TortoiseSVN – Change User After Save Authentication

When you first access your SVN repository you are given the option to save your authentication information.   Nice feature, right?   Well, what if you need to access the repository via different credentials?  image

Here’s the trick:

  1. Right-click on the root folder
  2. Select TortoiseSVN
  3. Select Settings
  4. Navigated to Saved Data
  5. Clear the stored Authentication Data

The next time you need to access the repository, you will be prompted for your new credentials.


  1. Unfortunately, this wipes out all saved credentials for all repositories. If you only want to clear one of them, you’ll need to go digging a little deeper.

    For example, on my system (XP), the credentials are located here:

    C:\Documents and Settings\Brad\Application Data\Subversion\auth\svn.simple\

    The files in that folder are viewable in your favorite text editor. You won’t be able to edit them, but it will tell you the repo location and username which should be enough to positively identify the one you want. Once you’ve found it, just delete that file.

  2. how do i find the username and password for the authentication/??
    plzzz help!

    ive been trying to get this to work for hours but i cant
    i dont even know what the user or pass is

  3. This didn’t work on TortoiseSVN 1.6.16 Build 21511 – 64 bit

    While it does gray the box after clearing the saved data, TortoiseSVN did not prompt for username and password when I tried to create a new repository.

    It just said “target machine actively refused connection”.

    Any ideas?

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