Is it possible to generate a Sitecore zip installation package from a TDS project in a Visual Studio solution? Ideally, but not strictly, in a way that could run on a CI server.

  • What's more important to your question, that the CI server can get updated, or that the format of the package is specifically a zip package? I ask as TDS generates .update packages as standard and these can be installed as part of a CI process.
    – Kasaku
    Oct 26, 2016 at 14:24
  • I'm aware of the update package generation feature of TDS, so my main question is can a zip package be created instead, or by some other means? Oct 26, 2016 at 15:13
  • Can we run some other VS solution after TDS process completes - we could use the code mentioned here to generate the zip package -webdatasource.com/2011/08/…
    – Abhay Dhar
    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:01

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I don't think there is a way to create a standard .zip package from within Visual Studio/TDS but you can do that with Sitecore Rocks and there is an example here by Trevor Campbell: https://community.sitecore.net/technical_blogs/b/trevor_campbell/posts/28-days-of-sitecore-rocks-package-creation. As seen in your answer to Joe, if that's all the functionality you really need, then that should be all you need to create a package easily from within Visual Studio. You can get Sitecore Rocks by going into Visual Studio and going to Tools--> Extensions and Updates --> Select Online --> Search for Sitecore Rocks. It should be the first selection in the list.

  • Can you automate this process so that the package is generated automatically after a build in VS ? Oct 27, 2016 at 14:04
  • Unfortunately, that's where my knowledge ends on making packages in Sitecore Rocks. You might be able to run a build script that may do that similar to how you would do that with TDS, but you would need to look into that. Oct 28, 2016 at 15:44

I use a mixture of Sitecore.Ship, TDS Update Package generation, and CURL to achieve CD from my CI servers.

Is there any reason why you want a zip package over an update package?

  • I want a zip package as I am building a marketplace module and it seems to be the convention that they are installed by a regular zip package. Oct 26, 2016 at 20:19
  • You may want to look at using PSE. You could expose an endpoint that runs a PS script that generates a zip package. You would, of course, need to have your solution up and running on a Sitecore installation to do this.
    – jdylanmc
    Oct 26, 2016 at 20:20
  • Could I do that from within Visual Studio? Oct 26, 2016 at 20:33

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