On the Azure DevOps, in we git we have a schema of branches where we create a branch per sprint, for sample:

  • sprint01
  • sprint02
  • sprint03 ...

We keep the 3 last sprint branches, and in this case when I create the sprint4 branch, we will drop the sprint01. Each sprint We publish a version of our product every week. On the build pipeline definition on our project, we have defined the trigger to run over a push on the sprint* branch because we don't want to change the definition on each new version.

It works but it runs a build for each sprint branch and a release for each one. I would like to have just for that branch (with prefix sprint) that was pushed on the git. Is there any way to configure it?

My current configuration:

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  • What do you mean "it runs a build for each sprint branch"? Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 9:47
  • For sample, If I have branches called sprint01, sprint02, sprint03, the trigger will run a build for each branch. I wish to run just for the branch that was pushed. Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 12:25
  • If you push from sprint01 so 3 different builds will be executed? (3 build run in parallel?) Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 12:26
  • Yes, because I have configured sprint*. If I push sprint03 I wish to run just a build/release for this. I know I can configure a fixed branch, but we have a new sprint every monday, I would like to have this automatically. Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 12:30
  • I don't know if it is possible to configure. Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 12:34

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It's recommended that you use a convention of prefixing your grouped references (like branches) with "folder" prefixes.

For example, when you create sprint branches, create them with the names:


Then, configure your build trigger Include filters with this prefix:


... and then an Exclude filter for master, since by default it is also included.

Once configured, this should build only the sprint branch (topic branch) that was committed to.

Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/pipelines/build/ci-build-git?view=azure-devops&tabs=designer

  • If i configure sprints/* and a developer make a push on the sprint03, will it build branches sprint01 and sprint02? Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 1:38
  • @FelipeOriani No, it should only build sprint03 as the trigger should see the specific branch that triggered it that matches the wildcard. I've only used similar wildcards when wanting to trigger builds when tags are created (refs/tags/*), but the filtering should be the same. Test it out and report back.
    – Sumo
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 1:51

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