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About Tortoise SVN

TortoiseSVN is free software for software developers (programmers). It helps programmers manage different versions of the source code for their programs.

Tortoise SVN is a Subversion client, implemented as a Microsoft Windows shell extension. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

In Windows Explorer, besides showing context menu items for Subversion commands, it also provides icon overlay that indicates the status of Subversion working copies.

TortoiseSVN won the SourceForge.net 2007 Community Choice Award for Best Tool or Utility for Developers.The TortoiseMerge utility comes with the TortoiseSVN distribution to visually compare differences between two files. It is available from the Tigris.org website.

TortoiseSVN can be integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio by using a third-party plugin such as VisualSVN, VsTortoise, and AnkhSVN. A third-party repository monitoring application using TortoiseSVN was named SVN-Monitor, and then evolved into Vercue in 2011.

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  • Desktop Windows

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  • 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
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  • TortoiseSVN is a simple, yet useful and customizable program designed to help you easily manage files and folders over time. Using it, you can view all the modifications that a file has suffered and recover previous versions of it.

  • There's plenty of version control functionality here, but some of it can be complex. Be prepared to spend some time figuring out how everything works

  • In general, Tortoise SVN is a very useful tool for programmers. Although working with it is not difficult at all, it does require at least basic background knowledge of programming. Therefore, it is particularly intended for advanced users.

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  • User review from

    Ezequiel Olea Figueroa

    Tortoise is a simple version control software that let you manage your repositories. These repositories are hosted on a server that you had to administrate and install the software there.

    It is very stable and easy to use, but if you are used to another version control software like Git, you will found that it changes the syntaxis of the actions. You don't have the push and pull actions, they are named differently.

    Also, it has an awesome tool to check your changes in the files, merge them or modify them right away.

    You have to install it on a server of your property to make it work

    Pros :

    The things I like the most of Tortoise is that:

    • You have it installed on your computer and add a lot of easy functionalities to your contextual menu. These options let you update your repositories, check for differences between files, clean your code or revert your changes.
    • It provides a very useful tool to see the changes between the file on the repository and the file in your computer. It also lets you make changes to both files.
    • You can see in a very graphic way what files you changed,created and deleted so you have full control of what you add to your repository.
    • It is free for both single developers or companies.

    Cons :

    There are not a bunch of things that I don't like of Tortoise, but some of them are:

    • It uses another name for the actions to your repository, and if you are using Github or Bitbucket, you can easily confuse.
    • You need a server for your origin repository, you can't host it in Tortoise platform.
    • It may take an awhile before you can master it.
    • The console tool is not so powerful like git .

    • June 3, 2016
  • User review from

    Luca Campanelli

    TortoiseSVN is a client that acts as a "graphical user interface" for versioning control, it is very easy to use and allows you to manage all revisions and changes that are made to files (is used mainly to make versioning sources for in development applications). To use this software, however, it is necessary and obligatory to have installed the program that deals with the server-side versioning management: SVN (Subversion).

    Pros :

    • I'm using this software every day in my company, and I use it to make versioning of the various SQL scripts that are processed and modified by our DBA team and to make the versioning of source code and packages.
    • The convenience of using TortoiseSVN is its strong point. Basically, this software integrates into the Windows pull-down menu (by clicking with the right mouse button on the file or folder concerned), all the possible functions used to perform operations versioning of files (such as Update, Commit, etc.).
    • Assuming you have a folder "X" that the user "U" has created ,while he is working on his files, we can create other files in the same folder (after updating the main folder) the user's files "U" will not be available until that the user will not make the commit of his work. -Once he commits we should do an update of the project to see its changes (downloading them locally on our PC), so we could now see his files, modify them at will, and then upload the same file by re-commit.
    • If the user "U" updates its project again, he will see our changes on its files.
    • Once files are updated, they will be marked with a green icon, but if our files are obsolete they will be marked with a red icon, another indicator ( a question mark) is displayed for files that have changed but we have not committed yet.
    • If an update is performed on a child folder, we will download only the latest versions of the files included in the child folder, if we execute the update on the parent folder, files in the parent folder and all child folders and files are updated.
    • We may also select (before completing the update) which files we want to download, and what we want to be excluded, the same applies to commit.

    Cons :

    • The program has no particular contraindications, furthermore without using TortoiseSVN, SVN would require a command-line usage.

    • February 27, 2016
  • User review from

    Sean Caruana

    I have used both Git and TortoiseSVN on many occasions, and while Git is traditionally the most popular approach for source control, TortoiseSVN has proven to be just as good, and even simpler to use in general. I have tried TortoiseSVN with C# applications in Visual Studio, and found that it integrates very well. This contrasts with Git, which usually needs an array of configurations and plugins to get it to work with Visual Studio - most of the time making use of Microsoft Team Explorer's interface. TortoiseSVN is overall very similar to Git, however, I have found that it is much easier to setup and hookup to your repositories. It also works very well with Visual Studio.

    Pros :

    • Works very well with Visual Studio. - Much simpler to setup than Git and some other source control providers.
    • Supports a number of repositories, both cloud-based and LAN-based.
    • There is no need to do any command-line work, as it integrates with Visual Studio very easily, so all options are present within the IDE itself. This is different to Git, which is mainly a command-line tool, although GUI versions do exist.

    Cons :

    • I have had issues when committing in the past. Sometimes the software reports that a commit would have failed, without providing any more details. Rolling back to a previous version, carrying out the same exact changes and then committing again usually solve the issue. I have never experienced this with Git or other source control providers.

    • September 9, 2015
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