HockeyApp from Microsoft

Score a free puck with HockeyApp!


Score more than just a great Mobile DevOps workflow – score a free, branded hockey puck for configuring the HockeyApp extension for Visual Studio Team Services, and deploying a mobile Android, iOS or Windows app to HockeyApp. To do this, you will need:

  1. A free or paid HockeyApp account
  2. A free or paid Visual Studio Team Services account
  3. The free HockeyApp extension for Visual Studio Team Services

Then configure your build in Visual Studio Team Services and configure the deployment from Visual Studio Team Services to HockeyApp with the HockeyApp extension, run your build, watch it deploy to HockeyApp. We will need some details to send you the puck, so don’t forget to give us those!

For all the details, see the official rules.

Planned Maintenance on November 22nd


We are planning maintenance for the app creation subsystem on Sunday, November 22nd, between 18:00 and 19:00 UTC. We expect no downtime for HockeyApp, but the creation of new apps will be delayed during this window.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or via email.

HockeySDK 3.7.0 beta 2 for Android


Switching to Gradle as a build system allowed us to focus on improving various aspects of the SDK under the hood and making a lot of minor improvements here and there.

Feel free to test it, and, as always, reach out to us if you have feedback or run into any issues.

You can access the release here:


Version 3.7.0-beta.2

  • [NEW] Crashes now include thread name and ID. You can find them in the crash log section in the backend by clicking “View raw log” (#102)
  • [NEW] Added French Localization
  • [NEW] Added more information about how to use and customize your usage of the SDK to our readme, e.g. how to make use of HockeyApp’s authentication feature
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Moved user interface to resources for more flexibility in the future
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Added build checks using Travis CI
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed a couple of lint warnings
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed an issue where we couldn’t detect if an app was installed from the play store or through ADB on Xiaomi devices (#99)

Introducing Mobile DevOps with Visual Studio Team Services and HockeyApp


Today, we are introducing our new Mobile DevOps process by combining two Microsoft products: Visual Studio Team Services and HockeyApp. Together these tools automate the DevOps lifecycle for iOS, Android and Windows device apps. Every code commit can trigger a build, and deploy the app to test users. Crash data and user feedback with screenshots are directly collected when running the app, and fed back into work items for the next cycle.

The complexity of mobile app development increases steadily with new devices, new form factors, and new operating system versions. Android runs on over 10,000 device models and even iOS developers now have to consider 5 different device types and 10 screen resolutions when developing universal apps for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. To succeed in this environment, your project must automate the whole lifecycle: not only build and deployment, but also management of versions and test users, as well as the collection of feedback and telemetry.

Visual Studio Team Services offers source code management, agile planning, continuous integration, release management, and other tools for agile teams. Its cloud-based builds now can stream directly to HockeyApp, which deploys them to your testers. Once your app is installed on a test user’s device, HockeySDK collects usage data, crash reports, and user feedback with screenshots, and will show an alert when the next build is available. Closing the loop, HockeyApp can automatically create work items for a new crash group or feedback thread and keep the status in sync.

Getting Started

Getting started is really easy. Sign in with your Microsoft account and sign up for a new Visual Studio Team Services instance. Up to 5 developers are free with unlimited private code repositories, unlimited agile planning boards, and 4 hours of build time. Once your instance is up and running, you can install the new HockeyApp extension directly from the new Visual Studio Marketplace. The extension enables the following components:

  • A build task to deploy your iOS, Android, or Windows app to HockeyApp.
  • A dashboard widget to quickly jump to your overview, download, or crashes page.
  • A service endpoint for HockeyApp to store your API token.

On HockeyApp, we have added a new Visual Studio Team Services menu item to the Manage App view. With a few clicks, you can connect your account, select your instance & project, set an area path, and configure the automatic push of crash groups and feedback. HockeyApp will also set a web hook from Visual Studio Team Services back to itself, so the work item status can be synced.

When your first build from the continuous integration pipeline arrives on HockeyApp, you will notice two new tabs on the version’s overview page. Commits shows you all source revisions and log messages for this build. Work Items lists the related tasks and bugs. Together with the build’s release notes, you will always have the full overview of the Mobile DevOps cycle.

Our team and many others here at Microsoft are working hard and are very excited about what’s coming next as part of our mobile-first, cloud-first strategy. To share our excitement, HockeyApp now offers a free plan for all developers. Your first two apps are free, with all features enabled, no size or tester limits, and of course the most accurate crash reports. Sign up today for HockeyApp and Visual Studio Team Services!

HockeyApp 2.0.14 for Mac


We are happy to announce a new release of HockeyApp for Mac. This version brings various bugfixes.

You can download HockeyApp for Mac from the download page on HockeyApp.

If you’re interested, the full release notes are below:

Version 2.0.14

  • [BUGFIX] Fixed issues when installing puck command line client
  • [BUGFIX] Show the correct provisioning profile when uploading iOS apps that also contain a watchOS build
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed startup crash with invalid Xcode projects
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed various crashes
  • [BUGFIX] Fixed incorrect https URLs that should use http
  • [UPDATE] Don’t show welcome UI if app crashes within 10 seconds after launch, to avoid possible endless crashes