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

Storage statistics

You can see the total storage used for LFS objects on groups and projects in the administration area, as well as through the groups and projects APIs.

Known limitations

  • Currently, storing GitLab Git LFS objects on a non-local storage (like S3 buckets) is not supported
  • Support for removing unreferenced LFS objects was added in 8.14 onwards.
  • LFS authentications via SSH was added with GitLab 8.12
  • Only compatible with the GitLFS client versions 1.1.0 and up, or 1.0.2.
  • The storage statistics currently count each LFS object multiple times for every project linking to it