How to push in read-only mode?


My bitbucket-repository is too big (> 2GB) so I am now in 'read-only mode'.

Because I want to use my repository, I cleaned (= delete all nonnecessary files) using BFG ( which is recommended by Atlassian (see I used BFG to do the trick and I deleted some of the big unnecessary files, but when I want to do the final step: push the repository back, it says that my repo is too big: 

"remote: repository is in read only mode (over 2 GB size limit).
remote: Learn how to reduce your repository size:"

How can I clean up  my repository when I can't push anything ?

 I am fighting with it almost 3 weeks so I hope I can get an answer soon (because it starts to frustrate me.


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The helpdesk gave me following solution, which was very helpful to me.


"As this repository is extraordinarily large, you should reset the head of your repository then attempt a force push and let us know how it goes.
git reset --hard HEAD~1
git push --force
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Jim Redmond Atlassian Team Jul 30, 2017

You have to open a support ticket to get this fixed from Bitbucket's side.

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Hi! I checked the Bitbucket account associated to your email address but I couldn't find any repo over 2GB in size, are you referring to a different Bitbucket Cloud account? Can you share your username and repo name?



It's OK now. I could fix it thanks to the helpdesk. 

Glad to hear it's solved!

i've come accross this same question, can't be resolved, please help me ana

I am facing the same issue. how did you fix that? 

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Hi, I've checked your Bitbucket Cloud account but I couldn't find any repository that was extremely large, the biggest one is around 500 MB. Are you referring to a repo hosted in a different account?

Best regards,


Hello Ana,


I've been stuck with the same problem.

Got by accident commited some files that are unnecessary, tried to use the BFG, i think it worked, but i can't push the fix.


The project is not on my personal account, but on my team.


The files are:

Tierra Digital Ar.ipa
Tierra Digital

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hi i am having same issue anobody help

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