How to install Subversion on Linux

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Use apt-get or yum to install Subversion.

apt-get install subversion
yum install subversion


Subversion may not be able to start if the /var/svn directory does not exist. Create the /var/svn directory.

mkdir /var/svn


Start and enable Subversion.

systemctl enable svnserve
systemctl start svnserve


The svnserve command can then be used to view the version of Subversion that was installed.

svnserve --version



It is very common to interact with Subversion over HTTP. To do this, use apt-get or yum to install HTTPD web server and the Subversion module.

apt-get install httpd mod_dav_svn
yum install httpd mod_dav_svn


Edit the /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d/10-subversion.conf file, and add the following markup.

Alias /svn /var/www/svn
<Location /svn>
   DAV svn
   SVNParentPath /var/www/svn/
   AuthType Basic
   AuthName "Subversion repositories"
   AuthUserFile /etc/svn-auth-users
   Require valid-user


Since /var/www/svn was set as the Subversion parent directory, create the /var/www/svn directory.

mkdir /var/www/svn


Create a repository. In this example, the repository is named "repo" and apache is the owner of "repo".

cd /var/www/svn/
svnadmin create repo
chown -R apache.apache repo/


Create a user that will be allowed access.

htpasswd -cm /etc/svn-auth-users john.doe


If SELinux is enabled, issue the following commands so that SELinux permits access to the repository.

chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /var/www/svn/repo
chcon -R -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /var/www/svn/repo


If firewalld is enabled, issue the following commands to allow HTTP and HTTPS in the firewall.

firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=https
firewall-cmd --reload


Start and enable the HTTPD web server.

systemctl enable httpd
systemctl restart httpd


You should now be able to view your empty repostiory at http://<hostname of your server>/svn/repo.


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