A.6. Subversion Mirror Sites

All mirrors carry all repositories.

The master FreeBSD Subversion server, svn.FreeBSD.org, is publicly accessible, read-only. That may change in the future, so users are encouraged to use one of the official mirrors. To view the FreeBSD Subversion repositories through a browser, use http://svnweb.FreeBSD.org/.


The FreeBSD svn mirror network is still in its early days, and will likely change. Do not count on this list of mirrors being static. In particular, the SSL certificates of the servers will likely change at some point.

NameProtocolsLocationSSL fingerprint
svn0.us-west.FreeBSD.orgsvn, http, httpsUSA, CaliforniaSHA1 1C:BD:85:95:11:9F:EB:75:A5:4B:C8:A3:FE:08:E4:02:73:06:1E:61
svn0.us-east.FreeBSD.orgsvn, http, https, rsyncUSA, New JerseySHA1 1C:BD:85:95:11:9F:EB:75:A5:4B:C8:A3:FE:08:E4:02:73:06:1E:61
svn0.eu.FreeBSD.orgsvn, http, https, rsyncEurope, UKSHA1 39:B0:53:35:CE:60:C7:BB:00:54:96:96:71:10:94:BB:CE:1C:07:A7

HTTPS is the preferred protocol, providing protection against another computer pretending to be the FreeBSD mirror (commonly known as a man in the middle attack) or otherwise trying to send bad content to the end user.

On the first connection to an HTTPS mirror, the user will be asked to verify the server fingerprint:

Error validating server certificate for 'https://svn0.us-west.freebsd.org:443':
 - The certificate is not issued by a trusted authority. Use the
   fingerprint to validate the certificate manually!
 - The certificate hostname does not match.
Certificate information:
 - Hostname: svnmir.ysv.FreeBSD.org
 - Valid: from Jul 29 22:01:21 2013 GMT until Dec 13 22:01:21 2040 GMT
 - Issuer: clusteradm, FreeBSD.org, (null), CA, US (clusteradm@FreeBSD.org)
 - Fingerprint: 1C:BD:85:95:11:9F:EB:75:A5:4B:C8:A3:FE:08:E4:02:73:06:1E:61
(R)eject, accept (t)emporarily or accept (p)ermanently?

Compare the fingerprint shown to those listed in the table above. If the fingerprint matches, the server security certificate can be accepted temporarily or permanently. A temporary certificate will expire after a single session with the server, and the verification step will be repeated on the next connection. Accepting the certificate permanently will store the authentication credentials in ~/.subversion/auth/ and the user will not be asked to verify the fingerprint again until the certificate expires.

If HTTPS cannot be used due to firewall or other problems, SVN is the next choice, with slightly faster transfers. When neither can be used, use HTTP.

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