How To Install Apache Subversion on CentOS 8

Install Apache Subversion on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Subversion on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, The Apache Subversion (SVN) is a free and open-source version control system used to manage and track changes in files and directories. Any time you change, add or delete a file or folder that you manage with Subversion, you commit these changes to your Subversion repository, which creates a new revision in your repository reflecting these changes. You can always go back, look at and get the contents of previous revisions. SVN supports several protocols for network access: SVN, SVN+SSH, HTTP, HTTPS. If you are behind a firewall, HTTP-based Subversion is advantageous since SVN traffic will go through the firewall without any additional firewall ruleset.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Apache Subversion on a CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Apache Subversion on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

Step 2. Installing Apache Subversion on CentOS 8.

Now we run the following commands to install Apache SVN on the CentOS system:

sudo dnf install subversion mod_dav_svn

Step 3. Configure Apache Subversion.

The subversion module package creates an Apache configuration file, we just need to make the necessary changes to it:

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/subversion.conf

Add the following line:

<Location /svn>
   DAV svn
   SVNParentPath /var/www/svn
   AuthType Basic
   AuthName "Apache SVN Repositories"
   AuthUserFile /etc/svn/svn-auth
   Require valid-user

Next, create SVN directories:

sudo mkdir /var/www/svn /etc/svn/

Step 4. Create Repository and Users for Authentication.

First, create your first SVN repository:

cd /var/www/svn
sudo svnadmin create myrepo

Next, set the permissions:

sudo chown -R apache.apache myrepo

Then, create an SVN HTTP access authentication file:

sudo touch /etc/svn/svn-auth

Add first SVN user:

$ sudo htpasswd -cm /etc/svn/svn-auth idroot
New password: <Enter-your-password>
Re-type new password: <Confirm-your-password>
Adding password for user idroot

After that, give proper permissions to the password file:

sudo chown root:apache /etc/svn/svn-auth
sudo chmod 640 /etc/svn/svn-auth

Step 5. Configure Firewall.

Now we open the HTTP port on the firewall:

sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=http --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 6. Accessing Repository in Browser.

Apache Subversion will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/svn/project/ or http://your-server-ip/svn/project/ and will prompt for authentication. Use login credentials created in Step 4. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache SVN. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Apache Subversion on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Apache website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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