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Free Online SVN Repositories

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This week, I searched for free online SVN repositories for closed-source projects. Of course, there are plenty of sites offering services for OpenSource projects: Google Code, SourceForge, etc. It may seem amazing, but everybody does not necessarily want to expose its code to the world.

From what I’ve found, there aren’t so many free SVN repositories around. Since it’s free and provided as a courtesy (not mentioning a thought toward upgrading to priced services later), there are some limits. Criteria are mainly:

  • The amount of disk space available
  • The number of projects you can store
  • The number of user accounts you can create in order to access the SVN

This is my results table and it definitely not exhaustive:

Name Mb Projects Users Notes
Unfuddle 200 1 2  
ProjectLocker 500 Unlimited 5  
Origo ? ? ? Origo is an OpenSource project in itself and provides both the product so you can host it yourself and online services. I couldn’t find any information on online limits though
XP-Dev 200 2 Unilimited I used it once but found to my dismay they erased my account because of months of inactivity
Beanstalk 100 ? 3  

From a purely numerical point-of-view, and paying features aside, my pick will surely be ProjectLocker. This is not to say the others are bad but the free account has also some very interesting features:

  • Unlimited Bandwidth Transfer
  • SSL Encryption (very unusual for a free service)
  • Redundant RAID storage and Nightly Backups

I would definitely be interested in knowing what free Subversion provider do you use for your closed-source projects.

Disclaimer: I haven’t had any contact from any person working from ProjectLocker. I’m not an employee of ProjectLocker. The following only reflects my unbiased opinion.


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Gervais Blaise replied on Tue, 2010/02/23 - 4:27am

I'm also using ProjectLocker for my study project. And I like it too. Of course, there is not much free SVN repositories but there is  no more free Java web app hosting services. I'm looking for a free service where I can deploy my web-app with Spring and a PostgreSQL database but I can't find it.

Rusty Wright replied on Tue, 2010/02/23 - 12:59pm

Thanks for this list.  I see that ProjectLocker also provides git, for those who turn up their nose at svn.

Ashish Jain replied on Wed, 2010/02/24 - 12:17am

What about paid SVN repository which provides more space and better service/reliability? I would pay 5 to 10 bucks a month for faster service.

Sibin Peter replied on Wed, 2010/02/24 - 12:13pm

I have typically used in the past. In addition to the svn repos, they also provide a free TRAC account for each project that you can use for its project management.

However, I must warn that I have experienced downtime for a couple of hours, but this was in the past, like 2 - 3 years ago. But for a free site, its not a bad deal at all.

Nicolas Frankel replied on Wed, 2010/02/24 - 4:36pm in response to: Sibin Peter

I noticed this site and despite a crude look, I wanted to include it. Yet, on the front page, it warns about space shortage because some undelicate users used it as media storage.

Ravi Shankar replied on Mon, 2011/03/07 - 9:33am

A samll project

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