What is a software repository


The term repository generally stands for storage location or container. In software technology, it is a central repository in which digital data, documents, objects and programs are managed with their metadata.

Depending on the version, a repository is a software repository for managing software programs, a metadata repository for managing metadata, a version repository for version management or other repositories. Repositories are used in document management and content management as well as in version management (CVS). The content is marked with metadata.

The repositories are carefully compiled by program providers and provided with information about the version and how they work with other programs, so that they can be called up in the correct format in the event of inquiries. In addition to the actual data, the various versions, concepts and their developments are also stored in the repository, which means that all of the stored software modules are saved with all of the information. Authorized authors and users can access and change the data and documents stored in repositories. Version management and information maintenance ensure that only programs are installed on computers that function smoothly with the programs already installed, which means that fewer errors occur when installing programs.

With software engineering, you can access all reusable program blocks and thereby reduce development times. In addition to the documentation of the software, the software developer can access the functional description, the interface specifications and the program code.