What Is Subversion?

Subversion – or SVN – is a centralized version control system for managing versioned files such as source code, web pages, and documentation.

SVN has been around since the 1990s. In its early days, it introduced innovations that solved many SCM problems. In 2010, Git started gaining popularity. The community’s interest shifted, and the innovation dried up.

Learn more about SVN

Subversion vs. Helix Core

Many users start with SVN because it’s free. On the flip side, it forces you to spend valuable resources on code management issues – which stem from the suboptimal workflows and outdated functionality. The net loss in productivity can be more expensive than licensing Perforce Helix Core.

Get a side-by-side comparison showing how SVN and Helix Core handle functions like merging, release management, performance, and scalability.

Perforce vs. SVN

Customer Stories: Successful Subversion Migrations

Perforce has big and small customers in numerous industries. Nintendo, Pixar, Apple, Samsung, Honda, Bank of America – they all rely on Helix Core for version control software. Every customer’s reason for migrating to Perforce is different, but a few things we hear about consistently are our security, performance, and ability to scale.

Why customers upgrade from SVN

Mastering the Subversion Commands

Maybe your company is migrating to a new VCS. Maybe you changed companies and need to learn a new VCS. Maybe you’re thinking about switching VCS, and you need to confirm the functionality of both tools.

Whatever your reason for needing a cheat sheet, we’ve got you covered. Check out the list of equivalent commands in SVN and Helix Core.

Cheat sheet of commands

Outgrown Your SVN Hosting?

SVN hosting services allow teams to create repos in the cloud, manage its access rights, and control everything as you would from an internal server – minus the cost of maintenance and management.

However, many organizations prefer on-premises hosting, since cloud hosting often lacks the comprehensive security and stability features.

Learn about viable alternatives to SVN hosting. And see why many dev teams opt for on-premises solutions to ensure developer uptime, and to manage access controls and repo- and branch-level permissions.

Alternatives to SVN hosting

What’s Your Subversion Branching Strategy?

Branches allow your team to work on multiple versions of your code simultaneously. But in SVN, a branch is just a name. Merging branches when work is done can be time-consuming and constraining. Subversion saps developer productivity.

By comparison, Helix Core offers a powerful and easier approach to branching called Streams, aka “branches with brains.” Streams define the purpose of each branch: mainline, development, task, or release. Streams follow the mainline model — all changes flow toward the mainline, similar to an SVN trunk. It lets developers focus on their code, not the branch and merge.

Creating branches with SVN
Using Helix Core to branch with brains

Managing Multiple Subversion Repositories

Collaboration and the desire to reuse code means developers often need to work with multiple repos. But an SVN server contains a set of isolated repositories. A client connects to one repository at a time. Although it’s possible to keep multiple repos up-to-date manually, many developers have to come up with solutions to manage changes that happen in multiple repos.

The real problem? Using one repo for every project is a broken model. When projects scale in size or complexity, the 1:1 model breaks. With Helix Core, there are no restrictions in accessing files across depots. (The only restrictions are the ones you create when you assign permissions.) Files can be branched and merged from one depot to another, and users can access files from several depots at the same time.

Managing multiple repositories

Subversion Price: Is SVN Free?

Many businesses choose Subversion because it’s free. And when you’re a small business, cost is critical. In reality, what you save in money, you’ll lose in time and effort. Free software doesn’t come with a support team. And even if you find a solution that worked for another developer, it may not work for you. Learn about the real cost of using a free VCS.

The real cost of using open-source tools

Subversion Migration Toolkit

Moving to a new version control system is a complicated effort. The process can be delicate, and it requires careful planning. But we make migrating to Helix Core easy.

Get a toolkit and checklist that covers every element of the transition – from planning your branching strategy to training users on the new VCS.

A better way to migrate from Subversion

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