Monday, July 15, 2013

How to use WIQL to query for work items in TFS 2012 via the URL

These days I spend a large amount of time in TFS 2012. 

In TFS 2008 and 2010 users could use the q.aspx page to run a query using WIQL as defined by the 2010 WIQL spec ( Ken O' Bonn has a great post on this at

However in TFS 2012 the URLs for everything changed and I was unable to find any information on how to accomplish the same task. How can you provide a URL to users that queries for work items without writing and saving a query to the TFS server. 

The key is I don't want to save a query to TFS.   

So after some trial and error I found the way!

http://<ServerAddress>:8080/tfs/<TPC Name>/<Project>/_workitems#_a=query&wiql=<WIQL>

An example:

http://tfstest:8080/TPC1/project1/_workItems#_a=query&wiql=select id, [System.areapath] from workitems

The WIQL for 2012 is defined at

1 comment:

  1. This is an example against the Brian Keller 2013 (Update 2) TFS virtual machine

    http://vsalm:8080/tfs/FabrikamFiberCollection/FabrikamFiber/_workItems#_a=query&wiql=http://vsalm:8080/tfs/FabrikamFiberCollection/FabrikamFiber/_workItems#_a=query&wiql=select id, [System.areapath] from workitems


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