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Branches Command

Displays the history of a branch for a specified file or folder.

Required Permissions

To use the branches command, your Read permission must be set to Allow for the item and any branches to view their history. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

tf branches itemspec [/version:versionspec] [/collection:TeamProjectCollectionUrl] [/login:username,[password]]

Argument

Description

Itemspec

Identifies the file or folder that contains the branch you want to examine. For more information about how Team Foundation parses itemspecs to determine which items are within scope, see Command-Line Options.

Versionspec

Provides a value for the /version option. For more information about how Team Foundation parses a version specification to determine which items are within its scope, see Command-Line Syntax (Version Control).

TeamProjectCollectionUrl

The URL of the team project collection that contains a file or folder in a branch for which you want to display the history (for example, http://myserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection).

username

Provides a value to the /login option. You can specify a username value as either Domain\UserName or UserName.

Option

Description

/version

Specifies the version for the path. This option is rarely used.

/collection

Specifies the team project collection.

/login

Specifies the user name and password to authenticate the user with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.

The branches command tells you when an item has been the source or destination of a branch operation. The output displays the parent branch for each version.

For more information on how to find the tf command-line utility, see Tf Command-Line Utility Commands.

The following example displays branch history for the version-controlled file C:\314.cs.

c:\projects>tf branches 314.cs

The following example displays branch history for the header.h item in the Team Foundation version control server.

c:\projects>tf branches $/applications/header.h

The following example displays the branch history of the folder $/rel30/math.

c:\projects>tf branches $/rel30/math/

The following example displays the branch history for WindowsApplication13-branch. The results indicate the history for the specified branch by using angle brackets.

D:\projects\ws1>tf branches WindowsApplication13-branch
$/jun16-1/WindowsApplication13
>>      $/jun16-1/WindowsApplication13-branch   Branched from version 3 <<
                $/jun16-1/WindowsApplication13-branch-prime     Branched from version 5
        $/jun16-1/WindowsApplication13-branch2  Branched from version 3

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