How can I configure SVN to deploy when I commit? I would like to deploy when I commit

  • Where do you want to deploy? On the repository (SVN) server, on a build server, on another workstation? – Shi Sep 11 '12 at 21:39
  • on the same server, I would like to put all files in a directory – barroco Sep 11 '12 at 21:57

You need to modify the post commit hook. Placed here:


Change it's name (or create a new one and save that one for future reference) to:


Then chown it and chmod it let your svn user (tipically apache) execute that file:

chown apache.apache PATH_TO_YOUR_REPO/hooks/post-commit
chmod g+x PATH_TO_YOUR_REPO/hooks/post-commit

Assuming you want to export your repo's trunk to a local path, here is what I use to automatically deploy to my testing server, which is also my SVN repo server (I do not recommend using this to deploy to production servers, use a custom script for that). This will look for a **DEPLOY** tag in your commit message and deploy only if that's the case.


if ( svnlook log -r $REV $REPO | grep "**DEPLOY**" ) then
    svn export --force -r $REV "file://$REPO/trunk" /var/www/html/yourapp
  • I think that you should mention that the instruction applies only to linux machines. – bahrep Sep 12 '12 at 8:45
  • Good point. It works also on Mac OS and in every system that suports SVN & Shell. Are there others? :P – Mauro Sep 12 '12 at 15:36
  • Does this export the entire project every time? – johnny Apr 22 '15 at 20:55
  • @johnny Yes it does. – Mauro Apr 23 '15 at 0:13

look at hook scripts section at Repository Creation and Configuration you can write a shell script to do pretty much anything/anywhere...


It is possible, but not recommended to use post commit hook. It will make developer to wait for the commit to complete until the hook execution has finished.

For professional solution Continuous Integration tool should be used, like: CruiseControl, Jenkins or one of many other.

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