How can I use git-lfs on a local Windows remote server?

Hello everyone,

My firm uses Git on Windows and as people here don’t like command line, we use SourceTree as a graphic interface.

However we have a problem with large binary files and therefore we are looking for a solution to this problem. I see that git-lfs works with SourceTree, which is great because it would allow people not to use command lines.

But git-lfs needs projects to be on github.

Is it then possible to use git-lfs and make the large binary files copy on a local remote server (like G:// ) instead of github?

Or if you have any other Solutions for Windows than git-lfs for this problem of stocking large binary file on a local remote server I would take it!

Thanks for the excellent work.

Theo G

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Hi Theo,

If you wish to host your Git LFS objects on a local server then Bitbucket Server will provide what you are looking for:

Bitbucket Server versions 4.3 and later include an embedded object store for LFS objects: and Windows is a supported platform:

You can obtain an evaluation copy to see if it suits your needs.

Also be sure to use SourceTree for Windows v1.8 or later as it includes Git LFS support:


Unfortunately it seems you cannot use LFS with SrcTreeWin yet:

Hi everyone and thank you for your answer!

@Johannes Kilian , according to this Topic: the last comment says that it "seems" to work, so that is why I try

@Ben Humphreys Thank you for your answer, I will give it a look and try. Also, if I've got a server (not local), could it be possible to use git-lfs with SourceTree?

Thanks for your response


My answer referred to SrcTreeWin 1.7.x - I wrote "seems" as I haven't tried it myself, but this is reported in


After just updating (to the awful looking  - IMHO) SrcTreeWin 1.8.0, support for LFS seems to be available within SrcTreeWin (just saw the menu item)

Just uploaded to SrcTreeWin 1.8.x too, a little disappointed by the new Skin, really used to the old one it seems.

I'm going to see if i can manage to make git-lfs to work and will come back for any furthers remarks or questions!


@Theo G: Hands off Srctree 1.8.0/1.8.1 as it has tons of bugs which make it nearly unusable ...

Just look here on this site for complaints and misbehaiviour of SourceTree 1.8

Just saw it! Such a shame I think, I would make another issue about it then. Thanks!

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