Subversion on GoDaddy shared hosting

For better or worse, I’ve been using GoDaddy shared hosting for my personal hosting needs for nearly a year.  It’s cheap and cheerful, with plenty of disk space, bandwidth, SSH access, and easy access to a number of popular open-source apps you can test out with GoDaddy’s hosting connection.  Of course, it does have its drawbacks, and one of the major ones for me has been the nonexistence of a subversion client in the shell environment.

GoDaddy also doesn’t provide a compiler, so building from the source isn’t a possibility.  I read a post suggesting it might be possible to use a binary and decided to give it a shot.

Poking around, I noticed my server was an X86 running CentOS 5.2 (which is essentially RHEL), so downloaded the CollbNet RedHat binary.  The binary was packaged as a RPM file, so I used another machine to unpack it:

rpm2cpio CollabNetSubversion-client-1.5.6-1.i386.rpm | cpio -id

The package I used only included the subversion client.  It also came with some PDFs, man pages, install scripts, and other unnecessary bits which I was able to pare down.  I transferred the leftovers to my GoDaddy home directory, changed some environment variables, and voila – it worked!

If you’re in the same boat, you can download a TAR with everything you need here.

Here’s a step-by-step to get it working from the command line:

  1. Download the TAR to your home directory:
  2. Unzip and unpack the archive:
    tar zxvf godaddy-svn-1.5.6.tar.gz
  3. If you haven’t adjusted your default .bashrc file, you can move the included bashrc.svn to overwrite your existing file:
    mv bashrc.svn .bashrc

    Or append the following to your existing .bashrc:

    export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/svn/bin
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/svn/lib

UPDATE – thanks to Alin for pointing out this will only work for repositories hosted with HTTP/HTTPS.  GoDaddy appears to be blocking the svnserve port 3690.


77 Responses to “Subversion on GoDaddy shared hosting”

  1. 1 Moses Aronov April 6, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    What is the username and password i use in dreamweaver when i use subversion

  2. 2 roi April 11, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Hi Eric,
    thanks for the details and work. I just wonder – since you posted this last month – is everything still going well, and it still works. I am worried because i am not sure how this solution goes together with GoDaddy’s policies, and if they can track your svn client down.



  3. 3 Rick Gerkin June 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for the tip. This helped a lot!

  4. 4 mpdeimos June 28, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Hey, thx for this – works great!

    I’ve initially searched for hosting an SVN server on godaddy, Do you think it is possible to work this out with a similar trick?

  5. 5 J4ckripp3r July 2, 2009 at 2:00 am

    I followed all of your steps and everything seemed to install.

    My question can you give me a link on how to use this SVN?

    Also how can I check if godaddy is blocking it or stopping it from working?

    Thank you so much!


  6. 6 Devin Fantasia July 11, 2009 at 9:38 am


    Although I have used GoDaddy, I have the preference of the Linux based for both price and functionality. Keep up the good work. Calorie looks great.

  7. 7 Alex September 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    This tutorial sucks. Can you show us how to actually USE this SVN once its up?

  8. 8 Noel October 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Thanks, Erik — much appreciated.

    @Alex, what is your problem? You want a full subversion tutorial, look elsewhere.

  9. 10 Dennis October 8, 2009 at 12:30 am


    Looks like they have come out with a new version. Will you be updating your tar file? Thank you for taking the time to post this information. Very helpful!

  10. 11 Mike Jutan October 26, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Hey Erik,

    Thanks a bunch buddy for all the great setup! I was trying to get p4 or CVS access and without sudo there isn’t much you can do in that realm it seemed… thanks a bunch for this, this is super helpful.

  11. 12 Pierre-Olivier Charlebois October 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks Erik, it worked like a charm!

    As mentionned, you will need your svn to listen to port 80 or 443.
    If you are running the svnserve service, you can add “–listen-port 80” as start arguments. Otherwise, I setup my router to redirect incoming traffic on port 80 to intranet port 3690. You will then be able to checkout on the host svn://yourhost:80/yourrepos without changing any configs on your server.

    Good luck!

  12. 13 Bikash October 28, 2009 at 6:46 am

    It Worked! But I am not sure, you mean this is only the client? Can I use it in anyway as a svn server?


  13. 14 Phill November 27, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Hi Erik,

    Can you please explain what we need to do after we install it?
    I’m obviously not an expert, I’ve never user linux and I just started using svn at work.
    I usually have an url to which to link to, like:
    Which domain should I use and how to create repositories?


  14. 15 Marcin December 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Worked great! Thanks a lot

  15. 16 Rocky January 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Question. Do you know if this can somehow work on a Hosting Windows Environment of GoDaddy? I am not aware of being able to compile the binary on a windows host…but then again I am not a linux guy.


  16. 17 I_Artist January 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Erik,

    I just (finally) finished compiling subversion 1.6.9 in order to install the client on my GoDaddy account. It works wonderfully thanks to your blazing the path.

    I’ve kept the archive on my desktop if you want to update your post with it, just let me know.

    Thanks for your original post!


  17. 19 Derek Basch January 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    To reload your .bashrc file after the steps above, do this:

    . ~/.bashrc

    I_Artist, you should just upload the files to google code and post the link 🙂


  18. 20 Ben Youngblut March 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Erik Thanks a ton, this is exactly what I was looking for. I have several clients that use godaddy and svn is essential for version control, For those of you looking for an SVN server options, I have used Unfuddle for svn, they offer free SVN and GIT repository hosting for up to 200Mb and two users.

    I am currently working on an svn web client that we will use to update production code with a web application rather then having to terminal in with ssh to just run the “svn update” command.

