Getting Bluefish - Latest Development Version

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To get the latest version of Bluefish you will need to download the source files from our SVN repository.

SVN Subversion, a version control system, is a widely used software development tool. It keeps track of changes to the source code, and allows for reversion to previous states. If you want to read more about SVN, have a look at

The Bluefish project's SVN repository is generously hosted by<ref></ref>. For more information about them, see their site. The project homepage is Our SVN repository contains the current Bluefish source code, including this manual. The repository is accessible by anyone, and is updated almost daily by the developers.

To access the repository, you need a few small utilities. They are likely to be available through your favorite source of software (ports, apt, etc). Here's how you get the source.

Procedure I.1. Getting the source

First installation:

  1. Go to the directory in which you want to put the sources:
$ cd TheChosenDirectory
  1. Get Bluefish using the command:
$ svn checkout bluefish-code 

A lot of files will be downloaded, and listed one by one. When the downloads have completed, you will find the bluefish sources in the subdirectory bluefish-code.

  1. Enter that directory and install bluefish using the instructions detailed in “Installing from Development Source”.

If you already have checked out the code, you only have to update it to retrieve the latest revision:

$ cd TheChosenDirectory/bluefish-code
$ svn update

and install bluefish using the instructions detailed in “Installing from Development Source”.