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4.11. Subversion (SVN) client (optional)

The Wireshark project uses its own Subversion (or short SVN) server to keep track of all the changes done to the source code. Details about the usage of Subversion in the Wireshark project can be found in Section 3.2, “The Wireshark Subversion repository”.

If you want to work with the source code and are planning to commit your changes back to the Wireshark community, it is recommended to use a SVN client to get the latest source files. For detailed information about the different ways to obtain the Wireshark sources, see Section 3.3, “Obtain the Wireshark sources”.

You will find more instructions in Section 3.3.1, “Anonymous Subversion access” on how to use the Subversion client.

4.11.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: svn

SVN is available for most of the UNIX-like platforms and as the Subversion package from the Cygwin setup

If Subversion isn't already installed or available as a package for your platform, you can get it at: (together with the server software).

After correct installation, typing at the bash command line prompt:

$ svn --version

should result in something like:

        svn, version 1.0.5 (r9954)
   compiled Jun 20 2004, 23:28:30

Copyright (C) 2000-2004 CollabNet.
Subversion is open source software, see
This product includes software developed by CollabNet (https://www.Collab.Net/).


However, the version string may vary.

4.11.2. Win32 native: svn

The Subversion command line tools for Win32 can be found at: This will come with both client and server software - only the client software will be used.

After correct installation, typing at the command line prompt (cmd.exe):

> svn --version

should result in something like:

        svn, Version 1.4.0 (r21228)

Copyright (C) 2000-2006 CollabNet.

However, the version string may vary.

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