    I have this web svn client working just fine on several dedicated servers, I am just having a problem running the “svn update” command through php via the “exec” commands. I am pretty sure what is going wrong is a permissions problem, svn works perfectly when I terminal in with ssh, but when I run the command with php I get this error.

    error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    I can’t figure this out and it is driving me crazy, Erik or anyone else if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.


    • 21 Weber July 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      check the file permissions
      to get no doubts, try chmod 777
      if it works you can change it later to something more restrict

    • 22 don undeen February 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      I had the same problem, in my php code.
      didn’t see an answer here, so I thought I’d post my solution:

      in the php code, put:

      $lib_path = “/home/content/w/h/a/whatever/svn/lib”;
      $bin_path= “/home/content/w/h/a/whatever/svn/bin”;


      that worked for me.

  19. 23 Noel March 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Just wanted to note that on my godaddy account, ~/.bashrc is ignored — instead you must use ~/.bash_profile.

    Thanks very much for this.

    • 24 YellowShark September 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      this was my case also. i did this once and had no problems. then went to do it again on another client’s account and had issues, until discovering this note here from Noel. (my first time doing this was with a Deluxe hosting account established in 2007; this current time was with an Economy hosting account established just last week).

    • 25 delkant November 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks a lot.. Erik and Noel !! it works!!

  20. 26 joe234321 March 10, 2010 at 12:21 am

    It would be really useful if someone could post the 1.6.9 binaries that are extracted from the rpm already

  21. 27 Matthew Russell April 9, 2010 at 7:01 am


    Thanks so much for this info. I’ve used a similar process to get rsync on my shared GoDaddy space. Starting with the rsync rpm for RHEL 5, using rpm on the godaddy space, then cpio on my mac, and uploading the contents to my godaddy user’s home.

    Now I can rsync files between the goddady space and my mac using a command like the following.

    rsync -aPv –rsync-path=”~/rsync/usr/bin/rsync” user@domain:html .

    Note that I don’t think you can use rsync from the command line on the goddady server, since it doesn’t allow you to use ssh out again, which rsync depends on.

  22. 28 Hugh April 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Brilliant! (and thanks for providing the tar file)

  23. 29 youcef July 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Great work…thank you so much. but me i used .bash_profile instead to .bashrc because export doesn’t save in my session.

  24. 30 Weber July 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    This is just PERFECT!

    I have been looking for this a long time!

    Just one question: if I want to get more RPM packages, how can I get the right ones? I just tried one for gnu nano and I got “segmentation fault”

  25. 31 Erik Schoster July 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you SO much for this! Client is using godaddy and now I don’t have to go svn-free!

  26. 32 caker August 16, 2010 at 3:36 am

    hi Matthew,
    I’m really wanna the rsync command on godaddy, can you send me the files of rsync for godaddy ? mail : eggcaker at gmail dot com, thanks !

    • 33 Matthew Russell August 16, 2010 at 4:15 am

      Hi Caker

      Here’s a zip of the rsync files I have on my godaddy server.

      I don’t know if they’ll work on your server – it depends whether they’re the same OS etc.

      Export the zip into you home directory. You should just see an rsync directory added, containing all the bits.

      And then you should be able to run rsync onto the web server.

      to unzip the archive,

      from your computer you’re trying to rsync from (remember, you can’t run rsync from the server, because the ports needed aren’t open) include the –rsync-path=”~/rsync/usr/bin/rsync” option so it knows where rsync is on your server.

  27. 35 Jeff October 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thanks! You’re a life saver.

  28. 36 ata November 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    thanks guys, another life saved

  29. 37 Cristian Kocza November 12, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Thanks a lot for the info. It worked like a charm :). This saves a lot of time as I don’t have to re-upload the site every time I change something.

  30. 38 Jon z December 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Thank you for the post, this worked line for line. Hard to believe that a shared hosting provider as big as go-daddy hasn’t made it simpler to implement VCS deployment on their sites.

  31. 39 Lucho Molina January 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Hey thanks for sharing.

    I’m getting this error:

    ./svn: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    Can you help?

  32. 40 Lucho Molina January 14, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Fixed it!

    Had to call the exports from the command line, the .bashrc trick was not working.

  33. 42 Matt February 28, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I need a compiler to install Imagemagick for my godaddy hosting.

    Apparently, something is amiss with their Grid Hosting and Imagemagick.

    Is this what I am looking for?

    newbie, here.

  34. 43 Derek Kaye March 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, saved me a massive headache!

  35. 46 Tran Quang Thien March 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Hi bro,

    Your article is very interesting.

    But, I need your help. I have a shared hosting on Godaddy. Economy plan.
    I’ve push your command line on my Putty app.

    Now, how can I checkout/commit my code up to the hosting?
    I use TortoiseSVN. What is the url I can use?


  36. 47 Steve April 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Hey guys,

    I posted an updated version of these instructions (including the latest binaries) on my blog. Enjoy!

  37. 48 Hardik May 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Are you sure you had a shared hosting account?

    And what about windows hosting ???? 😦

  38. 49 Yashesh Bhatia October 13, 2011 at 1:41 am

    thank you. this worked great for me.

  39. 50 nitinlovesu March 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Is it still working on goDaddy?

  40. 51 Jon Harbour March 6, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Why would anyone need a subversion CLIENT on their web server? Who logs into the server to run the client app? The real question is how to install SVN server on Godaddy. Thanks anyway but why is this useful?

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    Hello, My site is on Godaddy shared hosting. it is

    I have enabled SSH but not able to install the Subversion client. My svn repository is on and i want to connect my site hosting to svn repository.

    Is there anyway to install svn client on my godaddy hosting. It is linux platform. Plz suggest, i am new in this field and trying to figure out the solutions.

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