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bzr 1.17

Friendly distributed version control system

Latest Version: 2.6.0

Bazaar (bzr) is a decentralized revision control system, designed to be easy for developers and end users alike. Bazaar is part of the GNU project to develop a complete free operating system.

To install Bazaar from source, follow the instructions in the INSTALL file. Otherwise, you may want to check your distribution package manager for ready-to-install packages, or

To learn how to use Bazaar, check the documentation in the doc/ directory. Once installed, you can also run ‘bzr help’. An always up-to-date and more complete set of documents can be found in the Bazaar website, at:

Bazaar is written in Python, and is sponsored by Canonical Limited, the founders of Ubuntu and Launchpad. Bazaar is Free Software, and is released under the GNU General Public License.

Bazaar was formerly known as Bazaar-NG. It’s the successor to baz, a fork of GNU arch, but shares no code. (To upgrade from Baz, use the baz-import command in the bzrtools plugin.)

Bazaar highlights

  • Easy to use and intuitive.

    Only five commands are needed to do all basic operations, and all commands have documentation accessible via ‘bzr help command’. Bazaar’s interface is also easy to learn for CVS and Subversion users.

  • Robust and reliable.

    Bazaar is developed under an extensive test suite. Branches can be checked and verified for integrity at any time, and revisions can be signed with PGP/GnuPG.

  • Publish branches with HTTP.

    Branches can be hosted on an HTTP server with no need for special software on the server side. Branches can be uploaded by bzr itself over SSH (SFTP), or with rsync.

  • Adapts to multiple environments.

    Bazaar runs on Linux and Windows, fully supports Unicode filenames, and suits different development models, including centralized.

  • Easily extended and customized.

    A rich Python interface is provided for extending and embedding, including a plugin interface. There are already many available plugins, most of them registered at

  • Smart merging.

    Changes will never be merged more than once, conflicts will be minimized, and identical changes are dealt with well.

  • Vibrant and active community.

    Help with Bazaar is obtained easily, via the mailing list, or the IRC channel.

Registration and Feedback

If you encounter any problems with Bazaar, need help understanding it, or would like to offer suggestions or feedback, please get in touch with us:

If you would like to help us improve Bazaar by telling us about yourself and what we could do better, please register and complete the online survey here: Registration is completely optional.

Enjoy, The Bazaar Team

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