Crowd Authentication for svnserve


we have a fairly large repository and access through HTTP was becoming very slow. For HTTP we are/were using Crowd to authenticate and that worked great. The problem is that when we are using snvserve (so instead of HTTP:// we use SVN://) the users can not authenticate through Crowd.

Is there any way to get svnserve to use Crowd for authentication?

Thank you!

3 answers

Have you tried to checkout with username inside connection string, like

svn co svn://


checkout works without any issues. Everything except commit (ci) works. I guess the issue is that svnserve uses "basic" authentication (which I did not set up) and I need it to use Crowd.

My question would be if it is even possible to use Crowd to authenticate svnserve commits.

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As far as I know, Atlassian does not provide any way to use Crowd authentication with svnserve. (I'm a Crowd developer.)

It looks like svnserve 's approach to supporting authentication is a password-db file which has a list of usernames and their passwords. That doesn't provide an easy way to integrate it with Crowd (unless you're storing plain text passwords in Crowd, which we don't recommend you do).

Given it's open source, one could write a Crowd plugin or custom build for it.

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