Install SVN Server on Ubuntu and Test it with Tortoise

Execute the following commands to update the Ubuntu repository list and install apache + svn.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install subversion apache2 libapache2-svn apache2-utils

*If asked type Y (Yes). If you have trouble updating check your internet connection, proxy, try update fix-missing etc.

Create your repository folder in this case /svn/repos/

sudo mkdir -p /svn/repos/

Create your repository in SVN

sudo svnadmin create /svn/repos/myrepo

Give permisions to apache to access your newly created folder.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /svn/repos/myrepo

Create a apache configuration file for the repository. (Use your favorite ubuntu editor, nano, vi, etc). In this example in folder /etc/apache2/sites-available a file named myrepo-svnrepo.conf is created

sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/myrepo-svnrepo.conf
<Location /svn>
DAV svn
SVNParentPath /svn/repos/
SVNListParentPath On
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Repositorio Subversion del proyecto"
AuthUserFile /etc/svnpasswd
Require valid-user

*If you used vi exit and save pressing ESC :wq! Now, Activate repository

sudo a2ensite myrepo-svnrepo

Restart Apache

sudo service apache2 reload

Create your first user

sudo htpasswd -cm /etc/svnpasswd user1

*Now you will be asked to intro a password for the new user. CAUTION: If you execute this command again (-c) all users will be removed.

To create more users use the following command

sudo htpasswd -m /etc/svnpasswd user2

Check out that everything is working fine. Use your web browser to the SVNserver IP-

http://[  MY SVN SERVER IP  ]/svn/ 

* If you see a similar image to this means that everything is installed correctly. If you want to double check that everything is working well you need to install a SVN client, such us Tortoise, Eclipse, Netbeans, RabbitVCS, etc. If you can’t see this check out if you missed on of the previous steps, your machine connectivity, permissions, whether you had installed a previous Apache version, etc.




Once you have successfully installed Tortoise for Windows.

  • Create a folder and call it “repo”. Right-Click  on your desk or on your Windows file explorer and you should have the SVN checkout option.
  • In”URL of repository” use the previously used URL plus your repository name e.g.”myrepo”
  • Click OK
  • Create a file inside this folder. e.g. right-click create new text doc and name it “pueba.txt”
  • Right-click on the newly created file SVN tortoise->add to repository
    *With this we marked the file to be added to the repository
  • Right-click and commit the file

NOTE: Intro the one previously created valid user and password when needed. To double check that everything is committed to the repository go to your  URL


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