Bazaar support for Subversion branches, working trees and repositories



bzr-svn is a plugin that allows Bazaar direct access to Subversion repositories. It allows most bzr commands to work directly against Subversion repositories, as if you were using bzr with a native bzr repository.

The plugin can at the moment be used to commit to, pull from, merge from, push to and view logs of Subversion branches from Bazaar.

It also provides a Bazaar subcommand ("bzr svn-import") for converting complete Subversion repositories to Bazaar repositories.


The following features are currently present:


bzr-svn can be used through the regular Bazaar user interface, see the Bazaar Documentation Overview and the Bazaar User Guide for documentation on that.

Some bzr-svn specific issues are answered by the FAQ included with bzr-svn.


Please use the regular Bazaar channels for support for questions about bzr-svn.


Unsupported Subversion File Properties

Some Subversion properties can currently not be represented in Bazaar and are therefore ignored for the time being:

Other features currently held back by Bazaars feature set:

Bazaar Commands

All Bazaar commands should work fine with Subversion branches or should properly inform you that they do not. If you find any commands that don't work, please file a bug.


All releases



You will need a recent version of Bazaar. bzr-svn will warn if the Bazaar release used is too old or too new.


You need the Subvertpy Python module, which provides Python bindings for the Subversion library.


Simply place this directory in ~/.bazaar/plugins and you should be able to check out branches from Subversion using bzr. Make sure the directory name is 'svn'. The plugin has to be built as well by running make.


Instead of installing the plugin yourself, you can also install a prepackaged version of it for your platform.

Windows Setup

The standard Windows installers for Bazaar include bzr-svn.

Debian/Ubuntu GNU/Linux

Debian/Ubuntu packages are available from Debian experimental/sid and the Bazaar PPA.

Ubuntu's in-development release usually also contain the latest release.

Debian's main repositories also have bzr-svn since at least the lenny release.

Gentoo Linux

An unofficial Gentoo overlay containing a bzr-svn ebuild are hosted on launchpad at

Mac OS X

bzr-svn is included in the MacOSXBundle.

bzr-svn is also available in MacPorts, and can be installed with: $ sudo port install bzr-svn


Please file bug reports in launchpad. The product URL for bzr-svn is



  • lp:bzr-svn (current release series)

Unit testing

To run the bzr-svn testsuite, simply run 'bzr selftest svn'


bzr-svn was written by Jelmer Vernooij with the help from various other people. See the AUTHORS file in the source distribution for a list.