About TortoiseSVN

TortoiseSVN is a really easy to use Revision control / version control / source control software for Windows. It is based on Apache Subversion (SVN)®; TortoiseSVN provides a nice and easy user interface for Subversion.

It is developed under the GPL. Which means it is completely free for anyone to use, including in a commercial environment, without any restriction. The source code is also freely available, so you can even develop your own version if you wish to.

Since it's not an integration for a specific IDE like Visual Studio, Eclipse or others, you can use it with whatever development tools you like, and with any type of file.

Features of TortoiseSVN

  • Easy to use
    • all commands are available directly from the windows explorer.
    • only commands that make sense for the selected file/folder are shown. You won't see any commands that you can't use in your situation.
    • See the status of your files directly in the Windows explorer
    • descriptive dialogs, constantly improved due to user feedback
    • allows moving files by right-dragging them in the windows explorer
  • All Subversion protocols are supported
    • http://
    • https://
    • svn://
    • svn+ssh://
    • file:///
    • svn+XXX://
  • Powerful commit dialog
  • The big picture
  • Per project settings
    • minimum log message length to avoid accidentally committing with an empty log message
    • language to use for the spell checker
  • Integration with issue tracking systems

    TortoiseSVN provides a flexible mechanism to integrate any web based bug tracking system.

    • A separate input box to enter the issue number assigned to the commit, or coloring of the issue number directly in the log message itself
    • When showing all log messages, an extra column is added with the issue number. You can immediately see to which issue the commit belongs to.
    • Issue numbers are converted into links which open the webbrowser directly on the corresponding issue
    • Optional warning if a commit isn't assigned to an issue number
  • Helpful Tools
  • Available in many languages
  • TortoiseSVN is stable
    • Before every release, we create one or more "release candidates" for adventurous people to test first.
    • During development cycles, many people test intermediate builds. These are built every night automatically and made available to all our users. This helps finding bugs very early so they won't even get into an official release.
    • A big user community helps out with testing each build before we release it.
    • A custom crash report tool is included in every TortoiseSVN release which helps us fix the bugs much faster, even if you can't remember exactly what you did to trigger it.