It's possible to use 'svn propget' on a URL with ra_file or ra_dav, but with ra_svn it returns no results, even when properties are there. $ svnadmin create /tmp/repos $ svn co file:///tmp/repos wc Checked out revision 0. $ cd wc $ svn pset foo bar . property 'foo' set on '.' $ svn commit -m 'blah' Sending . Committed revision 1. $ svn pget foo file:///tmp/repos bar $ svnserve -d $ svn pget foo svn://localhost/tmp/repos $ svn plist also seems to have the same problem.