Publish and download artifacts in your pipeline - Azure Pipelines (2023)

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Using Azure Pipelines, you can download artifacts from earlier stages in your pipeline or from another pipeline. You can also publish your artifact to a file share or make it available as a pipeline artifact.

Publish artifacts

You can publish your artifacts using YAML, the classic editor, or Azure CLI:


Publishing pipeline artifacts is not supported in release pipelines.

  • YAML
  • YAML (task)
  • Classic
  • Azure CLI
steps:- publish: $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/bin/WebApp artifact: WebApp


The publish keyword is a shortcut for the Publish Pipeline Artifact task .

Although the artifact's name is optional, it is a good practice to specify a name that accurately reflects the contents of your artifact. If you plan to consume the artifact from a job running on a different OS, you must ensure all the file paths are valid for the target environment. For example, a file name containing the character \ or * will fail to download on Windows.

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The path of the file/folder that you want to publish is required. This can be an absolute or a relative path to $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory).

Packages in Azure Artifacts are immutable. Once you publish a package, its version will be permanently reserved. rerunning failed jobs will fail if the package has been published. A good way to approach this if you want to be able to rerun failed jobs without facing an error package already exists, is to use Conditions to only run if the previous job succeeded.

 jobs: - job: Job1 steps: - script: echo Hello Job1! - job: Job2 steps: - script: echo Hello Job2! dependsOn: Job1


You will not be billed for storing Pipeline Artifacts. Pipeline Caching is also exempt from storage billing. See Which artifacts count toward my total billed storage.


Deleting a pipeline run will result in the deletion of all Artifacts associated with that run.

Use .artifactignore

.artifactignore uses a similar syntax to .gitignore (with few limitations) to specify which files should be ignored when publishing artifacts. See Use the .artifactignore file for more details.


The plus sign character + is not supported in URL paths and some builds metadata for package types such as Maven.

Example: ignore all files except .exe files:

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Azure Artifacts automatically ignore the .git folder path when you don't have a .artifactignore file. You can bypass this by creating an empty .artifactignore file.

Download artifacts

You can download artifacts using YAML, the classic editor, or Azure CLI.

  • YAML
  • YAML (task)
  • Classic
  • Azure CLI
steps:- download: current artifact: WebApp
  • current: download artifacts produced by the current pipeline run. Options: current, specific.


List of published artifacts will be available only in following dependant jobs. Therefore, use current option only in separate jobs, that has dependency on jobs with publish artifacts tasks.


You can use Pipeline resources to define your source in one place and use it anywhere in your pipeline.


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The download keyword is a shortcut for the Download Pipeline Artifact task.

By default, files are downloaded to $(Pipeline.Workspace). If an artifact name was not specified, a subdirectory will be created for each downloaded artifact. You can use matching patterns to limit which files get downloaded. See File matching patterns for more details.

steps:- download: current artifact: WebApp patterns: | **/*.js **/*.zip

Artifacts selection

A single download step can download one or more artifacts. To download multiple artifacts, leave the artifact name field empty and use file matching patterns to limit which files will be downloaded. ** is the default file matching pattern (all files in all artifacts).

Single artifact

When an artifact name is specified:

  1. Only files for that specific artifact are downloaded. If the artifact does not exist, the task will fail.

  2. File matching patterns are evaluated relative to the root of the artifact. For example, the pattern *.jar matches all files with a .jar extension at the root of the artifact.

The following example illustrates how to download all *.js from an artifact WebApp:

  • YAML
  • YAML (task)
  • Classic
  • Azure CLI
steps:- download: current artifact: WebApp patterns: '**/*.js'

Multiple artifacts

When no artifact name is specified:

  1. Multiple artifacts can be downloaded and the task does not fail if no files are found.

  2. A subdirectory is created for each artifact.

  3. File matching patterns should assume the first segment of the pattern is (or matches) an artifact name. For example, WebApp/** matches all files from the WebApp artifact. The pattern */*.dll matches all files with a .dll extension at the root of each artifact.

The following example illustrates how to download all .zip files from all artifacts:

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  • YAML
  • YAML (task)
  • Classic
  • Azure CLI
steps:- download: current patterns: '**/*.zip'

Artifacts in release and deployment jobs

Artifacts are only downloaded automatically in deployment jobs. By default, artifacts are downloaded to $(Pipeline.Workspace). The download artifact task will be auto injected only when using the deploy lifecycle hook in your deployment. To stop artifacts from being downloaded automatically, add a download step and set its value to none.In a regular build job, you need to explicitly use the download step keyword or the Download Pipeline Artifact task. See lifecycle hooks to learn more about the other types of hooks.

steps:- download: none

Use Artifacts across stages

If you want to be able to access your artifact across different stages in your pipeline, you can now publish your artifact in one stage and then download it in the next stage leveraging dependencies. See Stage to stage dependencies for more details.


