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Subversion Repository

We use Subversion for version control when developing Geany. You can use it to test the latest source code, even between releases.

To check out Geany make sure you have the subversion package installed on your system. Then run the following command:

svn co geany

This creates a subdirectory "geany" and puts all files in it.

To build with autotools, change to that subdirectory and run:


This will create and run the configure script for you. You must have installed various GNU autotools packages - if not, the script will print out what you need to install. In particular you need at least automake version 1.7 or later.

For more details, or to use Waf, see Building From Source.

Make Problems

When updating and rebuilding, autotools can sometimes fail to regenerate the Makefiles correctly. You may need to run:

make distclean

Subversion Commands

If you find any problems with the SVN version, please tell us the revision number.

  • Run svn info to find what revision you checked out.
  • Run svn up to update to the latest revision.
  • Run svn diff to see local modifications - see Hacking for how to make patches.

See for more information.

Web-Based Interface

There is also a web-based interface to the Subversion repository. There you can browse through the repository and view each file on ViewVC.

Nightly Tarballs

There are also nightly tarballs available. These tarballs are generated each night at 04:27 UTC from the current SVN version. You can download them at

Nightly Builds

Nightly builds of Geany are available for different plattforms, including Windows (32bit), Debian Stable (i386 and amd64), Fedora (i686) and Arch (i686). The binaries are created nightly on a server from the latest SVN version but are completely untested. Use them at your own risk.

You will find any nightly built package at