How To Install Apache SVN on Linux Mint 19 / Linux Mint 18
Subversion, widely known as SVN, is open source version control system used for storing the historical changes of source file and documents and manages it over a period of time.
This post helps you to setup SVN on Linux Mint 19 / Linux Mint 18.
Update the repository index.
sudo apt-get update
Here we will install Apache server as a web server for the SVN repository.
sudo apt-get install -y apache2 apache2-utils
Verify the Apache web server by visiting
Install Apache Subversion
Once the Apache is installed, issue the following command to install subversion.
sudo apt-get install -y subversion subversion-tools libapache2-mod-svn
Configure Apache Subversion
Once the installation is done, you can start to create repositories as per the requirements. In my case, I am creating /svn as the base and will create the repository in it.
sudo mkdir /svn
Create the repository called “testrepo”.
sudo svnadmin create /svn/testrepo
Change the permission of the repository in such a way that Apache can read and write.
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /svn/testrepo/
Configure virtual host in Apache.
sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dav_svn.conf
Place the following content.
<Location /svn> DAV svn SVNParentPath /svn AuthType Basic AuthName "Subversion Repository" AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd Require valid-user </Location>
Create a password file for the user. Replace raj with your username.
sudo htpasswd -cm /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd raj
Restart the apache server.
sudo service apache2 restart
Access the SVN using the browser, URL will be
You will be asked to enter the username and password.
Upon successful login, contents will be listed as below.
Check out the files contained within the repository to the testing directory, create a directory called svncheckout.
mkdir svncheckout svn checkout http://192.168.1.10/svn/testrepo --username raj svncheckout/
The output will be like below.
You can create some test files in the checkout directory.
cd svncheckout/ touch checkout1.txt touch checkout2.txt
Add the files for committing.
svn add checkout1.txt checkout2.txt
A checkout1.txt A checkout2.txt
Commit the added files.
svn commit -m 'First Revision'
Adding checkout1.txt Adding checkout2.txt Transmitting file data ..done Committing transaction... Committed revision 1.
Committed files can be viewed in the browser.
That All. You can also use SVN clients such as TortoiseSVN for windows and RapidSVN for Linux.