In the following example, we will copy and publish a script folder from our repo to the $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory). In the second stage, we will download and run our script.

trigger:- mainstages:- stage: build jobs: - job: run_build pool: vmImage: 'windows-latest' steps: - task: VSBuild@1 inputs: solution: '**/*.sln' msbuildArgs: '/p:DeployOnBuild=true /p:WebPublishMethod=Package /p:PackageAsSingleFile=true /p:SkipInvalidConfigurations=true /p:DesktopBuildPackageLocation="$(build.artifactStagingDirectory)\" /p:DeployIisAppPath="Default Web Site"' platform: 'Any CPU' configuration: 'Release' - task: CopyFiles@2 displayName: 'Copy scripts' inputs: contents: 'scripts/**' targetFolder: '$(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)' - publish: '$(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/scripts' displayName: 'Publish script' artifact: drop- stage: test dependsOn: build jobs: - job: run_test pool: vmImage: 'windows-latest' steps: - download: current artifact: drop - task: PowerShell@2 inputs: filePath: '$(Pipeline.Workspace)\drop\test.ps1'

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Migrate from build artifacts

Pipeline artifacts are the next generation of build artifacts and are the recommended way to work with artifacts. Artifacts published using the Publish Build Artifacts task can still be downloaded using Download Build Artifacts, but we recommend using the latest Download Pipeline Artifact task instead.

When migrating from build artifacts to pipeline artifacts:

  1. By default, the Download Pipeline Artifact task downloads files to $(Pipeline.Workspace). This is the default and recommended path for all types of artifacts.

  2. File matching patterns for the Download Build Artifacts task are expected to start with (or match) the artifact name, regardless if a specific artifact was specified or not. In the Download Pipeline Artifact task, patterns should not include the artifact name when an artifact name has already been specified. For more information, see single artifact selection.


- task: PublishPipelineArtifact@1 displayName: 'Publish' inputs: targetPath: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/** ${{ if eq(variables['Build.SourceBranchName'], 'main') }}: artifactName: 'prod' ${{ else }}: artifactName: 'dev' artifactType: 'pipeline'
  • targetPath: The path of the file or directory to publish. Can be absolute or relative to the default working directory. Can include variables, but wildcards are not supported.

  • artifactName: Name of the artifact to publish. If not set, defaults to a unique ID scoped to the job.

  • artifactType: Choose whether to store the artifact in Azure Pipelines, or to copy it to a file share that must be accessible from the pipeline agent. Options: pipeline, filepath.


Q: What are build artifacts?

A: Build artifacts are the files generated by your build. See Build Artifacts to learn more about how to publish and consume your build artifacts.

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A: Not currently, but this feature is planned.

Q: Can I delete pipeline artifacts when re-running failed jobs?

A: Pipeline artifacts are not deletable or overwritable. If you want to regenerate artifacts when you re-run a failed job, you can include the job ID in the artifact name. $(system.JobId) is the appropriate variable for this purpose. See System variables to learn more about predefined variables.

Q: How can I access Artifacts feeds behind a firewall?

A: If your organization is using a firewall or a proxy server, make sure you allow Azure Artifacts Domain URLs and IP addresses.

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How do I publish artifacts in Azure pipeline? ›

Artifact publish location: choose whether to store the Artifact in Azure Pipelines, or to copy it to a file share.
Publish Artifacts
  1. targetPath: Path to the folder or file you want to publish. ( Required)
  2. artifactType: Artifacts publish location. ...
  3. artifactName: Name of your Artifact.
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How do I publish a package to Azure artifacts? ›

Publish to Azure Artifacts feeds
  1. From within your pipeline, select the + sign to add a task to your pipeline, then search for the npm task. Select Add to add it to your pipeline.
  2. Name your task and select Publish from the dropdown menu. Select your package.json path, your Registry location and your Target registry.
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What is artifacts in Azure pipelines? ›

Azure Artifacts enable developers to consume and publish different types of packages to Artifacts feeds and public registries such as and

How do I download from artifacts? ›

To download a specific artifact from a run, use the run download subcommand. Replace run-id with the ID of the run that you want to download artifacts from. Replace artifact-name with the name of the artifact that you want to download. You can specify more than one artifact.

Where does Azure DevOps publish artifacts? ›

By default, the published artifacts will be stored in Azure Pipelines. You also can select a file share that can be accessible from the pipeline agent.

How do I publish an artifact to feed? ›

To publish packages to an Azure Artifacts feed from your pipeline, set the identity under which the build runs as a feed Contributor. If your build pipeline is configured to run using the project collection scope, add the Project Collection Build Service identity as a feed Contributor.

What is the purpose of Azure artifacts? ›

Azure Artifacts enables developers to share their code efficiently and manage all their packages from one place. With Azure Artifacts, developers can publish packages to their feeds and share it within the same team, across organizations, and even publicly.

How artifacts are configured in pipeline? ›

To set up this configuration, go to the Configuration screen for a pipeline (Pipeline B) and add an automated trigger of type Pipeline pointing to another pipeline (Pipeline A). Whenever Pipeline A completes, it will trigger a run of Pipeline B, and Pipeline B will have access to all artifacts from Pipeline A.

