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Delete Git LFS files

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Hi @Rivet

You can delete the file in LFS but the process is not the same as compare to the Bitbucket Cloud. You can proceed with the following steps:

  1. On the local git lfs, remove the file from history using the filter-branch:
    $ git filter-branch --force --tree-filter 'rm -f path/to/big_file.mpg' HEAD
    $ git reflog expire --expire=now --all && git gc --prune=now --aggressive
  2. After you remove files from Git LFS, the Git LFS objects still exist on the remote storage and will continue to count toward your Git LFS storage quota.

  3. To remove Git LFS objects from a repository, delete and recreate the repository. When you delete a repository, any associated issue key and forks are also deleted.


Hello @Baskar Annamalai , has anything changed on this? Is there in newer versions another way to delete Git LFS objects?

Hi @Benjamin I believe there aren't any changes to Bitbucket Server on removing the objects. The documentation on disabling and deleting LFS objects is still valid.


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Hello @Baskar Annamalai

We are currently two years after your latest post. Could you please let me know if anything regarding this topic has been changed?

Currently we are facing the same issue where we have a repository which we cannot migrate from Bitbucket Server to the Cloud since it has LFS pointers pointing to LFS files. We do not want to remove and recreate the entire repository cause it has a good amount of branches, tags, webhooks etc. linked to it.

The only way to migrate to the Cloud with a repository containing LFS pointers was by checking out the repository and manually, via Git Bash for example, pushing the repository to the new repository in the Cloud. This works but we will lose our pull request history which we need since we have a Jira instance running with references to these pull requests.

Currently the Atlassian migration tool does not allow LFS repositories to be migrated. Could you please inform me if you see another way of removing the LFS pointers from a repository or to migrate to the Cloud without losing the pull request history when having LFS files within the repository?


Jordy Mengerink

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