Subversion: 200,000 and counting

Last August I blogged about Subversion running on 150,000 public Apache servers. On December 31st ’07 that number had grown to 199,432, less than 600 short of allowing me to open the New Year with a 200K

I looked at the number again this morning: Subversion is now on more than 220,000 servers. A month-over-month growth of over 10%. These numbers are staggering and – following the same logic as last time – I estimate that the number of developers using Subversion must now be over 2.5 million.

The data only reflect a subset of the Subversion servers out there. There are lots of Apache servers that do not report their modules, there’s svnserve, and then there is Subversion behind firewalls. The graph shows a trend, not the absolute number.

At CollabNet we track more data around Subversion and I see similar trends in other areas. For instance, downloads of the free 15-user version of SourceForge Enterprise Edition
continues to be strong. I only have data from the last seven months (we
acquired SFEE last year) but it is clear that more and more people are
looking for an enterprise platform around Subversion to manage
Subversion and crack the nut of globally distributed development.

If you want to read about managing Subversion through SFEE, check
out the paragraph “SourceForge Enterprise SCM Integration Framework”
in the December 2007 openCollabNet Technical Newsletter (find it in the newsletter archive).
One of the interesting things of SFEE is that it can easily take
existing Subversion repositories under its hood and you can even manage
non-Subversion legacy systems. This is great for migrations to
Subversion. For example, start new projects on SVN but continue some
existing ones on ClearCase until these projects are ready to migrate.

You can download the free 15-user version of SourceForge Enterprise
Edition from openCollabNet. One caveat though: it’s a VMware image that
only supports the Subversion server that comes with it. To manage other
Subversion servers or legacy systems, you need the full version of
SourceForge Enterprise Edition.

Attribution: Subversion data provided by E-Soft ( If you want to track the number month by month, monitor our Subversion growth page.

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3 comments on “Subversion: 200,000 and counting
  1. Congratulations!
    At the moment I am helping a company to switch their development process to subversion.
    The Beta downloads are already 3 months old, when will they be updated?
    Is there any news about a possible release date for the long-awaited Merge Tracking?

  2. Oh, one thing, the mentioned article is included in the December 2007 newsletter:
    And for such big downloads, why don’t you offer BitTorrent links?
    They can easily be generated automatically:

  3. Hi René,
    Oh yes, the December Newsletter. I corrected the post. Thanks for pointing it out.
    Before we acquired SFEE, VA Software supported bittorrent downloads but they told us that people hardly used it, so we decided not to do it. If more people start requesting bittorrent, we might reconsider of course.
    We will update the SVN beta binaries soon. The 1.5 release branch was created a few days back. There are one or two things the developers will fix in this branch that we are waiting for before updating the binaries. Check back in a few days. As for a release date: when the new binaries are posted on openCollabNet, lets help the community with testing to shorten the soak time and get a solid 1.5.

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