Let’s say your colleagues are working in SVN, but you prefer GIT. There is a solution for it - git svn. There are a lot of guides on how to use it, but most of the times they are relating to a standard SVN repository. What if yours is not?


Let’s say the repo url is https://svn.example.com/svn/projects/libraries/lib1 and there you have a standard folders like trunk, branches and tags.

Her’s how to clone it:

git svn clone --no-minimize-url --stdlayout https://svn.example.com/svn/projects/libraries/lib1

or instead of git svn clone ... do git svn init ... to initialize it and later on, inside the folder do git svn fetch to fetch the content.


  • --stdlayout will tell that there are trunk, branches and tags folders under lib1 project.
  • --no-minimize-url will indicate that the whole url is the path to the project, otherwise it will try to clone the root url.

Next, run git svn show-ignore > .git/info/exclude to tell GIT to ignore the files that SVN is ignoring


git svn rebase will pull any changes from remote and rebase your local repo on top of it.


Do your stuff, git commit to save it, git svn dcommit to “push” it

Other usefull commands

  • git svn info - show info from remote, with last update status
  • git reset --hard - resets the current repo to the last commit

Other resourses

  • https://git-scm.com/book/en/v1/Git-and-Other-Systems-Git-and-Subversion