How to use vimdiff as SVN DIFF tool


in this post I am going to explain how to configure your svn-client to use vimdiff as default SVN diff tool.

when I work on my Linux machine, and I try to view changes done on a file before committing to SVN, I use SVN DIFF command to compare my changes.

it works cool for files having few changes, but whenever I make N number of changes to a large file, and I try to compare it using SVN DIFF its vary painful and time consuming task, but same will be easy if SVN show these changes graphically like VIMDIFF do. I always used vimdiff for comparing two files on my Linux machine.

that time I got the idea that, can we use VIMDIFF as SVN DIFF tool?

Answer is YES….

and here’s the solution:

create a file called any where on your machine i.e. /home/girishgaurav/



give it the execute permission using

chmod 777 /home/girishgaurav/

now you done half way 🙂

now open svn-client’s config file i.e. /etc/subversion/config


now you all done 🙂

now your SVN DIFF command will use vimdiff as default diff-viewer.



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