TortoiseSVN Force UTF-8

To prevent commits with not valid UTF-8 files in it you may create pre_commit_hook in your TortoiseSVN and from now on do not worry about encodings.

The trick is to check is file is valid utf8 one. In linux there is isutf8 utility which checks file in pretty nice way - it compares raw bytes in file with bytes its retrieve while reading file as utf8 one - if they are same - then file is valid.

Setup pre commit hook

Right click on your repository, navigate to TortoiseSVN \ Settings \ Hook Scripts and press Add…

TortoiseSVN Settings

Hook Type: Pre-Commit Hook

Working Copy Path: Path to your repository, e.g.: C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop\Sample

Command Line To Execute: powershell -executionpolicy bypass -file C:\Users\Alexandr\Desktop\ForceUTF8.ps1

Check Wait for the script to finish and Hide the script while running checkboxes

TortoiseSVN Adding Pre Commit Hook

Force UTF8

Here is ForceUTF8.ps1:

$errors = 0

Get-Content -Path $args[0] | %{
    if(Test-Path $_) {
        $bytes1 = Get-Content -Path $_ -Encoding Byte -Raw
        $bytes2 = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes((Get-Content -Path $_ -Encoding UTF8 -Raw))

        if(Compare-Object $bytes1 $bytes2) {
            Write-Error $_
            $errors += 1

exit $errors

As first argument $args[0] to our script we retrieve path to temporary file that contains file paths that are going to be commited.

We are checking each file to be valid UTF-8, and if its not, we are writing then to stderr and returning non zero exit code.

From now one if you will try to commit non utf8 files you will get something like this:

TortoiseSVN Pre Commit Hook Error Message

Powershell check is there non UTF-8 files

Get-ChildItem -Path C:\Rabota.UA\trunk\Proj1, C:\Rabota.UA\trunk\Proj2 -Recurse -Include *.master, *.ascx, *.aspx, *.cs, *.ashx -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | %{
    $Bytes1 = Get-Content -Path $_.FullName -Encoding Byte -Raw
    $Bytes2 = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes((Get-Content -Path $_.FullName -Encoding UTF8 -Raw))

    # UTF-8 with BOM
    if($Bytes1[0] -eq 239 -and $Bytes1[1] -eq 187 -and $Bytes1[2] -eq 191) {
        $Bytes1 = $Bytes1 | select -Skip 3

    # No valid UTF-8
    if(Compare-Object $Bytes1 $Bytes2) {
        Write-Host $Path