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I'm looking for idiot-proof instructions for installing the SVN server on windows. In terms of configuration all I need to do is to create a user that can connect from the local machine.

Thanks, Don

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Check out visualsvn server

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VisualSVN is about the easiest you're going to find. – Joel Mansford Jun 25 '09 at 14:56

You can use the ultra express easy guide to install SVN from CodingHorror. I've used it many times without hesitating or having any issues.

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+1 for actually answering Don's question instead of providing him links to GUI SVN interfaces. – BIBD Jun 25 '09 at 14:39

I second the responses that say VisualSVN Server. It's incredibly easy to install and use with a small footprint, and integrates well with Windows Server or even desktops with Active Directory support. It includes an integrated Apache server to provide web access to the repository, and can be run over HTTPS/SSL (with a self-signed cert) for secure remote use.

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We use the build of SVN for the server and TortoiseSVN for the client, with Trac for a web tracking presence. It's worked quite well for our small group of 10 developers.

If you're looking for instructions, there are plenty of howto's on Google.

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+1 for and TortoiseSVN. We been running them for the last year without issue. – Joe Doyle Jun 25 '09 at 14:11

There's several good alternatives now days:


CollabNet Subversion -

VisualSVN Server -


PainlessSVN -

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I've found the Subversion Book reasonable. It's probably also the most official, as it's linked to from subversion's main page. The book's server seems to be down at the moment, but hopefully it will be back soon.

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