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Managing Repositories

Review Board supports talking to multiple source code repositories of various types. A single Review Board server can be configured with nearly an unlimited number of repositories, making it useful in large projects and companies as well as small. These are managed in the Administration UI through either the database section or the Administrator Dashboard.

Adding Repositories

In order for Review Board to talk to a source code repository, it must first know how to access it.

To add a new repository, click the Add link next to the Repositories entry in the database section or the Administrator Dashboard.

A form will appear with the following fields:

  • Name (required)

    This is the human-readable name of the repository that users will see. The name can be whatever you like and will appear on the “New Review Request” page and in the review request’s displayed information.

  • Path (required)

    This is the path to the repository on the server. It must be accessible by the server running Review Board. The value depends on the repository type. See Determining Repository Information below for more information.

  • Mirror Path (optional)

    This is an alternate path for the repository that is used during lookups. It’s usually used when there’s separate developer and anonymous URLs for the repository, with the anonymous URL entered in Path and the developer URL entered in Mirror Path. Review Board will always use the main path when looking up files.

    See Determining Repository Information below for more information on the URLs.

  • Username and Password (optional)

    Some repositories will require a username and password for access, some require only a username, and some don’t require either and instead allow for anonymous access.

    Subversion repositories, for example, generally provide anonymous access, while CVS and Perforce generally require a username but not a password.

    The administrator of the repository should know what is required. This varies depending on the setup.

  • Tool (required)

    This is the type of the repository. These values should be straightforward.

  • Bug Tracker (optional)

    In most projects, there’s a bug tracker associated with the repository or project, and review requests will often reference bugs.

    Review Board will automatically link any bugs to the bug tracker associated with the repository if this field is provided.

    The value of the field should be the path of a ticket, except with %s substituted for the ticket name.

    For example:
    • Bugzilla: http://bugzilla.example.com/show_bug.cgi?id=%s
    • Google Code: http://code.google.com/p/myproject/issues/detail?id=%s
    • Trac: http://trac.example.com/ticket/%s

    If you don’t use a bug tracker with projects in this repository, this field can be left blank.

  • Encoding (optional)

    In some cases there’s confusion as to the proper encoding to expect from files in a repository. You can set this to the proper encoding type (such as utf-8) if you need to, but generally you don’t want to touch this field if things are working fine. You can leave this blank.

When done, click Save to create the repository entry.

Editing Repositories

In the event that you need to change the information on a repository (for example, if the repository path or the bug tracker URL has changed), you can edit your repository information by clicking Repositories in the Administrator Dashboard or Database section of the Administration UI.

See Adding Repositories for a description of each field.

When done, click Save to save your changes.

Deleting Repositories

To delete a repository, follow the instructions in Editing Repositories to find the repository you want to get rid of. Then click Delete at the bottom of the page.


Deleting a repository will delete any and all review requests, reviews, diffs, or other data associated with it. You should never delete a repository that has been previously used, unless the server is really dead and gone with no replacement (in which case review requests won’t be able to grab the diff information anyway).

Determining Repository Information

The Path field for a repository is very dependent on the type of repository you’re configuring. This section provides some help for determining which value to use.


Review Board supports several methods of connecting to a CVS server. In particular, the following connection types can be used:

  • :ext:
  • :fork:
  • :gserver:
  • :kgserver:
  • :local:
  • :pserver:
  • :server:

If you use one of these connection types and provide it for the Path field, you won’t need to fill in the Username and Password fields.

If you use :pserver:, you can instead provide a Path of the form hostname:port/path and then specify the username and password in the appropriate fields.

Some example of valid paths include:

  • cvs.example.com/cvsroot
  • :pserver:anonymous@cvs.example.com/cvsroot
  • :pserver:myuser:mypass@cvs.example.com:1234/cvsroot
  • :local:C:\CVSROOTS\myproject

To determine the path of an existing checkout, you can go to the top-most directory of the checkout and type:

$ cat CVS/Root

You should use the contents of this file as the repository path, adjusting the username, password or path as necessary.


In order to use Git with Review Board, you’ll first need a local checkout, which should be kept in sync regularly. Ideally, this checkout will be the master upstream repository, or a clone kept in sync on every commit.

The Path field should be the full path of the .git directory inside this checkout. For example: /var/git/projectname/.git

The Mirror path field should contain the repository URL. Find the URL you should use from within a git checkout by running the following:

$ git remote show origin

The value shown as URL: should be entered as the mirror path. For example: git@git.example.com:projectname.git

The Username and Password fields should be blank.


The Perforce path can be retrieved from an existing Perforce checkout by typing the following:

$ p4 info

Use the value from the Server address field.

In most setups, the Username field must be provided. This must be a user that has access to the whole repository. In some setups, this is a dedicated read-only user.

Note that Review Board will only ever use this user for read-only operations. It will never write to the repository.


The Subversion path can be retrieved from an existing Subversion checkout by typing the following:

$ svn info

Use the value from the Repository Root field.

In most server setups, Subversion provides anonymous access, so the Username and Password fields won’t need to be filled out. However, this depends on the server setup. Some are more restricted and will require a dedicated user.

In Subversion setups where there’s a public anonymous URL and a secured developer URL (such as one using https or svn+ssh), you should put the public URL in Path field and your developer URL in the Mirror Path.