Integrate NDepend with TeamCity

For the best support, use TeamCity version 5.1 and above.

Starting with version 3.5, NDepend provides rich browsable HTML reports with javascript. To enable them in the TeamCity dashboard, follow these steps

See also this great article about integrating NDepend in Team City, by Troy Hunt:
Continuous code quality measurement with NDepend and TeamCity

And this other article about using TeamCity, dotCover and NDepend, by Laurent Kempé:
Using TeamCity integrated dotCover coverage files with NDepend

For German speaking, read this great article by Robert Mühsig:
HowTo: Codeabhängigkeiten mit NDepend & TeamCity messen

Don't miss this 9:17 minutes great video by Wes McClure concise and straight to the point
about integrating NDepend with TeamCity.

Installing NDepend on the build server

To be able to run NDepend analysis during a build on a TeamCity server you need to install NDepend on the server which hosts the TeamCity agent that will run the NDepend analysis. Just unzip NDepend in a folder that the TeamCity agent can use. In our example we will use “C:\Program Files\_Tools\Development\ndepend”.

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Configuring TeamCity

First step is to configure TeamCity to display NDepend analysis as a tab on the result page of a build.

To do that you need to add a new Report Tab in TeamCity.

Navigate to the Administration menu, then Server Configuration and finally click on the tab Report Tabs. Click on Create new report tab and fill up the dialog as on the following screenshot:

Click Save. You should see your new created tab in the table listing all system-wide report tabs.

Please refer to TeamCity Including Third-Party Reports in the Build Results documentation for the full help on this.

Now that TeamCity is set to recognize the NDepend report tab we need to configure the artifact path of NDepend

Choose the build to which you want to add NDepend analysis and click Edit Configuration Settings and in the section Artifact paths add the string “Tests/Output/NDependOut/**/*=>NDepend”, without the quotes, as on the following screenshot:

Please refer to TeamCity Build Artifact documentation for the full help on this.

Now your chosen TeamCity build is ready to display the result of an NDepend analysis under an NDepend report tab.Artifacts are files produced by a build. After finishing a build, TeamCity searches for artifacts in the build's checkout directory according to the specified artifact patterns. Matching files are then uploaded to the server, where they become available for download.

So we still need to produce the files which will be displayed under the report tab.

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Creating a build file for Visual Studio Solution

To generate the NDepend analysis we will use the provided NDependMSBuild task called NDependTask.

The NDependTaskMSBuild task is stored in the assembly NDepend.Build.MSBuild.dll which is in the folder BuildProcessResources\MSBuild under the folder in which you installed NDepend, e.g. “C:\Program Files\_Tools\Development\ndepend”.

As an example I will use the following solution:

In which you can see:

  • A Visual Studio 2008 Web Deployment Projects; TechHeadBrothers.Portal.csproj_deploy, which we will customize to carry out the NDepend analysis build tasks. This is just a MSBuild script, you might use whatever MSBuild file which suits best your need
  • The configuration file for NDepend: TechHeadBrothers.Portal.NDependProject.ndproj

In your MSBuild, first import the NDependMSBuild tasks like this:

    TaskName="NDependTask" />

Then under the <PropertyGroup> tag define the following general path properties:


And the properties for NDepend:

<!-- NDepend -->
<NDependPath>C:\Program Files\_Tools\Development\ndepend</NDependPath>
<NDependInDirs>"$(SolutionFolder)\Sources\TechHeadBrothers.Portal\bin"; "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727"; "C:\Program Files\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\v3.0"; "C:\Program Files\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\v3.5";

In your MSBuild, first import the NDependMSBuild tasks like this:

<Target Name="NDepend">
  <Message Text="#--------- Executing NDepend ---------#" />
    OutDir="$(NDpendOutputDir)" />

And finally we have to call the NDepend target,

<Target Name="AfterBuild">
  <CallTarget Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == 'Nightly' " Targets="NDepend" ContinueOnError="false" />

If everything is configured correctly, you should see the following result:

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