VisualSVN Server 2.5 Release Notes

We're delighted to announce VisualSVN Server 2.5. This release incorporates Apache Subversion 1.7 and provides a lot of other improvements, including serious performance enhancements.

Download VisualSVN Server 2.5 at the download page.

Upgrade to Apache Subversion 1.7

Subversion 1.7 is the first major Subversion release under the Apache Software Foundation umbrella. This is a milestone release that addresses key scalability and performance issues encountered by enterprise customers of Subversion. The most important server-side related enhancement is the improved HTTP protocol usage.

Subversion 1.7 offers an improved HTTP protocol usage that is often referred to as HTTPv2. The HTTPv2 protocol requires fewer client-server roundtrips (to perform operations such as merging a branch), making Subversion dramatically more performant on wide area networks. Subversion 1.7 clients will only use HTTPv2 when connecting with a 1.7 (or greater) server, so please upgrade to VisualSVN Server 2.5 in order to benefit from the HTTPv2 performance enhancements.

Also, Subversion 1.7 brings more than 130 other user-visible changes. For further details please consider the Apache Subversion 1.7 Release Notes.

Other VisualSVN Server improvements

VisualSVN Server 2.5 release also brings a lot of improvements and bug fixes that are applicable both to Enterprise and Standard editions of VisualSVN Server. Some of them are IPv6 protocol support, graceful service restarts and lots of performance enhancements.

Also, VisualSVN Server 2.5 resolves some of the most annoying issues encountered in previous versions VisualSVN Server. For further details check the complete changelog for VisualSVN Server 2.5.

Upgrade and compatibility concerns

All users who would like to fully benefit from Subversion 1.7 enhancements should upgrade to VisualSVN Server 2.5. In most cases upgrading is very quick and easy: simply run the installer for VisualSVN Server 2.5 and follow the installation wizard. It is not necessary or recommended to uninstall older versions of VisualSVN Server.

There are no any repository format changes in Subversion 1.7 and there is no need to dump/reload or upgrade your repositories. VisualSVN Server 2.5 works well with repositories created by VisualSVN Server 2.1. Consider the KB36 article if you are upgrading from earlier versions of VisualSVN Server.

Upgrade is free for all customers who have an active maintenance subscription for VisualSVN Server Enterprise Edition licenses (and, of course, there is a free upgrade for Standard Edition). If maintenance period has ended for your VisualSVN Server Enterprise Edition license, please place your renewal order using our online purchase form.

VisualSVN Server 2.0.x end of life announcement

VisualSVN Server 2.0 was released in July of 2009 and it was the major step forward for the whole Subversion ecosystem. We were committed to keep 2.0.x line stable and up-to-date for more than two years. But now it's time to go ahead and maintenance for VisualSVN Server 2.0.x will be discontinued since November 1, 2011. Please upgrade to VisualSVN Server 2.1.x (that is pretty stable too) if for some reasons you would like to stay on Subversion 1.6.