How do you remove Subversion control for a folder?


I have a folder, c:\websites\test, and it contains folders and files that were checked out from a repository that no longer exists. How do I get Subversion to stop tracking that folder and any of the subfolders and files?

I know I could simply delete the .svn folder, but there are a lot of sub-folders in many layers.

2/24/2012 1:14:58 PM

Accepted Answer

Also, if you are using TortoiseSVN, just export to the current working copy location and it will remove the .svn folders and files.

Updated Answer for Subversion 1.7:
In Subversion 1.7 the working copy has been revised extensively. There is only one .svn folder, located in the base of the working copy. If you are using 1.7, then just deleting the .svn folder and its contents is an easy solution (regardless of using TortoiseSVN or command line tools).

4/5/2012 12:14:34 PM

Try svn export.

You should be able to do something like this:

svn export /path/to/old/working/copy /path/to/plain/code

And then just delete the old working copy.

TortoiseSVN also has an export feature, which behaves the same way.


If you are running Windows then you can do a search on that folder for .svn and that will list them all. Pressing Ctrl + A will select all of them and pressing delete will remove all the 'pesky' Subversion stuff.


On Linux the command is:

svn delete --keep-local file_name

I found that you don't even need to copy to a temporary location. You can do a

svn export --force .

and the .svn files will be removed in situ, leaving the other files as is. Very convenient and less prone to clutter.


Without subshells in Linux to delete .svn folders:

find . -name .svn -exec rm -r -f {} +

rm = remove
-r = recursive (folders)
-f = force, avoids a lot of "a your sure you want to delete file XY".

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