Set Up a Subversion Server For Free in Zero Steps

April 14, 2011

Want a Subversion server? Your options usually boil down to:

  1. Pay for an expensive hosted solution.
  2. Use an unreliable or crippled free hosted solution.
  3. Wait for your IT department to set one up for you.
  4. Slog through setting one up yourself.

Maybe setting up a Subversion server is easy if you’re a Linux expert, but, if you’re anything like me, there are a million things that can go wrong in the configs, and no online guide gets all the instructions right.

Well, as of now there’s a better solution. I’m posting a virtual machine image that has a working Subversion installation, tied to Apache. Download it, start it, and you’ve got a Subversion server!

It’s a VirtualBox image running Fedora 14. It includes a README file with instructions on how to start and access svn, and add new users. Download it here:

Unfortunately, I can’t provide any support for this image (I just cobbled it together myself). But I hope it’s helpful!