Git extension for versioning large files (by git-lfs)

Git-lfs Alternatives

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  • Aho – a Git implementation in Awk
    8 projects | | 10 Feb 2024
    It doesn't, since Git's data model has to be changed to content-defined chunks to solve the issue.

    You should look at git-lfs[1] instead.


  • Launch HN: Diversion (YC S22) – Cloud-Native Git Alternative
    5 projects | | 22 Jan 2024
    Congrats on the HN launch. How does this improve or expand or blow git-lfs[1] out of the water because if I needed large blob file support it's what I would use instead. It offers pointers to the big files to the hosted git instead of pushing around the binaries itself -- though I am speculating since I've not used it myself just read about it online.


  • Ask HN: Can we do better than Git for version control?
    17 projects | | 10 Dec 2023
    fine with layers: e.g., large binary files via git-lfs ( and merge conflicts in non-textual files by custom merge resolvers like Unity’s (

    Perhaps in the future, almost everyone will keep using Git at the core, but have so many layers to make it more intuitive and provide better merges, that what they’re using barely resembles Git at all. This flexibility and the fact that nearly everything is designed for Git and integrates with Git, are why I doubt it’s ever going away.

    Some alternatives for thought:

    - pijul (, a completely different VCS which allegedly has better merges/rebases. In beta, but I rarely hear about it nowadays and have heard more bad than good. I don’t think we can implement this alternate rebases in Git, but maybe we don’t need to; even after reading the website, I don’t understand why pijul’s merges are better, and in particular I can’t think of a concrete example nor does pijul provide one.

    - Unison ( This isn’t a VCS, but a language with a radical approach to code representation: instead of code being text stored in files, code is ASTs referenced by hash and stored in essentially a database. Among other advantages, the main one is that you can rename symbols and they will automatically propagate to dependencies, because the symbols are referenced by their hash instead of their name. I believe this automatic renaming will be common in the future, whether it’s implemented by a layer on top of Git or alternate code representation like Unison (to be clear, Unison’s codebases are designed to work with Git, and the Unison project itself is stored in Git repos).

    - SVN, the other widespread VCS. Google or ask ChatGPT “Git vs SVN” and you’ll get answers like this (, Basically, SVN is easier to understand and handles large files better, Git is decentralized and more popular. But what about the differences which can’t be resolved by layers, like lazygit for intuition and git-lfs for large files? It seems to me like even companies with centralized private repositories use Git, meaning Git will probably win in the long term, but I don’t work at those companies so I don’t really know.

    - Mercurial and Fossil, the other widespread VCSs. It seems these are more similar to Git and the main differences are in the low-level implementation (, It actually seems like most people prefer Mercurial and Fossil over Git and would use them if they had the same popularity, or at least if they had Git’s popularity and Git had Mercury or Fossil’s. But again, these VCSs are so similar that with layers, you can probably create a Git experience which has their advantages and almost copies their UI.

  • We Put Half a Million Files in One Git Repository, Here's What We Learned (2022)
    4 projects | | 28 Aug 2023
  • Show HN: Gogit – Just enough Git (in Go) to push itself to GitHub
    8 projects | | 29 Jul 2023
    I don’t know what that is, but their docs very prominently and strongly say this:

    > However, we do not maintain a stable Go language API or ABI, as Git LFS is intended to be used solely as a compiled binary utility. Please do not import the git-lfs module into other Go code and do not rely on it as a source code dependency.

    8 projects | | 29 Jul 2023
    > I don’t know what that is

    its a standard output from `go doc`, rendered as HTML. if you dont recognize that, then you aren't really in a position to be commenting on the topic. nothing is stopping anyone from pinning to a tag:

    or even a commit and relying of a specific version of the software. yes upgrades might be painful but a module IS available.

  • Unable to push because of large file deleted in the past
    2 projects | /r/git | 3 Jul 2023
    # git push origin feature-branch /usr/bin/gh auth git-credential get: 1: /usr/bin/gh auth git-credential get: /usr/bin/gh: not found /usr/bin/gh auth git-credential store: 1: /usr/bin/gh auth git-credential store: /usr/bin/gh: not found Enumerating objects: 9228, done. Counting objects: 100% (7495/7495), done. Delta compression using up to 8 threads Compressing objects: 100% (2090/2090), done. Writing objects: 100% (6033/6033), 72.77 MiB | 7.39 MiB/s, done. Total 6033 (delta 4402), reused 5194 (delta 3616) remote: Resolving deltas: 100% (4402/4402), completed with 477 local objects. remote: error: Trace: c1c90b47a5483929dcdd8c974a6c7d0695e86f67f680d8b88b80ef1c1bce74a remote: error: See for more information. remote: error: File deployment_20200220.sql is 872.78 MB; this exceeds GitHub's file size limit of 100.00 MB remote: error: GH001: Large files detected. You may want to try Git Large File Storage - To ! [remote rejected] rest-logging -> rest-logging (pre-receive hook declined) error: failed to push some refs to ''
  • What and Why, Git LFS?
    3 projects | | 12 Jun 2023
  • Coding your own AI in 2023 with fastai
    3 projects | | 27 Feb 2023
    Before commit we need to install git-lfs first, because our model.pkl file is too big. Follow the link and the instructions to install it for your operating system. Now we are able to use git-lfs for our model.pkl:
  • Golang is evil on shitty networks
    2 projects | /r/programming | 29 Dec 2022
    git-lfs issue
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git-lfs/git-lfs is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 or later which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of git-lfs is Go.

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