What is artifact in release pipeline? ›

An artifact is a deployable component of your application. Azure Pipelines can deploy artifacts that are produced by a wide range of artifact sources, and stored in different types of artifact repositories.

What is the use of artifacts in DevOps? ›

DevOps artifacts are referenced in a pipeline stage for automated deployment to the target environment. They are used to specify software package versions for deployment.

What is the easiest way to get artifacts? ›

Artifacts can be acquired by doing just about anything in Genshin Impact; opening chests, completing quests, ticking off Experience entries in the Adventurer's Handbook, and clearing Domains and World Boss battles.

What deploy artifacts? ›

A deployment artifact (or a build ) is the application code as it runs on production: compiled, built, bundled, minified, optimized, and so on. Most often, it's a single binary, or a bunch of files compressed in an archive. In such a state, you can store and version an artifact.

How do I publish my Azure project? ›

Create or open an Azure cloud service project in Visual Studio. In Solution Explorer, right-click the project, and, from the context menu, select Convert > Convert to Azure Cloud Service Project. In Solution Explorer, right-click the newly created Azure project, and, from the context menu, select Publish.

What does it mean to build an artifact? ›

Build artifacts are files produced by a build. Typically, these include distribution packages, WAR files, reports, log files, and so on. When creating a build configuration, you specify the paths to the artifacts of your build on the Configuring General Settings page.

How do I manually upload artifacts to Artifactory? ›

Upload to the Artifactory repository manually

The easiest way, and the least DevOps-friendly way, to upload a JAR to an Artifactory repository is to simply log in to the administrative console, select a target folder and drag and drop the JAR onto the deployment screen.

How do I know if Artifactory is running? ›

If Artifactory is running, you should see its pid , if not, you will see a list of environment variables used by the service. Access Artifactory from your browser at: http://SERVER_ HOSTNAME:8082/ui/ . For example, on your local machine: http://localhost:8082/ui/ . Check Artifactory Log.

How do I export data from Artifactory? ›

To access import and export of your entire system, in the Administration module, select Artifactory | Import & Export | System.

How do I download all work items from Azure DevOps? ›

Export list as a CSV file. From any query, you can export a list of work items as a comma-delimited list. Open the query, choose the actions icon, and choose Export to CSV. Requires Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 or later version.

What sort of pipeline is required in Azure DevOps for creating artifacts used in releases? ›

You can use Azure Pipelines to publish and download different types of artifacts as part of your CI/CD workflow.

What are the 3 types of artifacts? ›

The Types of Artifacts. There are three main categories that software artifacts fall under. These are code-related artifacts, project management artifacts, and documentation.

What are 5 types of artifacts? ›

Tools, pottery, metal objects, weapons, jewelry, books, instruments, figurines, coins.

Why do we need artifacts? ›

Artifacts are immensely useful to scholars who want to learn about a culture. Archaeologists excavate areas in which ancient cultures lived and use the artifacts found there to learn about the past.

How are artifacts used to communicate? ›

Communication Artifacts are created as expressions of human thought. They include advertisements, art, ceremonial and documentary artifacts, exchange media, and personal symbols. Advertising artifacts are objects that were created to call attention to products, services, or events.

How are artifacts recorded? ›

Artifacts from the archaeological record are usually found in the ground, and once dug up, archaeologists put data such as photographs and exact location of the artifact into the archaeological record. Bones are sometimes found and included in the archaeological record.

What is the difference between an artifact and a deliverable? ›

A "deliverable" is an architectural work product that is contractually specified and in turn formally reviewed, agreed, and signed off by the stakeholders. An "artifact" is an architectural work product that describes an aspect of the architecture.

Why do we need artifact repository? ›

Artifact repositories have become essential for rapid releases. Being able to manage binary artifacts allows your team to more easily identify and incorporate the correct versions of artifacts into their work. Without it, you can easily lose the gains provided by your DevOps investment.

Why are project artifacts important? ›

Why are project artifacts important? Project artifacts are important at each phase of a project because they allow a team to document their objectives and deliverables. Without these artifacts, a project may be difficult to complete in an effective and coordinated manner.

How do I download work items from Azure DevOps? ›

From any query, you can export a list of work items as a comma-delimited list. Open the query, choose the actions icon, and choose Export to CSV. To learn more, see Bulk import or update work items using CSV files. Requires Azure DevOps Server 2019 Update 1 or later version.

How do I export Azure pipeline? ›

Navigate to the pipeline details page for your pipeline. Choose ... and select Export. When prompted, save the JSON file on your local machine. The browser will save the file in the download directory as per your browser settings.

How do I download a DevOps project? ›

actions for the repository, file, or folder and choose Download as Zip. You can also Download from the right side of the screen to download either all of the files in the currently selected folder, or the currently selected file. This process doesn't save any change history or links to other artifacts.


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