Install subversion 1.8 on Ubuntu using apt

In this tutorial,we will install subversion 1.8 on Ubuntu using apt.We have done this practical in Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10 version.Generally when you install subversion by using command apt-get install subversion ,it will install the subversion 1.7 .Here we will add the new apt source list for subversion 1.8 .


Operating System : Ubuntu 13.04,13.10,12.10 and 12.04 LTS
Package Name : Subversion 1.8

To install subversion 1.8 in Ubuntu,follow the given below steps

Step 1: Open the terminal and use below given command to add subversion repo in new file subversion18.list at path /etc/apt/sources.list.d.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb precise svn18" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/subversion18.list'
sudo wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update

Step 2 : Now install the subversion 1.8 version after checking in apt-cache

sudo apt-cache show subversion | grep '^Version:'

Below given is the reference from our system

linux@tuxworld:~$ sudo apt-cache show subversion | grep ‘^Version:’
Version: 1.8.5-1+WANdisco
Version: 1.7.5-1ubuntu2.1
Version: 1.7.5-1ubuntu2

Now install subversion by below given command

sudo apt-get install subversion

Step 3: Now verify the subversion

 sudo dpkg -l|grep subversion
 svn --version

Below given is reference from our system

linux@tuxworld:~$ sudo dpkg -l|grep subversion
ii subversion 1.8.5-1+WANdisco i386 Advanced version control system

linux@tuxworld:~$ svn –version
svn, version 1.8.5 (r1542147)
compiled Nov 19 2013, 15:29:52 on i686-pc-linux-gnu

Copyright (C) 2013 The Apache Software Foundation.
This software consists of contributions made by many people;
see the NOTICE file for more information.
Subversion is open source software, see

The following repository access (RA) modules are available:

* ra_svn : Module for accessing a repository using the svn network protocol.
– with Cyrus SASL authentication
– handles ‘svn’ scheme
* ra_local : Module for accessing a repository on local disk.
– handles ‘file’ scheme
* ra_serf : Module for accessing a repository via WebDAV protocol using serf.
– using serf 1.3.2
– handles ‘http’ scheme
– handles ‘https’ scheme


11 thoughts on “Install subversion 1.8 on Ubuntu using apt”

  1. Will this work too for upgrading an existing (and used) 1.7 version?

    .. using apt-get upgrade afterward, instead apt-get install?

    many thx in advance


    • Hello Brian,

      It should work. Try once.

      Given below is man page info for apt-get command –

      upgrade is used to install the newest versions of all packages
      currently installed on the system from the sources enumerated in
      /etc/apt/sources.list. Packages currently installed with new
      versions available are retrieved and upgraded; under no
      circumstances are currently installed packages removed, or packages
      not already installed retrieved and installed. New versions of
      currently installed packages that cannot be upgraded without
      changing the install status of another package will be left at
      their current version. An update must be performed first so that
      apt-get knows that new versions of packages are available.


  2. Hi Sharad

    Further to my last email, it works if you run the wget command as “sudo”.

    You may want to update your instructions…




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