How to install Perforce Source Control Client P4V on Windows
This tutorial explains how to install Perforce Client P4V, a Software Configuration Management (SCM) system based on a client/server architecture.
Key concepts about Perforce Client P4V
- P4V, the Perforce Visual Client, provides quick and easy access to versioned files through a graphical interface
- Users can work on files in local client workspaces
- Create a new Perforce Workspace
- Add files and Commit
- Check Out and make changes
- Submit changes
- Revert unwanted changes
- Edit Workspace and Client Mappings
- Show History
- Provide a flexible UI for branching and merging
- Depot Browser
This article belongs to a 7 -part series on Understanding Perforce Source Control P4D Server in Windows Operating System
Installing P4V Client- Some Diagrams
Here are the steps to install the 32bit Perforce Client on Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.
Step 1.Select the Operating System platform and Download the Perforce Client from here. I am installing version 2011.1/428988 downloaded on April 5 2012.
Step 2. Double click on p4vinst.exe program and start the Installation process. Perforce Client Components Setup prepares the InstallShield Wizard, which will guide you through the program setup process.
Step 3. Select the default options once the installation process starts to install the Server(P4V) and the command line Client P4
Step 4. Add the port number used by client applications to connect to this server. Browse and Select the Install Directory or choose default options.
Step 5. The next step is the Client Configuration. Enter the port, text editing application and the user name for connecting to the Perforce server.
Step 6. Start the Perforce Client Installation on Windows.
Step 7. Initialising the Perforce Client Installation Steps.
Step 8. Finish Installing the Perforce Client on Windows 7 Ultimate
How to use the Perforce Client Connection Setup Wizard to checkin files
Step 1. First Steps – Run the Perforce Client Connection setup Wizard from Start–> Programs –> P4V
Step 2. P4V can detect the servers on the network. Choose a server from the list or enter your connection settings manually
Step 3. Connect to the Server with an existing username or create a new one
Step 4. Create a new Workspace. Specify the location of the workspace
Step 5. The Perforce Client Connection setup Wizard finishes.
Step 6. You can now add a few files to the Perforce version control repository
Step 7. I am adding a few of my log files to the workspace
Step 8. Click Finish to add your files
Step 9. SUCCESS – You have successfully installed the Perforce Client P4V, configured it to connect to the Perforce Server P4D. You have also created a workspace and added a few files. Next read the tutorial on Working with Files on Perforce.
Try it Out
- Download Perforce Client from the Perforce Website http://www.perforce.com/downloads/latest-features
- Run the Installer
- Once you have the Perforce Server up and running, install a visual client and start versioning your files.
- Create your Workspaces and Add Files to your Perforce Source Control System. Full tutorial is in Part III