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Git extension for versioning large files


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Git LFS is a command line extension and specification for managing large files with Git. The client is written in Go, with pre-compiled binaries available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD. Check out the Git LFS website for a high level overview of features.

See for info on working on Git LFS and sending patches. Related projects are listed on the Implementations wiki page. You can chat with the team at:

Getting Started

You can install Git LFS several different ways, depending on your setup and preferences.

Once installed, you can run git lfs init to setup the global Git hooks necessary for Git LFS to work. You can get help on specific commands directly:

$ git lfs help <subcommand>

The official documentation has command references and specifications for the tool.

Note: Git LFS requires Git v1.8.2 or higher.


Git LFS uses .gitattributes files to configure which are managed by Git LFS. Here is a sample one that saves zips and mp3s:

$ cat .gitattributes
*.mp3 filter=lfs -text
*.zip filter=lfs -text

Git LFS can manage .gitattributes for you:

$ git lfs track "*.mp3"
Tracking *.mp3

$ git lfs track "*.zip"
Tracking *.zip

$ git lfs track
Listing tracked paths
    *.mp3 (.gitattributes)
    *.zip (.gitattributes)

$ git lfs untrack "*.zip"
Untracking *.zip

$ git lfs track
Listing tracked paths
    *.mp3 (.gitattributes)

Pushing commits

Once setup, you're ready to push some commits:

$ git add
$ git commit -m "add zip"

You can confirm that Git LFS is managing your zip file:

$ git lfs ls-files

Once you've made your commits, push your files to the Git remote:

$ git push origin master
12.58 MB / 12.58 MB  100.00 %
Counting objects: 2, done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (5/5), done.
Writing objects: 100% (5/5), 548 bytes | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 5 (delta 1), reused 0 (delta 0)
   67fcf6a..47b2002  master -> master

See the Git LFS overview and man pages.