CodePlex launches support for TortoiseSVN

CodePlex launches support for TortoiseSVN

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CodePlex is now offering server support for SvnBridge, the tool that enables TortoiseSVN to talk to Team Foundation Server. Support for Subversion has been our number one requested feature, and by hosting SvnBridge, our users can now use their favorite Subversion client with any project.

What’s SvnBridge / TortoiseSVN / Subversion? What’s the big deal with server support?

Subversion is one of the most popular source code repositories in the open source community. TortoiseSVN is a Subversion client (similar to how Team Explorer is a client to Team Foundation Server) that is widely used among open source developers. We want TortoiseSVN users included in the CodePlex community, so we created SvnBridge to enable TortoiseSVN to work with Team Foundation Server.

SvnBridge illustration linking Team Foundation Server and TortoiseSVN

Our first versions of SvnBridge have required client-side installations, meaning that TortoiseSVN users first had to install and run SvnBridge prior to interacting with the CodePlex source code repository. Having to start the SvnBridge software prior to every session has been the primary cause of dissatisfaction with our TortoiseSVN support.

Starting today, TortoiseSVN will just work as illustrated below, no extra software is necessary to work with CodePlex.

Setting up TortoiseSVN to use CodePlex

For users experienced with using TortoiseSVN, it is as simple as knowing the URL to use.


Make sure you use HTTPS and replace <projectname> with the name of the project. See SVN Checkout below for illustration.

TortoiseSVN within Windows Explorer

When I first started using TortoiseSVN, I kept trying to find the GUI or “TortoiseSVN.exe” to launch. Try as I might, there was no executable to be found. It took me some time to accept the fact that TortoiseSVN merges itself into Windows Explorer. For those coming from a similar Microsoft background as I am, you’ll find yourself scratching your head if this is the first time you’ve seen source control commands within a Windows Explorer context menu.

Show Log command on TortoiseSVN within Windows Explorer

TortoiseSVN in Action

The following illustrations will walk through some of the basic operations of using TortoiseSVN. Since SvnBridge is an open source project itself on CodePlex, I’ll use it as the example project below.

The first thing to try is starting the Repo-browser, short for repository browser, which lets you see the files in source control. The URL for the SvnBridge project is Using TortoiseSVN, CodePlex supports anonymous access, so you won't be prompted for a login to see the files or for any other read-only activity. The Repo-browser is equivalent to the Source Control Explorer in Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer.

Repository Browser

Use SVN Checkout to download the source code for a project to your computer. You will see the checkout progress screen while the files are downloading. For Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer users, “Checkout” is equivalent to “Set Working Directory” and "Get Latest Version", and “HEAD” means “the latest version.”

TortoiseSVN Checkout

After the initial check-out is completed, you’ll see the finished checkout window.

Checkout Finished

The Show Log command displays the history for that particular file or folder. Just select the file you want more information on, right-click to bring up the context menu, and select the TortoiseSVN command.

Show Log

You can also check out Steven Harman’s blog post for an actual TortoiseSVN user’s write-up regarding SVNBridge support.

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  • Sara,

    Thanks for the response and the information.  Subsequent to my last comment here, and before you replied, I logged what I *think* may be a more serious issue.  The issue is titled "Unable to Apply Patch Created on Trunk to a Later Branch Using TortoiseSVN & Server Subversion Support" and I have posted it over here

    I have never seen this error before when using a real Subversion and TortoiseSVN (I have used Subversion and TortoiseSVN for several years) which is why I *think* it may be a bridge issue.  

    I was unable to glean much on the meaning of the error from the web.  I hope you guys will be able to shed some light on it for me as it is preventing me patching the branch.  Hopefully, it is user error that one of your gurus can pick me up on!


  • Hi all,

    Your best bet for questions or issues regarding SVNBridge is to go to the project on CodePlex:


  • 今后如果要签出CodePlex上面项目的原代码,不用再额外安装SvnBridge了,CodePlex开始正式支持TortoiseSVN接口进行版本控制,这对使用TortoiseSVN...

  • Good, now Mac developers can also use Codeplex...

  • I thought that The news is that you no longer need to run SvnBridge locally. End users get the "it just works with svn" experience right out of the box@

  • I already use svn/Tortiose, and git, and just didn't want to add Team Explorer to the mix. And running a local svnbridge was not an option either as my poor workstation@

  • Starting today, TortoiseSVN will just work as illustrated below, no extra software is necessary to work with CodePlex. I already use svn/Tortiose

  • Hello, good post. I have been curious about this particular issue,so thanks for writing. I will certainly be subscribing to your blog.<a href=" Christmas gifts </a>

  • i want to access my newly created project "%ProgramFiles%\TortoiseSVN\bin\TortoiseProc.exe" /command:repobrowser /notempfile /path:"%1"

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