Comparison of Subversion clients

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A comparison of Subversion clients includes various aspects of computer software implementations of the client role using the client–server model of the Subversion revision control system.


TortoiseSVN, a Windows shell extension, gives feedback on the state of versioned items by adding overlays to the icons in the Windows Explorer. Repository commands can be executed from the enhanced context menu provided by Tortoise.

SmartSVN provides a similar Explorer integration, but also can be used as a standalone SVN client for different platforms. SmartSVN is available in three different editions: A free Foundation edition with fewer features and two commercial editions called Professional and Enterprise with the full feature set.

Some programmers prefer to have a client integrated within their development environment. Such environments may provide visual feedback of the state of versioned items and add repository commands to the menus of the development environment. Examples of this approach include AnkhSVN, and VisualSVN for use with Microsoft Visual Studio, and Eclipse Subversive[1] [2] for use with Eclipse Platform IDEs. Delphi XE Subversion integration is built into the Delphi integrated development environment.

It is common to expose Subversion via WebDAV using the Apache web server. In this case, any WebDAV client can be used, but the functionality provided this way may be limited. Alternative ways to serve Subversion include uberSVN and VisualSVN Server.

Subversion clients comparison table[edit]

Name Programming language, toolkit Operating system License Integration Languages Network protocols Current version Last release date Server functionality Visualization
AnkhSVN C#, SharpSvn Microsoft Windows Apache License Microsoft Visual Studio (all editions except Express) English http, https, svn, svn+ssh, file 2.9.87 November 9, 2021;
9 months ago
No Diff, blame, history, properties
eSvn C++, Qt Unix-like operating systems (Linux distributions, FreeBSD, Sun Solaris and others), Mac OS X and Windows GPL GUI, standalone (like WinCVS, Cervisia) English http, svn 0.6.12 For *nix OSs: July 16, 2007;
15 years ago
 (2007-07-16).[4] For Windows: July 12, 2007;
15 years ago
No ?
PixelNovel Timeline C++ Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Free if used with PixelNovel web storage, 30-day trial with commercial upgrade otherwise Adobe Photoshop English svn 1.0 July 7, 2009;
13 years ago
? ?
QSvn C++, Qt Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows GPL GUI, standalone (like WinCVS) English 0.8.3 July 26, 2009;
13 years ago
No ?
RabbitVCS Python, GTK+ Linux GPL Nautilus, Thunar, Gedit, CLI ca, cs, de, en, es, fa, fr, he, hr, it, ja, nb, nl, pl, pt, ro, ru, sk, sl, sv, zh_CN http, https, svn, svn+ssh, file 0.18 [8] February 12, 2020;
2 years ago
? ?
RapidSVN C++, wxWidgets Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Solaris, many more GPL GUI, standalone Unicode, many 0.12.1 June 28, 2012;
10 years ago
No External
SubTile XUL, JavaScript Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows (Any with Xulrunner or Firefox) GPL, Mozilla Public License, Apache License GUI, standalone English http, https, svn, svn+ssh 0.2.201505204 May 1, 2017;
5 years ago
No Diff, merge, revision graph
SVN Notifier C# Microsoft Windows GPL GUI, standalone. It needs TortoiseSVN installed. English http, https, svn, svn+ssh, file 1.9.3 June 25, 2012;
10 years ago
? ?
TortoiseSVN C++, MFC Microsoft Windows (32/64-bit) GPL Windows Shell (Explorer) 54 languages (including english)[12] http, https, svn, svn+ssh, file, svn+XXX 1.14.1 February 10, 2021;
17 months ago
Yes Diff, merge, Revision Tree, blame
Trac Python Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Modified BSD web-based 33 languages (including english)[14] file 1.2.4[15] July 17, 2019;
3 years ago
Yes Log
ViewVC Python http, https "two-clause Berkeley-style" web-based English http, https, svn, svn+ssh, file 1.2.1 March 26, 2020;
2 years ago
? Diff, annotation, blame, revision graph
VisualSVN Microsoft Windows (32/64-bit) proprietary Microsoft Visual Studio (all editions except Express) English http, https, svn, svn+ssh, file 7.3.0 October 6, 2020;
22 months ago
Yes ?
Xcode Objective-C, Cocoa macOS Proprietary, free[19] Xcode IDE English 9.4.1
Support for SVN was dropped in Xcode 10
June 19, 2018;
4 years ago
? ?

Standalone Subversion clients comparison table[edit]

Client name Free Network protocols Diff Merge Browse remote repository
eSvn Yes http, svn ? ? ?
QSvn Yes Yes ? ?
RapidSVN Yes internal internal Yes
SubTile Yes http, https, svn, svn+ssh Yes Yes Yes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cei, Ugo; Lucidi, Piergiorgio (2010). Alfresco 3 Web Services. Packt Publishing Ltd. p. n.p. ISBN 9781849511537. Retrieved 2013-03-04. In Eclipse, for instance, you will have to install one of the existing Subversion plugins, such as Subversive [...]
  2. ^ "Eclipse Subversive - Subversion (SVN) Team Provider | the Eclipse Foundation".
  3. ^ AnkhSVN Releases at GitHub
  4. ^ eSvn - Browse /eSvn/0.6.12 at
  5. ^ eSvn - Browse /eSvn/0.6.11 at
  6. ^ Press Room - PixelNovel - innovative tools for Adobe Photoshop users, such as version control for Photoshop and a Photoshop plugin for exporting photos to Flickr Archived 2012-07-12 at
  7. ^ PixelNovel Timeline Released - Press Release -PixelNovel - innovative tools for Adobe Photoshop users, such as version control for Photoshop and a Photoshop plugin for exportin... Archived 2012-07-13 at
  8. ^ "RabbitVCS v0.18 Released « RabbitVCS".
  9. ^ "RabbitVCS v0.18 Released « RabbitVCS".
  10. ^ SubTile Project
  11. ^*checkout*/svnnotifier/trunk/ReleaseNotes.txt[bare URL plain text file]
  12. ^ TortoiseSVN localization
  13. ^ TortoiseSVN Downloads - Current Version
  14. ^ TracL10N - Localization of Trac
  15. ^ Trac Changelog
  16. ^ Trac Changelog
  17. ^ ViewVC Changelog at GitHub
  18. ^ VisualSVN | Version History
  19. ^ Xcode on the Mac App Store