How do you move a file?


I'm using TortoiseSVN against the SourceForge SVN repository. I'd like to move a file from one folder to another in order to maintain its revision history. Is this possible? If so, how do you do it?

(My current strategy has been to copy the file into the new folder and check it in and then delete the file from the current folder.)

This question is tagged with svn tortoisesvn

~ Asked on 2008-09-05 15:45:53

13 Answers


Subversion has native support for moving files.


See the online help (svn help move) for more information.

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:46:55


Check out section 5.14.2. Moving files and folders (or check out "move" in the Index of the help) of the TortoiseSVN help. You do a move via right-dragging. It also mentions that you need to commit from the parent folder to make it "one" revision. This works for doing the change in a working copy.

(Note that the SVN items in the following image will only show up if the destination folder has already been added to the repository.)

tortoise move menu

You can also do the move via the Repo Browser (section 5.23. The Repository Browser of the help).

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:51:29


With TortoiseSVN I just move the file on disk.

When I come to commit my changes I select the missing file and the new one and select "Repair move" from the right click menu:

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This means I can let my IDE move round files and use it refactoring tools without losing history.

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 16:01:23


In TortoiseSVN right click somewhere and go TortoiseSVN > Repo Browser open the repository.

All you then have to do is drag and drop the file from one folder to the where you want it. It'll ask you to add a commit message and it defaults it to "Moved file/folder remotely"

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:51:47


Using TortoiseSVN I just right-click and drag the folder from one location to another. When you release the right-click you'll have the option to "SVN Move Version File." However, I believe that SVN doesn't do anything "fancy" there, but simply deletes the file in the previous location and Adds it to the new location.

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:49:42


For TortoiseSVN client:

  1. Select the files you wish to move,
  2. Right click and drag the files to the folder you wish to move them to,
  3. A window will popup after you release the drag and drop on a folder. Click "SVN Move versioned item(s) here",
  4. After you click the above the commit window message box will appear. Enter a message and submit.

Now you are done.

~ Answered on 2010-09-28 08:50:37


Cut file via operating system context menu as you usually do, then instead of doing regular paste, right click to bring context menu, then choose TortoiseSVN -> Paste (make sure you commit from root to include both old and new files in the commit).

~ Answered on 2014-09-04 08:07:03


i think in the svn browser in tortoisesvn you can just drag it from one place to another.

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:47:15


Since you're using Tortoise you may want to check out this link on LosTechies. It should be almost exactly what you are looking for.

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:50:10


May also be called, "rename" by tortoise, but svn move, is the command in the barebones svn client.

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:48:20


If I'm not wrong starting from version 1.5 SVN can track moved files\folders. In TortoiseSVN use can move file via drag&drop.

~ Answered on 2008-09-05 15:48:13


Transferring a file using TortoiseSVN:

Step:1 Please Select the files which you want to move, Right-click and drag the files to the folder which you to move them to, A window will popup after follow the below instruction

SVN option

Step 2: After you click the above the commit the file as below mention

SVN Commit

~ Answered on 2019-06-13 11:23:10


If you are moving folders via Repository Browser, then there is no Move option on right-click; the only way is to drag and drop.

~ Answered on 2012-07-12 14:54:43

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