How to permanently delete a file from Git repository?

I accidentally checked in a test file with credentials in the code. I'd like to remove it completely from the Git repository, so that all history of the file is gone. Can this be done?

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Have you tried using the command git-filter-branch? I think this is the one you're looking for.

Heh, I love git. My initial response was "No, that sounds completely wrong! I don't want to filter a branch!" But you are correct, that seems to be what I want. Only one problem - I don't know how I would run this command on the BitBucket repository. Shell access is not allowed via SSH, and when I do this on my local repository, it doesn't show up as a change to push to origin.

Just to update, I tried the steps here for "Option 1: Delete files by name":

https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/BITBUCKET/Maintaining+a+Git+Repository

Now all my history is gone. Yay!

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