Team Build Ticker: parting gift

I had blogged earlier about the BuildTicker tool which sits on the system tray and notifies of builds happening on the server. I have received many requests to get this tool. So here it goes. Get the executable from here and the sources from here. Since I am no longer working on the TFS team you can consider this as my parting gift 🙂


  1. This tool was never formally tested. However it is being used by me everyday.

  2. It comes with no support. In case you hit issues report it in this blog and I'll try to resolve it here.


  1. Does not need TF client to run

  2. Runs from System Tray

  3. Can monitor multiple TF servers and Build Types

  4. Shows pop-ups to notify of builds

  5. Tray animation to indicate successful/failed builds

  6. Integrated to the TF web-ui and you can click it to bring up a Team Build web-report

  7. Auto start(after restarts)

Known Issues

  1. First time you run it, it starts silently in the tray without bringing up the configure dialog.

  2. The pop-up takes away focus (can be majorly irritating when you are typing in some window). However the good news is that after the pop-up closes in a second or two the focus is restored.

  3. The application needs to be restarted sometimes when you change the TF and Build Types it is supposed to monitor

  4. Doesn't maintain the list of builds it has captured till date.

How to use

  1. Unzip to a folder and run the executable

  2. Right click on the Build Ticker icon in the tray and choose Open Build Ticker

  3. Choose Server and enter your server and  build type details

  4. Close the dialog. Sometimes it might be required to restart the application at this point

  5. Start getting notifications

However, I'd recommend that you use the Rss Feed generator and point a windows authentication capable feed-reader like RssBandit to it.

Comments (21)
  1. Rob Caron says:

    If you’d like to be more in touch with your Team Foundation Build server using something other than Team…

  2. Buck Hodges says:

    Abhinaba Basu posted his second Team Build power toy build notification app.  Previously he…

  3. [Team Build Ticker via Rob Caron’s Blog] I had blogged earlier about the BuildTicker tool which

  4. Abhinaba on Team Build Ticker – Parting Gift.

    Brian Harry on TFS Trial Edition and Release Candidate…

  5. El Bruno says:

    Great Tool !!!


    Bye from Spain

  6. SRLTeam says:

    There is a lot of useful free utilities for Team System you can find spread all over the web. Some of

  7. I received this from a colleague today and it’s so helpful I thought I’d post it to my blog

  8. TEAM FOUNDATION SERVER Utilities Capacity planning spreadsheet and tools (Unsupported) Team Foundation

  9. A dump, of various tools, thanks to Zeeshan Shah. Note: this is not an endorsed list. Utilities Team

  10. I’ve been asked what is this nice tool that I have that notifies me of finished Team Builds from VSTS

  11. I stumbled across this little handy tool today. Team Build Ticker runs in the system tray, and will display

  12. It says Server unavailable. Cant download.

  13. Thanks it’s up and working now.

  14. Tanya says:

    We made some changes to your tool and using it successfully.

    Thank you very much

  15. K says:

    thanks but both zip links give service unavailable

  16. says:

    Build Ticker prevents Windows XP from shutting down

  17. Mart says:

    Build Ticker prevents Windows server 2003 from shutting down

  18. Mart says:

    Build Ticker prevents Windows server 2003 from shutting down

  19. Maddox says:

    Team Build Tray is better.  It’s much, much lighter. I used Build Ticker but didn’t like it too much.  TBT is a little simpler though, all I want is a notification and the ability to build, not a powerhouse.

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