This articles is a guild for installing Subversion (a.k.a SVN) in CentOS5.


  1. apache server 2.x


Install Subversion and mod_dav_svn

Install Subversion server and WEBDev module of Apache - mod_dav_svn

yum install subversion mod_dav_svn 

mod_dav_svn is a module of Apache server, we need it for accessing svn via http(s) protocol.

Create Repository

Using following command to create a repository home dictionary.

In this case, we create repository under ”/opt/svn” folder.

svnadmin create /opt/svn/repos 

Modify Apache Configuration

Add a location section into Apache config file, it makes web server accessing /opt/svn/repos directory as public folder.

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
#appending flowing section
<Location /svn/repos>
  DAV svn
  SVNPath /opt/svn/repos
  AuthType Basic
  AuthName "Subversion repository"
  AuthUserFile /opt/svn/password
  Require valid-user

Changing Directory Owner

chown -R apache.apache /opt/svn

Add Users For Accessing SVN

# create a new user in password file under /opt/svn with argument -c
htpasswd -c /opt/svn/password Account1 
# appending new users by htpasswd WITHOUT -c argument
htpasswd /opt/svn/password Account2

you can see all user list in password file under /opt/svn/password, if you would like to disable a user, just put ‘#’ in front of it.

<code note> if you got permission denied when committing, you may check the SELinux config,disabled it when you are still encoutting the permission problem. </note>


open this url in web browser - http://SVN_SERVER_IP/svn/repos, it will ask you an account and password.