Using Subversion command-line tools with VisualSVN Server

VisualSVN Server includes standard Subversion command-line tools such as svnadmin.exe, svnlook.exe and svn.exe. By default, the tools are located in C:\Program Files\VisualSVN Server\bin folder and VisualSVN Server installer adds the folder’s path to PATH environment variable.

Third-party Subversion distributions may also add their command-line tools to PATH overriding the path to tools included in VisualSVN Server. Therefore, to ensure that you run the command-line tools from VisualSVN Server, we suggest running the tools in the VisualSVN Server command prompt.

Starting the VisualSVN Server command prompt

We recommend running admin operations with svnadmin.exe or svnlook.exe in the VisualSVN Server command prompt. The command prompt sets the PATH environment variable that enables you to run the command-line tools included with VisualSVN Server. The command prompt starts with administrator permissions and with the repositories root directory as the default path.

You can launch the command prompt through the VisualSVN Server Manager MMC console. Follow these steps:

  1. Start VisualSVN Server Manager.
  2. Select Action | All Tasks.
  3. Select Start Command Prompt.
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