Redirect the upgrade check

TortoiseSVN checks if there's a new version available every few days. If there is a newer version available, a notification is shown in the commit dialog.

Figure C.1. The commit dialog, showing the upgrade notification

The commit dialog, showing the upgrade notification

If you're responsible for a lot of users in your domain, you might want your users to use only versions you have approved and not have them install always the latest version. You probably don't want that upgrade notification to show up so your users don't go and upgrade immediately.

Versions 1.4.0 and later of TortoiseSVN allow you to redirect that upgrade check to your intranet server. You can set the registry key HKCU\Software\TortoiseSVN\UpdateCheckURL (string value) to an URL pointing to a text file in your intranet. That text file must have the following format:
A new version of TortoiseSVN is available for you to download!

The first line in that file is the version string. You must make sure that it matches the exact version string of the TortoiseSVN installation package. The second line is a custom text, shown in the commit dialog. You can write there whatever you want. Just note that the space in the commit dialog is limited. Too long messages will get truncated! The third line is the URL to the new installation package. This URL is opened when the user clicks on the custom message label in the commit dialog. You can also just point the user to a web page instead of the MSI file directly. The URL is opened with the default web browser, so if you specify a web page, that page is opened and shown to the user. If you specify the MSI package, the browser will ask the user to save the MSI file locally.