Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Pretty-up your SVN repositories via the web with XAMPP

Note: Much of this is taken from the great blog entry at, but with an XAMPP slant, so apologies for any repetition here.

No time?, read on:

1) Get and install XAMPP 1.6.3a as it comes with Apache 2.2.x.  This is big enough to be the topic of a separate thread.  But you shouldn't go far wrong if you follow the guide at

2) Augment the XAMPP version of apache 2.2 with the Subversion specific libraries needed, available in the file you can get at  Do the following:

    a) Stop apache from your XAMPP control panel

    b) XAMPP has invalid pre-provided files and modules in xampp\apache\modules, replace them with the correct ones you'll find in the zip.

    c) XAMPP may come with invalid DLL for svn. Just in case, replace xampp\apache\bin\libdb44.dll and xampp\apache\bin\int13_svn.dll with the ones you'll find in the zip.

3) Now, configure your repository for web access via Apache.

    a) Edit C:\xampp\apache\conf\httpd.conf and add:

        Include conf/extra/httpd-subversion.conf

    b) Create http-subversion.conf in the extra subdirectory. 
    c) Populate it with details of your repository, and ensure the amended modules get loaded:

        LoadModule authz_svn_module modules/
   LoadModule dav_svn_module modules/

        <Location /svn/prototypes>
            DAV svn
            SVNPath c:/svn/prototypes
            AuthType Basic
            Options FollowSymLinks
            order allow,deny
            allow from all
            AuthName "prototypes"
            AuthUserFile c:/svn/passwords
            Require valid-user

4) Create the common web access password file for the repositories, and add a user.

    <path_to_htpasswd_under_xampp> -cb <path_to_svn_root_directory_less_drive_handle> <username> <password>


    c:\xampp\apache\bin\htpasswd -cb \svn\passwords whoever weRst194UUd

5) Check how we are doing by viewing the repositories over webDAV, by starting Apache again from the XAMPP control panel, and view the repository at http://localhost/svn/<repository_name>.  You will now need to use the user name and password to access your repository.

Note: So we are talking two password files, one under C:\<svn_root>\<repository_name>\conf\passwd for configuring SVN repository users who do checkouts etc etc on a particular repository, and one for all the online users who can browse repositories in C:\<svn_root>\passwords via using htpasswd generation above.

6) But wait, what about the pretty-up bit you promised? For this you'll need to stop using straight webDAV to display your repositories as its ugly.

    a) Note the "extra" stuff we added to the httpd-subversion.conf:-

        Options FollowSymLinks
        order allow,deny
        allow from all

    This is for our choice of repository web front end, WebSVN 2.0. 

    b) Ensure XAMPP Apache has the full PHP support needed for our choice of repository web front end.

        i) You can get PHP from, go for the 5.2.6 windows installer, as its got the fixes missing in the build a few days earlier.

        ii) During install, select the Apache 2.2.x Module that allows the installer to update your httpd.conf file for XAMPP with the appropriate settings.

    c) Download the most recent ZIP package of WebSVN 2.0 from Unpack the files into xampp\htdocs and rename to websvn

    d) Finish the job by configuring WebSVN.  Rename xampp\htdocs\websvn\include\ to, and tell WebSVN its dealing with a windows host, and where the original svn "root" location under which all your repositories live happens to be, so uncomment and amend the entries:


    e) Restart Apache, and you should now be able to access http://localhost/websvn to see all the repositories under your svn root using the nice display from the WebSVN people.


1 comment:

Jason Sherrill said...


Thanks for the mention of my tutorial on how to setup Subversion on Windows.

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