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Summary Web-based version control repository browser
Category scm
License BSD License
Owner(s) cmpilato

ViewVC — Web-based Version Control Repository Browsing

Latest Release(s)

The most recent stable release of ViewVC is: 1.1.24

What Is ViewVC?

ViewVC is a browser interface for CVS and Subversion version control repositories. It generates templatized HTML to present navigable directory, revision, and change log listings. It can display specific versions of files as well as diffs between those versions. Basically, ViewVC provides the bulk of the report-like functionality you expect out of your version control tool, but much more prettily than the average textual command-line program output.

Here are some of the additional features of ViewVC:

  • Support for filesystem-accessible CVS and Subversion repositories
  • Individually configurable virtual host support
  • Line-based annotation/blame display
  • Revision graph capabilities (CVS only)
  • Syntax highlighting support
  • Path-based authorization
  • Commit metadata query facilities
  • Template-driven output generation
  • Colorized, side-by-side differences
  • Tarball generation (by tag for CVS, by revision for Subversion)
  • Ability to run as CGI script, under mod_python, or as a standalone server application
  • Regexp-based file searching
  • INI-like configuration file (no code tweaking required)
  • Localization support based on the Accept-Language request header

For a complete list of changes present in each release, see ViewVC's CHANGES file.

Wanna Talk About ViewVC?

User/Admin Discussion Developer Discussion
If you have questions about ViewVC — how to configure it, if some behavior you are seeing is expected or not, and so on — send email to users@viewvc.tigris.org or use your favorite IRC client to pop into #viewvc on irc.freenode.net. If you'd like to discuss the actual development of ViewVC itself, or submit a patch to ViewVC's sources, you can do so on our development list, dev@viewvc.tigris.org.


Who needs screenshots when you can visit and interact with running ViewVC instances? The following sites are running various versions of ViewVC: