?

Upstream sources (for NuGet and npm) are now available between VSTS feeds within the same account, and between feeds in multiple VSTS accounts that are within an organization. With a few clicks, you can add another team’s feed as an upstream source and start using their packages, without altering the NuGet.config or .npmrc in your project.

Can you use NuGet.org in npmjs?

If you’ve created your feed within the last few months, you’re already set to use the nuget.org and npmjs.com upstream sources, unless you selected “Only use packages published to this feed” when you created your feed. If you did, or if your feed is older, just go to feed settings, select the Upstream sources pivot, then select Add.

What is VSTS in ALM?

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is a fantastic and highly configurable tool! We can use it to automate the tedious tasks in our ALM process. It has a broad range of support for many open source products and support for other build tools like NPM. It also allows for establishing policies that help provide structure and governance over our ALM process.

What is package management?

Package Management introduces the concept of multiple feeds that can be used to organize and control access to your packages. If you’re familiar with using packages from NuGet.org or modules from npmjs, you can think of those places each as a single feed. You may also have heard feeds called package repositories.

Can you create a npm registry?

Now with Package Management you can create your own Enterprise npm registry to publish your packages to. You can even require enterprise developers to pull from the enterprise controlled feed of packages.

Is NPM easier to publish?

With Azure DevOps Services, publishing NPM packages has never been easier! As a case study let’s take for example an open source package developed by myself, CaravanDb, a concise tool to allow you to easily create database migration scripts and apply them to a given environment.

What is the policy requirement for a pull request?

The policy requirement is that the build must succeed in order for the given pull request to be merged.

Can you choose a registry in npmrc?

Now we need to make sure our build definition is pulling from our custom npm feed. Back in our build definition’s npm tasks we have the option to choose our registry and authentication options. Instead of choosing .npmrc we can now choose Registry | select here and choose our new corporate-npm feed.

Is there a repository for packages in NPM?

Anyone who has been doing any work with front end development (or Node for that matter) knows full well the benefits of having a repository of packages that a development team can draw on. Some companies publish their common packages openly on NPM to be shared with the community. Many companies are required by their security needs to keep their packages from being published on the public npm registry.

Andrew Hoefling

I’m Andrew Hoefling, and I work for FileOnQ as a Lead Software Engineer building mobile technologies for Government, Financial and First Responders using Xamarin.

Package Mangement Extension

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has all sorts of extensions that have utilized the APIs provided to help simplify workflows. The Package Mangement Extension can use npm or NuGet, we are going to focus on NuGet.

Build Process

Now that our Package Management Extension is properly installed into our VSTS Account and we have configured our new feed we can start setting up our Build Enviornment to Deploy and Consume packages.

Deploy Package

Depending on your environment it may be useful to deploy pre-release packages vs production ready released packages. A pre-release package could be useful for deploying a dev version of your package for another team to consume while you finish everything up.

Consume Package

Now that our package is being deployed properly we need to make some updates to our VSTS Builds that depend on the new NuGet feed. After you go through and update your package sources in Visual Studio and get everything working locally you will notice your build is not working.