Configure HTTPD web server with Subversion

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This assume you have already installed Subversion.

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 user that will be allowed access to the repository.

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


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 can now go to You will get 403 Forbidden. This is normal. If you get 403 Forbidden, then the web server is setup properly.

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