Install SVN on Windows

What you will need to setup Subversion on windows

Install Subversion

Download the subversion installer for Windows from:

I installed the version 1.4.6, you can download the same or 1.4.5 or 1.4.4 also.

Run the installer, and install the subversion on your local machine.

To hold your repositories you will need to creatd a folder anywhere in your machine. I created the folder here: ‘e:\subversion

Install svnserve as a Windows service

To install svnserve as a service, which allows it to run in the background automatically on start-up, download SVNService from:


Just copy SVNService.exe file into ‘bin’ directory of Subversion’s install directory.

I installed subversion in ‘C:\Program Files\Subversion’. So I copied ‘SVNService.exe’ to ‘C:\Program Files\Subversion\bin’

Open comman prompt.

In order to customize the root directory from which svnserve will serve the repository, I provided the parameters as ‘e:\subversion‘, which was my repositories folder, you can replace it with your repositories folder. Type in command prompt:

svnservice -install -d -r e:\subversion

To start the service with in windows startup, set the service start to ‘Auto’

sc config svnservice start= auto

To start the service immediately

net start svnservice

Add an environment variable for SVN_EDITOR. You can do this by right-click on my Computer > Properties. Go to advanced. Hit the Environmental Variables button. Just add another in there called SVN_EDITOR with a value of C:\windows\notepad.exe

Create a project

To create a new project in svn enter the following command. I created ‘firstproject’ as new project

svn mkdir svn://localhost/firstproject

At this point, Notepad should launch:

Simply exit the notepad.

Congo! You just created a new project into Subversion!

Test the new service by listing all the files in the repository:

svn ls svn://localhost/

Checkout your project

To checkout firstproject from svn repository, you will need a svn client like ‘Zend Development Environment’

If you already installed the Zend, follow the steps below:

Open Zend.

In Menu bar select Tools » Preferences. Select ‘Source Control’ tab.
Select ‘Source Control Tool’ as ‘Subversion’ from the combobox.

Under General Settings select the ‘Path to SVN’, browse for the location of ‘svn.exe‘, where you installed the SVN.

I browsed for “C:\Program Files\Subversion\bin\svn.exe“. Press OK.

Now we will create a new project in Zend, in which we will checkout the project ‘firstproject‘ from SVN

To create a new project in Zend,
select Project »New Project. It will open a New Project Wizard.

On the first screen enter the name of your project. I entered ‘firstproject’. Press ‘Next’.

On the second screen, Add path by pressing ‘Add Path’ button, select the location of directory where you wish checkout the files from ‘firstproject‘ from SVN repository. I select ‘C:\firstproject’. Click Next, nothing to do on third screen, click Next. on the fourth screen, click Finish.

Now its time to checkout a project from from SVN repository.

From Menu bar, select Tools » Subversion » Checkout

Enter the ‘Module URL’ as shown in image below & select ‘Working directory’ (which is the root path of your Zend project ‘firstproject’). Press OK.

Congo! you have checked out ‘firstproject‘ from SVN repository.

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  1. Malcolm Mathis 26 October 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    clear and exceptional guidance about install svn on window.that is good information, it is useful to me thanks.

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