Subversion is a very popular version control system. As a result, subversion has a wide array of client tools which makes life difficult for us, the users. So we wanted to know what our readers actually use and here is the summary of their opinions.
Not surprisingly, close to 50% of them use the popular TortoiseSVN as their client.
The only limiting factor of this wildly popular tool is that it is available only for Windows.
Surprisingly, the second most popular choice for users is their IDE (like Eclipse, NetBeans etc). 30% users are satisfied with the support provided by their IDE. I hope this user base will only increase in future as the IDEs offer more sophisticated support not just for Subversion but also for other popular version control systems.
But there are some limiting factor in using the IDE as the Subversion client. The support, in most cases (atleast in NetBeans), is limited to only the projects you are working from the IDE. That’s where the third popular Subversion client comes into picture.
The third choice of the users is the Subversion command line client which comes bundled with Subversion.
To be frank, the command line client is what all you need with the only limiting factor being it’s “command line” nature . Whenever the tool you use falls short in certain scenarios, the command line client can be your life saver. 14% of users vow by the Subversion command line client and I believe most of them are Linux users.
RapidSVN comes at the distant fourth garnering only 5% of votes.
I have used SmartSVN for a while and I would say it’s almost on par with TortoiseSVN. The biggest advantage of SmartSVN is it’s cross platform nature while the biggest drawback is that it’s not opensource. NautilusSVN has big potential as it attempts to become the TortoiseSVN for linux.
Thanks for everyone who participated in the poll “What is your favourite Subversion client?”
If you use any other Subversion client, please let us know.
Read more about Subversion at the dedicated SolitaryGeek Subversion category.