Both GIT and SVN are the two most popular types of source code management tools that you can use in your software development project with ease. Even though both are popular, they have considerable differences between them that need to be considered before you choose which tool to use.

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What is GIT?

GIT is a distributed version control system that will replicate all your commits and the entire history of the project on making a clone repository. There are three stages in which GIT can be used. These are:

  • Working directory: Platform for coding and maintaining the source codes.
  • Staging area: You can store the files that will be committed in future
  • Local repository: Uploading and managing codes from the local system.

Advantages of GIT

  • Settings and configurations of parent projects can be modified for child projects
  • Builds for different environments can be processed simultaneously
  • All the codes will be secured using the SHA1 algorithm
  • Nonlinear development procedures are supported by GIT which is a major plus point.
  • It is an open-source platform and can be used by all employees working on the same project.

What is SVN?

SVN of Subversion is a centralized version control system. All the data will be stored on a central server and at a time, you will be able to see only one version of the project. All project histories and commits will be stored in your local repository and hence, you can make changes, access data, and even commit without the availability of the internet.

Advantages of SVN

  • You can branch the codes to work on multiple project versions at once.
  • It supports binary files for transferring them into the executable software version
  • You can set different types of authorization based on routing
  • It supports multiple languages, starting from Java to PHP.
  • File locking is possible with SVN
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