Setting up CVS on Windows

By : |August 31, 2005 0

CVS has been one of the most widely used version-control software on Linux. But what about Windows users? The answer is
CVSNT. You can use this along with a lot of Windows plug-ins to have your own CVS server on Windows. 

Latest version of CVSNT can be downloaded from, and the Windows plug-in for client
machines called TortoiseCVS from 

TortoiseCVS is a plug-in that lets you manage your CVS graphically. And CVSNT is the CVS environment for Windows.
You may also need to download Perl and C compilers to work with CVSNT. There are some more graphical applications like WinCVS for managing CVS repositories, but TortoiseCVS is the simplest one that we found. 

You will need to install CVSNT and Tortoise CVS on your machine.


Applies to: Developers, sysadmins

USP: Set up CVS on Windows graphically

Primary link: 

Google keywords: cvsnt
On PCQXtreme CD:
systems\labs\ CWS_WIN

Install CVSNT and follow the wizard until you see this dialogue box. When this box appears, select the Complete option and continue

Follow the wizard normally unless you see this screen. If this screen comes, don’t forget to click on the Reboot option else the CVS server won’t work properly
Open the Control Panel and you’ll find a new fish icon for CVS for NT. Click on it
You will see two services running, CVS Service and CVS Lock Service. Stop both by clicking on the Stop button
Go to the Repositories tab and click on the Add button. From the browse menu, select an empty folder in which you want to set the Repository and follow the instructions 
Go to the ‘Server Settings’ tab and enter the IP address on which you want to run the CVS lock server. By default it is localhost. You can change it to any external IP address
Select an empty folder, right click on it and click on ‘CVS-Make New Module’ option
Select the credentials you specified for the repository, to create a new module in it 
If you see this dialogue box, it means that you have successfully created a client module in your CVS system
The Green check mark indicates a CVS module directory. Right click on it to run CVS commands

Source: PCQuest

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