GitLab Git LFS Administration

Documentation on how to use Git LFS are under Managing large binary files with Git LFS doc.


  • Git LFS is supported in GitLab starting with version 8.2.
  • Users need to install Git LFS client version 1.0.1 and up.


Git LFS objects can be large in size. By default, they are stored on the server GitLab is installed on.

There are two configuration options to help GitLab server administrators:

  • Enabling/disabling Git LFS support
  • Changing the location of LFS object storage

Omnibus packages

In /etc/gitlab/gitlab.rb:

gitlab_rails['lfs_enabled'] = false

# Optionally, change the storage path location. Defaults to
# `#{gitlab_rails['shared_path']}/lfs-objects`. Which evaluates to
# `/var/opt/gitlab/gitlab-rails/shared/lfs-objects` by default.
gitlab_rails['lfs_storage_path'] = "/mnt/storage/lfs-objects"

Installations from source

In config/gitlab.yml:

    enabled: false
    storage_path: /mnt/storage/lfs-objects

Known limitations

  • Currently, storing GitLab Git LFS objects on a non-local storage (like S3 buckets) is not supported
  • Currently, removing LFS objects from GitLab Git LFS storage is not supported
  • LFS authentications via SSH is not supported for the time being
  • Only compatible with the GitLFS client versions 1.1.0 or 1.0.2.