May 052011

It can get pretty tricky to correctly rename a project in Visual Studio so that you can correctly commit the change back to Subversion. I always run into trouble with it, and so I’m recording the steps here so I don’t have to keep repeating the same mistakes.

  • Remove the project from the solution.
  • Use the Subversion Rename command to change the project’s folder to the desired name.
  • Use the Subversion Rename command to change the .csproj file to the desired name.
  • Add the project back to the solution.
  • Go to project’s Properties, and adjust Assembly Name and Default Namespace to match.
  • In code files, fix namespaces to match new name. If you own Resharper, you can select the project in Solution Explorer, and go to Resharper > Refactor > Adjust Namespaces and it will take care of it for you.
  • Rebuild the solution, and test to make sure you didn’t inadvertently FUBAR everything.
  • Commit to Subversion.


  3 Responses to “Rename Visual Studio project in Subversion”

  1. In case you are too lazy to do all these steps manually, there is a tool (prototype) I wrote exactly for this task. Also supports subversion for now. Check out


  2. Interesting stuff Norman thanks for the link. If I ever end up needing to rename a bunch of projects again I will check out your tool.

  3. The version I have I can just rename the project or solution in the IDE. When I commit it just deletes the old name and adds the new one.

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