I'm very wet behind the ears on my Mac as I'm a windows developer.

I'm trying to find out if I have SVN installed and where it is but I cannot even figure out this basic task.

I've got a terminal window open (is this using bash?) and according to things I've read it could be in /usr/local/bin but I cannot even seem to get the terminal app to change to this directory.

Can I view any of this with finder as I cannot seem to even locate it using Finder.

I feel extremely dumb right now.


Most probably you won't have SVN installed by default. But you can check by running this in your terminal:

$ whereis svn

Generally speaking you can do that for any executable

$ whereis cat
cat: /bin/cat /usr/share/man/man1/cat.1.gz /usr/share/man/man1p/cat.1p.gz

When not installed:

 $ whereis nothing
  • I've installed Xcode so I think it was installed with that as whereis svn returned /usr/bin/svn – Jammer May 20 '14 at 21:31
  • Urgh, so many questions ... – Jammer May 20 '14 at 21:34
  • It's installed actually. Run $ svn --version to test it. – drkblog May 20 '14 at 22:02
  • Indeed, I ran that and got 1.6 back and now I'm in the process of updating this but run into another problem and I've just posted a question about that. – Jammer May 20 '14 at 22:10

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