Project Settings

The project settings affect the behavior of various SVN commands. Contrary to the global preferences (see Preferences), the project settings only apply to an individual project. You can edit the settings of the currently opened project via Project|Settings.

The top of the dialog shows the Root Paths for the current project. Use Change to modify these paths to, for example, add other root directories, or to change a root directory after the corresponding SVN working copy has been moved on your local disk.

Text File Encoding

The text file encoding affects only the presentation of file contents, for instance when comparing a file and it will only be used if for the file itself no charset has been specified by its MIME-Type property . The text file encoding settings are not relevant for SVN operations itself, which generally work only on the byte-level.

With Use system’s default encoding, SmartSVN will automatically use the system’s default encoding when displaying files. When changing the system encoding later, the project settings are automatically up-to-date.

Alternatively you can choose a fixed encoding with Use the following encoding.


The Scan settings specifies whether SmartSVN scans the Whole project or Only root directory when opening a project.

We recommend in general to use the Whole project option, because features like searching files in the table, etc. rely on having the whole project structure in memory. Nevertheless, when you are working with large projects, it can be necessary to scan the file structure only on demand to avoid high memory consumption.

Working Copy

The option (Re)set to Commit-Times after manipulating local files tells SmartSVN to always set a local file’s time to its internal SVN property commit-time. Especially in case of an updating command (see Updating), this option is convenient to get the actual change time of a file and not the local update time.

Apply auto-props from SVN ‘config’ file to added files tells SmartSVN to use the auto-props from the SVN ‘config’ file, which is located in the Subversion directory below your home directory. These auto-props will also override other project defaults, like Default EOL Style, explained below.

Global Ignores

The Global Ignores define global ignore patterns for files/directories which should in general be ignored within the current project. This is contrary to local ignores (see Ignore Patterns), which are only related to a specific directory.

  • You can completely deactivate Global Ignores by Deactivated
  • With Use from SVN ‘config’ file, the same ignore patterns will be used as by the command line client.
  • Independently of the command line client, you can enter your own patterns via Use following patterns. The Patterns are file name patterns, where ‘*’ and ‘?’ are wildcard symbols, interpreted in the usual way. This will override global ignores from the SVN ‘config’ file.

Binary Files

Choose Use MIME-type registry from SVN ‘config’ file to use the corresponding file which is also used by the command line client. Choose Use the following patterns to specify custom Patterns, for which matching files will always be added with binary MIME-type. The wildcard symbols ‘*’ and ‘?’ can be used in the usual way.

EOL Style

This option specifies the Default EOL-Style, which is used when adding a file (Add). For more details refer to EOL-Style.


Use When adding files, set ‘Needs Lock’ for to specify for which files the Needs Lock flag should be set when they are added. With No file, the ‘Needs Lock’ property will be set on no file. With Binary files the property will only be set on files which have been detected to have binary content. With Every file the property will be set on every file.

When committing files or directories, SmartSVN will scan for locked files. Choose here whether to suggest to Release Locks or to Keep Locks for those files on the ‘Locks’ page of the commit wizard.

Enable Automatically scan for locks and enter the corresponding interval in minutes to repeatedly refresh the files’ lock states. Refer to Refresh for details.

Keyword Subst.

This option specifies the Keyword Substitution default, which is used when adding a file (Add). For more details refer to Keyword Substitution.


By default, conflicting files will receive new extensions like ‘mine’ or ‘.r4711’. Here you can specify extensions which should be preserved in case of conflicts. Choose either Use from SVN ‘config’ file or Use following extensions and enter the file name Extensions which should be preserved.

Default Settings

Projects are created by various commands. For reasons of simplicity, in most of these cases, there is no configuration possibility for the corresponding project settings. Therefore you can specify default project settings (template settings), which will be applied to every newly created project. With Project|Default Settings you can configure the same properties as for a concrete project.