Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Best free online svn repositories

Maybe you want to develop in a custom team environment or you usualy work on different machines (that's my case) and don't want to do annoying thinks like constantly sending the files from one PC to the other. What you really need is a code hosting in SVN or CSV to save your work and manage your projects wherever you are.

I was looking for a free online svn repository, I found a lot of them so it was a difficult choice. I'll try to summarize my research by describing some of the repositories that I've seen and I consider that are the best.

  • Source forge. Is the most noted open source software community and the most complete. So your project must be free, public and under an open source license. It hosts applications, website (including web traffic analytics) and source code on  SVN, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, or CVS servers. It provides issue tracking, wiki, blog, forums, statistics, support and more. If you are developing an open source project, you must be here, it's simply the best.
  • Google Code. The Project Hosting on Google Code gives you 2 Gb of storage space for Subversion or Mercurial repositories, issue tracking and a project wiki for the documentation. You only need a Google account to sign up and create a new project to include it in the Google's code space sorted by kind.
    The only possible "downside" you can find in using google code as a source repository may be the license. Like sourceforge, Google hosts only open source code (Apache License, GPL, GNU and so on), so the source will be visible to everyone. If you're looking for a private repository to do some kind business, this one is not for you.
    Of course, if you decide to use it as your repository, you can be sure that you will have one of the greatests code communities, maintenance and support for you.
  • Assembla. Although it's a payment development framework, it offers limited repository services for free and 30 days trial demos. I evaluate only the free features.
    Assembla private accounts are now free, so you can use it for your private projects like consulting. This type of account provides you 2Gb of Subversion or Git source space with SSL encryption. You can upgrade your account and pay a "small additional charge" to get a lot of professional features (one additional charge by feature) like monitor with Twitter, schedule milestones in an easy way, ticket issue management, support tool, mercurial, a project wiki, chat, skype, ftp, dashboard and many more.
    Like the previous mentioned repository, the Google account can be used to log into Assembla and manage your source projects.
    The main goal of Assembla is that it's a professional tool easy to setup that you can use for free in a limited version with a great storage size. I really recommend it over others if you are looking for a private one.
  • Beanstalk. The free account includes 100 Mb of source storage, 1 user and 1 Git/SVN private repository, daily backups, RSS, but without SSL. There are personal and professional accounts from 15$ to 200$ montly with a storage of 60Gb.
    Beanstalk is a simple and user-friendly tool for small projects with one committer.
  • Unfuddle. Provides a private SVN and Git free repository with 200 Mb storage. The free account limits the number of active projects to 1, archived projects to 0, maximum 2 people and 3 notebook pages. It includes the messaging, milestones, bug tracking and RSS services (no SSL encryption for free accounts).
  • It has a free plan with 200 Mb storage, limited to 2 private SVN projects (unlimited public projects) and unlimited users. Mercurial and Git are only available in payment plans. has free bug tracking, wiki, forum, blogs, file attachment and integration with multiple frameworks like twitter. There are a lot of payment features, like real-time backup for 2$/month.
  • Project Locker.This site allows you to have 3 users and 500 mb of storage for up to 3 SVN/Git projects. Project Locker is private, SSL encryption, bug tracking, wiki and project management.
  • Codeplex. Codeplex is an Open source community hosted by Microsoft (so you can use your Windows Live Id here) where you can host only open source project. It uses native Team Foundation Server as version control but SvnBridge is available to allow you to use SVN.
  • Origo. This is a hosting platform that provides SVN repository, project wiki and issue tracker for open or closed source projects absolutely free. The difference with the others is that Origo is an API not a website, so it can be integrated in IDEs like Eclipse with Mylyn.
  • Freepository. This is an old website (since 1999) that provides one SVN or Git private repository with no disk space limits, SSL encryption, back up every 4 hours, professional support for 1 committer user free. It's usage hasn't nice feedbacks.
  • Bitbucket. Since Bitbucket has been acquired by Atlassian, it's growing up and offers unlimited disk space, issue tracking, wiki, downloads, custom domains, unlimited public collaborators, 5 private users and RSS. It's the last on the list because it only offers Mercurial services, not SVN, but there are ways to convert your SVN system to Mercurial.
Here is a summary table of the source hosting websites described before:

Website Storage Visibility Issue tracking Wiki Version control Users Projects SSL
Source forge unlimited public yes yes SVN, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar, CVS unlimited unlimited
Google Code 2 Gb public yes yes SVN, Mercurial unlimited unlimited
Assembla 2 Gb private no no SVN, Git unlimited unlimited yes
Beanstalk 100 Mb private no no SVN, Git 1 1 no
Unfuddle 200 Mb private yes no SVN, Git 2 1 no 200 Mb private yes yes SVN unlimited 2 no
Project Locker 500 Mb private yes yes SVN 3 3 yes
Codeplex public yes yes SVN, TFS
Origo private yes yes SVN unlimited unlimited
Freepository unlimited private no no SVN 1 yes
Bitbucket unlimited private yes yes Mercurial 5 unlimited no


leon said...

great post. thanks. will be using xp-dev since it has unlimited number of users. thanks!

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Unknown said...

Very Imp info. Thanks a lot ....

Unknown said...

I would like to add to this list. Deveo provides free private Subversion (SVN) hosting with 1GB of storage for free. No user, project or repository limits. After 1GB of storage, the following GB's are priced 1€/GB/month.

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