How to install and use RabbitVCS

TortoiseSVN is a popular extension to Windows File Explorer that is used to work with Subversion repositories and working copies. The closest alternative to TortoiseSVN in Linux is RabbitVCS. It is pretty easy to install and use it on Ubuntu:

  • Ubuntu might ship with RabbitVCS packages in its repositories, but I have not found them to work correctly! Instead, use the PPA repository ppa:rabbitvcs/ppa:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rabbitvcs/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
  • Install the RabbitVCS extension to your Nautilus:
$ sudo apt-get install rabbitvcs-nautilus3
  • Kill and restart Nautilus.

  • Directories that hold SVN repositories should now have icon overlays on them in Nautilus. Right-click on any working copy and use the RabbitVCS SVN option to perform all the usual SVN operations on it. The GUI is similar to that in TortoiseSVN.

Tried with: RabbitVCS 0.15.3, Nautilus 3.4.2 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

2 thoughts on “How to install and use RabbitVCS

  1. The easiest way I found to set the path to the repository is to select a file that is under svn source control in the Nautilus explorer, right click to bring up the context menu and select the RabbitVCS SVN menu option and click on Repository browser menu option. Once the repository browser is open, enter the path to the repository in the URL: field. Then click the Load/Refresh button at the bottom of the dialog box.


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