WebSVN is a popular web based repository browser that is a useful tool to use to view the contents of your repository. It only takes a few minutes to setup so I wanted to quickly cover it here.
First we're just going to check what the latest version of WebSVN is.
$ svn list http://websvn.tigris.org/svn/websvn/tags
You will get a long list of tags here, get the latest version and export it. At the time of this writing the latest version is 2.3.2, so we will just run the following.
$ svn export http://websvn.tigris.org/svn/websvn/tags/2.3.2 /path/to/websvn
We are going to add the following lines to our Apache configuration to serve WebSVN.
Alias /websvn "/path/to/websvn"
Options -Indexes MultiViews
Allow from all
Restart apache for the changes to take affect.
$ service httpd restart
If you go into the websvn folder, you will see a file in there called
distconfig.php, you will have to copy this over to a file called
config.php that websvn will look for by default.
$ cp /path/to/websvn/include/distconfig.php /path/to/websvn/include/config.php
We will need to add a line to the websvn configuration so that it knows where our repository is. This assumes we already have a repository setup somewhere Install and Configure SVN.
$ vi /path/to/websvn/include/config.php
Then add a line near the remote repositories section like so:
$config->addRepository('My Repo', 'http://&lt;domain>/svn', NULL, '<username>', '<password>');
Note that you can add a line like the one above for each repository you have.
At this point we should be able to access websvn using:
We will want to setup some access to it though, so that not just anyone can visit our repository. We've already prepared this through our Apache configuration from above, so now we just have to add a
.htaccess files with some users. Create the following file in the root of the websvn folder.
$ vi /path/to/websvn/.htaccess
Add the following lines to it:
AuthName "Websvn Login"
Then create some users for access to it. If you have already followed the tutorial on Install and Configure SVN, then you could just specify the path to the
passwd file there and skip the next two steps.
$ htpasswd -c /home/www/websvn/.htpasswd <username>
Re-type new password:
Adding password for user <username>
Add some users to it:
$ htpasswd /home/www/websvn/.htpasswd <username>
After setting up the
.htaccess file, your users will be prompted by simple username/password dialog that they will have to fill out in order to view the contents of the repository.