NAV is freely available under the GNU GPLv2 license.
We recommend the Debian package. The package is currently the most comprehensive as it takes care of all dependencies. It also includes a short and well documented cook book of things you need to do after installation. Your procedure will be this:
In principle, NAV can run on any Unix-like platform, as long as Apache and Python are supported.
NAV has been pre-packaged as a virtual appliance in OVF format. This can be used as a base for kick-starting a NAV service on a virtual infrastructure, or just for testing/evaluation purposes. See the navappliance page for more information.
NAV uses Mercurial as its version control system. The default (trunk) and stable branches can be accessed at https://nav.uninett.no/hg/ .
If your OS doesn't provide a prepackaged Mercurial client, you can download the client here: http://mercurial.selenic.com/wiki/Download. To clone (checkout) the default NAV branch using Mercurial:
hg clone https://nav.uninett.no/hg/default/ nav-default
This will create the directory
nav-default/ containing the latest
(hopefully stable) development version.
To later on update your cloned repository and working copy to the latest development
version, go to the directory
hg pull hg update
Note that to build the development version, the
must be generated by autoconf:
See DevVerToFreeBSD for a cookbook on how to install the development head on a FreeBSD machine (similar procedures for other OSes).