Getting Subversion

To install Subversion for the first time, you may be able to get a pre-built binary package for your operating system; visit the Packaged Distributions page to see if this option is available for you. If not, or if you prefer to build from a source release, then:

  1. Download the latest tarball distribution from the Source Releases Area.

  2. Build and install it according to the instructions in the INSTALL file in the top level of the distribution. You will end up with a 'svn' binary in the subversion/clients/cmdline/ directory (or installed in /usr/local/bin/, if you ran 'make install'.)

Now you have the latest released version of Subversion installed. Read the Subversion Book to learn how to use Subversion, and to see how it differs from CVS.

If you want stability, you can stop here, and just upgrade as new releases come out. If you prefer to stay current with Subversion development, then use your newly-installed Subversion client to check out a working copy of the master sources:

   $ svn co subversion

That will get you a new working copy directory named subversion/, containing the latest sources. (If you're behind a proxy or have problems with the checkout, see the proxy faq.) Read the INSTALL file for instructions on building in the working copy, which differs slightly from building a released tarball.

See the Warnings and Inconveniences Page for the most annoying bugs and their workarounds; see the Issue Tracker for a complete list of known bugs, and instructions on filing new bugs.

Contributing To The Project

To contribute to Subversion:

  • Join the developer community mailing lists: (see the Mailing Lists page.)

  • The Subversion project more-or-less abides by the guidelines used by the Apache APR project. Please review these.

  • After checking out a copy of the source as described above, read the file HACKING at the top of the tree. It describes coding and logging conventions, as well as how to build from a working copy.