Difference Between GIT and SVN

Difference Between GIT and SVN

In this article I am going to discuss a comparison between two famous version control system GIT and SVN both have their set of merits and demerits over each other.

Before going further let’s first understand what is GIT and SVN.


Git is a distributed version control system for tracking changes in source code during software development. It is designed for coordinating work among programmers, but it can be used to track changes in any set of files. Its goals include speed, data integrity, and support for distributed, non-linear workflows.

SVN (Subversion)

Apache Subversion is a software versioning and revision control system distributed as open-source under the Apache License. Software developers use Subversion to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation.

So, now let’s look into the below table to find out some differences between GIT and SVN.

Subversion (SVN)
It is a distributed version control system used for source code management.

SVN is centralized versioning and revision control system.
Every user can maintain their own copy of code on their local, similar to branch.

Everyone has a working copy and changes are made to a central repository.
It works on two stages commit and push.

It works on a single stage i.e. commit.
It Requires very less Storage.
Requires much more storage compared to GIT.

It automatically remembers the revision of merges.

In SVN we need to remember about the last revision of merged.
It maintains information about the user who has performed the merge.

All changes are done on the branch appears to be made by merging users.
User can easily switch between different branches on the same code base.

To Work on a branch, the user must copy the trunk into another directory and then merge it back when complete.

We can view merge specific changes.

Not possible to see merge related changes.
It can work in both online as well as offline mode, so network access is not mandatory.

Must be connected to the network for commit.
It has easy to fork, branch, and merges
Branching and merging is time-consuming.



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