Overview #

TortoiseSVN is an Apache Subversion (SVN) client, implemented as a Windows shell extension. It’s intuitive and easy to use, and doesn’t require the Subversion command line client to run.

This article will walk you through the steps to install TortoiseSVN on your computer.

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Installing TortoiseSVN #

1. Downloading TortoiseSVN #

Download the latest version of TortoiseSVN, and save the installer file to your computer.

Download TortoiseSVN

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2. Installing TortoiseSVN #

Next, you need to open the folder where you saved the file, and double-click the installer file. A security warning window will open, asking if you want to run this file. Click Run to start the installation process.

TortoiseSVN Open File Warning Screen

You will now see the welcome screen, which will confirm the version of TortoiseSVN that you are going to install. Click Next to continue.

TortoiseSVN Installation Welcome Screen

The next screen you are presented with is the End-User License Agreement (EULA). Read the agreement, check the radio button next to I accept the terms in the License Agreement, then click Next to continue the installation.

TortoiseSVN End-User License Agreement Screen

The Custom Setup screen will appear next. This screen will allow you to choose which components you would like to install. Unless you are dangerously low on disk space, you shouldn’t need to change anything. Click Next to continue.

TortoiseSVN Custom Setup Screen

Once the Confirm Installation screen appears, you are ready to start the installation process. Click Install to begin the process.

TortoiseSVN Confirm Installation Screen

The Installation Status screen will appear, which shows you the status of the installation process. Once the progress bar is completely green, click Next.

TortoiseSVN Installation Status Screen

The Installation Complete screen will now appear. Congratulations, you have now installed TortoiseSVN. Click Finish to complete the installation.

TortoiseSVN Installation Complete Screen

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3. Configuring TortoiseSVN #

TortoiseSVN adds a few items to your context menu during installation, including a way to access the settings panel. To review and change any of the default settings, right-click inside any folder, go to TortoiseSVN, then select Settings in the submenu.

TortoiseSVN Settings Menu Screen

The first screen you see is for the General Settings. You can change your language, configure system sounds, and check for updates.

TortoiseSVN General Settings Screen

Select Context Menu under General in the settings tree on the left side of the window. You can now choose which items will appear on the first-level context menu. The items you will be using often when contributing patches to WordPress will be Checkout, Update, Show log, Repo-browser, Create Patch, and Apply Patch.

TortoiseSVN Context Menu Settings Screen

More information about the settings can be found in the Settings section of the TortoiseSVN documention.

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Next Steps #