Poll Results: Which Subversion Client Do You Use?

There’s no shortage of clients for Apache Subversion, each with its own combination of functionality, integration capabilities, and target platforms. But which client is the most popular with the SVN community? We recently ran a poll to find out and, after getting a great response, the results are in and there’s a clear winner…

Over 60% of respondents said they used TortoiseSVN, an SVN client for the Windows operating system.

It’s easy to see why TortoiseSVN is so popular with the community: not only does its context-sensitive menu integrate seamlessly with Windows shell, but it allows users to see the status of their files at a glance, thanks to its handy icon overlays. And, of course, just like Subversion it’s an established open source project with the option of professional support, for those who need some extra help with their implementation.

The poll also revealed the popularity of Subversion clients in general, with less than 5% of respondents saying they do not use a client.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our poll and if there’s a question you’d like to pose to the Subversion community, don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas and we’ll try to feature them in future polls.

If you want to find out more about what TortoiseSVN has to offer, why not take a look at our ‘Top Ten Reasons To Try TortoiseSVN’ blog post? If you want to find out what all the fuss is about for yourself, we also have a handy starter guide: ‘How to Install TortoiseSVN and Make Your First Repository Change.’

2 Responses to “Poll Results: Which Subversion Client Do You Use?”


  • How about providing more details about the rest of the data that was collected. For example, you state that TortoiseSVN is the most popular client on Windows, which is an interesting statistic, but it provides very little value to anyone who works on Linux or a Mac. How about providing the names of the most popular clients broken down by platform as a start. Thanks

  • Hi Craig,

    Thanks for your comment! We didn’t ask respondents to specify what platform they were using, so TortoiseSVN wasn’t just the most popular client for Windows – it was the most popular client amongst the participants. Of the other clients mentioned Subclipse, SmartGit and SmartSVN are cross-platform and AnkhSVN is Windows, so from the results we can assume that Subsclipse is the most popular Linux client amongst those surveyed.

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