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Packaging SharePoint 2013 App With TFS 2013 build

December 09, 2014 - 1 min read

If you have wondered why the tfs drop folder doesn’t contain the app.publish folder like it does when you run the command msbuild.exe /p:IsPackaging=true /p:OutputPath="D:\dev\" in your local machine, it’s because the property /p:PublishDir also needs to be set in addition to /p:IsPackaging=true.

So, your continuous integration build definition should have the following msbuild arguments

/p:IsPackaging=true /p:PublishDir="$(TF_BUILD_BINARIESDIRECTORY)"\app.publish\`

Notice that I am using one of the TFS Build Environment variables to set the value of /p:PublishDir property. So that the tfs build will package the web site and SharePoint app to the binaries directory. The contents of the TF_BUILD_BINARIESDIRECTORY is then copied to your drop folder.

Hope this has been helpful as it has caused me a lot of headache to find out.

Harish H. Babu

Written by Harish H. Babu who lives and works in Cardiff engineering software things. You should follow him on Twitter