SnailSVN is a TortoiseSVN-like Apache Subversion (SVN) client, implemented as a Finder extension.

SnailSVN allows you to access the most frequently used SVN features via the Finder context menu (right click).

SnailSVN also adds icon overlays to your SVN working copies in Finder. It tracks your SVN working copies and updates the icon overlays automatically, giving you visual feedback of the current state of your working copies.

In a few steps, you can start using SnailSVN Lite easily:
1. Enable "SnailSVN Lite Extension" in "System Preferences » Extensions".
2. Checkout a SVN working copy with SnailSVN (File » SVN Checkout...) or add an existing SVN working copy to SnailSVN Lite.
3. Navigate to your working copy in Finder and right click to access SnailSVN functionalities.


Q: What's the difference between SnailSVN Lite and SnailSVN full version?
A: SnailSVN Lite supports only one working copy, but SnailSVN full version supports unlimited working copies. If you are working on multiple SVN working copies, please purchase SnailSVN full version (search for "SnailSVN" on the Mac App Store).

Q: There is no icon overlays / context menu for the files?
A: Please make sure that you've enabled "SnailSVN Lite Extension" in "System Preferences » Extensions", and also make sure that you've added the working copy to SnailSVN Lite Preferences.
If your SVN working copy is monitored by multiple Finder extensions, please make sure that SnailSVN Lite Extension comes first in "System Preferences » Extensions » Finder", you can drag and drop the extensions to adjust the order.
If the problem persists, please disable "SnailSVN Lite Extension" in "System Preferences » Extensions" and then enable it again. The last resort is to relaunch Finder or restart your computer.

Q: What kind of URL schemes does SnailSVN Lite support?
A: SnailSVN Lite supports the following URL schemes:
• http://
• https://
• svn://
• svn+ssh://
• file://

Q: How to mark multiple files as checked in the SVN commit window?
A: Please select the files you would like to commit, right click and select "Mark as selected" from the context menu.

Q: Does SnailSVN work well with other SVN clients?
A: SnailSVN should work with any kinds of SVN clients that is compatible with Subversion 1.7.x, 1.8.x or 1.9.x, from the command line client to the GUI apps.

Q: Does SnailSVN work for file managers other than Finder?
A: SnailSVN is primarily a Finder extension, so it is likely that it will not work for other file managers.

What’s New

Version 1.9.8

• Optimize SnailSVN Finder extension
• Update the SVN 1.7.x binaries

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

eric90066 ,

Perhaps the best for Mac, which is not saying much

I was able to get this app to work, but it took all day. Frequent crashes, errors and issues had me close to going back to tortoise svn on my pc. I was hoping snail was as good as that program,but I was wrong. One of the main issues that seems to be so obvious, there does not appear to be a way to committ a single file or folder or group of files. For whatever reason, large commits cause crashes, so I attempted to reduce the number of files per commit, but there is no obvious way to do that. You can only select all or none or check the box for each individual file or folder to transfer. In some cases we are talking hundreds or thousands of files. Couldn’t the delevoper figure out a better way to select files? Just highlight the files you want and then have a check box that will allow you to selected just those files in the commit? What do I know — I’m not a developer but that would seem obvious. The real fault here is the Mac OS. I suppose everyone is using git these days so that laugh is on those of us who are still using svn on a Mac.

sicolex ,

Hard to Use

Hard to Use. "git svn" is a better solution (I am a Git fan)

NamDo66 ,

Good app/Diff broken in latest version

If you like TortoiseSVN on Windows, this is a good replacement for it in Mac. It works well for me … except that with the update to Version 1.1, Diff is no longer working. Pshaw.


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