How to Install Apache SVN on Ubuntu 18.04

r00t July 11, 2018

Install Apache SVN on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install Apache SVN on Ubuntu 18.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Subversion is a product of Apache Software Foundation. It helps you keep track of a collection of files and folders. 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.

I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install Apache SVN on Ubuntu 18.04

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2. Installing Apache web server.

Install Apache server for accessing SVN server using HTTP URLs:

apt install apache2 apache2-utils

Step 3. Install Apache SVN on Ubuntu 18.04.

Use the following command to install subversion packages and their dependencies:

apt install subversion subversion-tools libapache2-mod-svn

Step 4. Configure Apache SVN.

Now, create a repository as per your requirements. In here, I am creating /opt/svn as the base and will create a “myrepos” repository in it:

mkdir /opt/svn
svnadmin create /opt/svn/myrepos

Change the permission of the repository:

chown -R www-data:www-data /opt/svn/myrepos/

Next, configure Apache with Subversion:

nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dav_svn.conf

Add the following content:

<Location /svn>
     DAV svn
     SVNParentPath /opt/svn
     AuthType Basic
     AuthName "Subversion Repository"
     AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd
     Require valid-user

Then, create additional users, use following commands:

htpasswd -cm /etc/apache2/dav_svn.passwd ramona

Restart the apache server:

systemctl restart apache2

Step 5. Access Apache Subversion.

Use HTTP URLs to access your repository in the browser. It will prompt for authentication. Use login credentials created in above:


Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured Apache SVN on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server. Thanks for using this tutorial installing Apache Subversion on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system.

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