Is there an command line option to auto accept a SSL certificate permanently using the SVN commandline in a way that avoids the prompt?

  • Would this be a better fit at Stack Overflow? – James McMahon Jul 8 '09 at 20:46

It depends somewhat on your version of SVN. Recent (1.6+) ones have the usual --non-interactive (which you want to use to avoid prompts) and also a --trust-server-cert that may do what you want.


Using --trust-server-cert will not permanently accept the SSL certificate. You can permanently accept the SSL certificate via the command line using Input Redirection and not using --non-interactive.

Here's an example for Unix/Linux:

svn list [TARGET] << EOF

NOTE: The "p" above is for (p)ermanently.

  • Well, my version (1.6.6 (r40053)) unfortunately simply won't offer the p (permanently) option at all. And since this is on an ancient box which I can't update any longer ... – 0xC0000022L Mar 8 '17 at 14:45

My solution uses expect. It isn't secure but it will work when the other solutions won't.

#!/usr/bin/expect -f

set svn_username [lindex $argv 0]
set svn_password [lindex $argv 1]
set svn_url [lindex $argv 2]

spawn svn --username=${svn_username} --password=${svn_password} list ${svn_url}
expect "(R)eject, accept (t)emporarily or accept (p)ermanently? "
send -- "p\r"
expect "Store password unencrypted (yes/no)? "
send "no\r"
expect -re "root@.*:\/#"

You should be able to download the certificate and then place it in the appropriate directory. Or you can download the CA certificate and then set the configuration option ssl-authority-files to trust that CA.

See the SSL Certificate Management section in the book.


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