This is guide, howto install SVN (Subversion) server on Fedora 25/24/23/22/21/20, CentOS 7.2/6.8/5.11, Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2/6.8/5.11.

What is SVN (Subversion)?

Subversion is a free/open-source version control system. Subversion manages files and directories, and the changes made to them, over time. This allows you to recover older versions of your data, or examine the history of how your data changed. In this regard, many people think of a version control system as a sort of “time machine”.

Install SVN (Subversion) Server on Fedora 25/24/23/22/21/20, CentOS 7.2/6.8/5.11, Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2/6.8/5.11

1. Change root user


su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

2. Install needed packages (mod_dav_svn and subversion)

Fedora 25/24/23/22


dnf install mod_dav_svn subversion

Fedora 21/20 and CentOS / Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2/6.8/5.11


yum install mod_dav_svn subversion

Note: If you don’t have Apache installed already, this command installs it also. Read more about installing and configuring Apache and PHP >>

3. Modify / Create Subversion config file /etc/httpd/conf.d/subversion.conf

Add following config to /etc/httpd/conf.d/subversion.conf file:

Fedora 25/24/23/22/21/20 and CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2


<Location /svn>
   DAV svn
   SVNParentPath /var/www/svn

   # Limit write permission to list of valid users.
   <LimitExcept GET PROPFIND OPTIONS REPORT>
      # Require SSL connection for password protection.
      # SSLRequireSSL

      AuthType Basic
      AuthName "Subversion repositories"
      AuthUserFile /etc/svn-auth-users
      Require valid-user
   </LimitExcept>
</Location>

LoadModule commands should be in /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d/10-subversion.conf file:

Read more SVN Access Control >>

CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 6.8/5.11


LoadModule dav_svn_module     modules/mod_dav_svn.so
LoadModule authz_svn_module   modules/mod_authz_svn.so

<Location /svn>
   DAV svn
   SVNParentPath /var/www/svn

   # Limit write permission to list of valid users.
   <LimitExcept GET PROPFIND OPTIONS REPORT>
      # Require SSL connection for password protection.
      # SSLRequireSSL

      AuthType Basic
      AuthName "Subversion repositories"
      AuthUserFile /etc/svn-auth-users
      Require valid-user
   </LimitExcept>
</Location>

Read more SVN Access Control >>

4. Add SVN (Subversion) users

Use following command:


## Create testuser ##
htpasswd -cm /etc/svn-auth-users testuser
New password: 
Re-type new password: 
Adding password for user testuser

## Create testuser2 ##
htpasswd -m /etc/svn-auth-users testuser2
New password: 
Re-type new password: 
Adding password for user testuser2

Note: Use exactly same file and path name as used on subversion.conf file. This example use /etc/svn-auth-users file.

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5. Create and configure SVN repository


mkdir /var/www/svn
cd /var/www/svn

svnadmin create testrepo
chown -R apache.apache testrepo


## If you have SELinux enabled (you can check it with "sestatus" command) ##
## then change SELinux security context with chcon command ##

chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t /var/www/svn/testrepo

## Following enables commits over http ##
chcon -R -t httpd_sys_rw_content_t /var/www/svn/testrepo

Restart Apache:


## Fedora 25/24/23/22/21/20 and CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7.2 ##
systemctl restart httpd.service


## CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 6.8/5.11 ##
service httpd restart
## OR ##
/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Goto http://localhost/svn/testrepo address and you should see something like following, write username and password:
SVN Subversion username and password

SVN testrepo revision 0:
SVN Subversion Repository Revision 0

6. Configure repository

To disable anonymous access and enable access control add following rows to testrepo/conf/svnserve.conf file:


## Disable anonymous access ##
anon-access = none

## Enable access control ##
authz-db = authz

7. Create trunk, branches and tags structure under testrepo

Create “template” directories with following command:


mkdir -p /tmp/svn-structure-template/{trunk,branches,tags}

Then import template to project repository using “svn import” command:


svn import -m 'Initial import' /tmp/svn-structure-template/ http://localhost/svn/testrepo/
Adding         /tmp/svn-structure-template/trunk
Adding         /tmp/svn-structure-template/branches
Adding         /tmp/svn-structure-template/tags

Committed revision 1.

Check results on browser and see testrepo revision 1:
SVN Subversion Repository Revision 1

Read more about SVN (Subversion) Access Control with Apache and mod_authz_svn.

Remember also take regular backups. Here is guide howto backup and restore SVN (Subversion) Repositories.