Change Subclipse (SVN) authentication and certificate in Windows XP

Since we rely on VMWare images to do our development we have run into this issue several times. After cloning a virtual image for a new developer you discover that your Subversion credentials are still saved in Eclipse or Rational Application Developer ((aka RAD) aka WSAD). To handle this we added a step in our cloning procedure to clear out save credentials so the next developer can enter their own. If you find yourself wondering how you could change your username, password and certificate for Subclipse you may find this helpful.

Change Subclipse authentication and certificate:

  1. Close Eclipse or RAD/WSAD
  2. Navigate to the following directory replacing {User} with your Windows logon id.
    C:\Documents and Settings\{User}\Application Data\Subversion
  3. Delete all files under the Subversion directory
  4. Open Eclipse or RAD/WSAD
  5. Synchronize with your SVN repository
  6. If prompted click Accept Permanently to trust the certificate
  7. When prompted enter your Subverion user id and password

18 Responses to “Change Subclipse (SVN) authentication and certificate in Windows XP”

  1. 1 Md Kamaruzzaman December 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I have faced some problem to change the username in subversion. Then I followed the steps you have written and everything is working fine

  2. 2 Amos June 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Worked like a charm, saved me a lot of time. thx!

  3. 3 Thx June 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    saved some of my heair not getting gray;) (so there are still some black oens left)

  4. 4 krsna June 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Very useful tip !! Thanks for publishing.

  5. 6 necati October 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    thanks a lot!!

  6. 7 Plamka April 9, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Thank, at first i tried to delete the .keyring file 😦
    After deleting the subversion folder i could change my password again 🙂
    Thank a lot!

  7. 8 Bluewake May 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Excellent tip, many thanks!

  8. 9 Shaikh Sonny Aman September 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Adobe Flash Builder 4, Mac OsX 10.6:

    Close all eclipse instances.
    delete ~/.eclipse_keyring


  9. 10 Aymeric October 21, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Very clear and useful. Thank you!

  10. 11 perionjon January 19, 2011 at 3:30 am

    It worked well for me using STS (SpringSource Tool Suite).

    But for RAD7.5, I followed the same steps, but there is no popup to enter Subverion user id and password for Step 7. 😦

  11. 12 Maxime Mularz April 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm


    In my case Windows 7, Eclipse Helios:

    1/ Delete : /AppData/Roaming/Subversion/*
    2/ Delete : /eclipse/configuration/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.keyring


  12. 14 Matt Kenney July 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve been trying to fixed by subversion connection issue for a while now, and this finally did the trick. Many thanks.

  13. 15 Consequence July 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Thank u Maxime Mularz! Saved me a lot of time. This works for windows 7.

  14. 16 Hemachandra July 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Worked, Great

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