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How to upload large files to git server / GitHub using git LFS ?

Git Large File Storage (LFS) is a Git extension designed for handling large files more efficiently. If you want to upload large files to a Git server or GitHub using Git LFS, follow these general steps:

Install Git LFS

$ curl -s https://packagecloud.io/install/repositories/github/git-lfs/script.deb.sh | sudo bash

The above installation will go it as,

etected operating system as Ubuntu/bionic.
Checking for curl...
Detected curl...
Checking for gpg...
Detected gpg...
Detected apt version as 1.6.14
Running apt-get update... done.
Installing apt-transport-https... done.
Installing /etc/apt/sources.list.d/github_git-lfs.list...done.
Importing packagecloud gpg key... gpg: WARNING: unsafe ownership on homedir '/home/hf/.gnupg'
Packagecloud gpg key imported to /etc/apt/keyrings/github_git-lfs-archive-keyring.gpg
Running apt-get update... done.

The repository is setup! You can now install packages.

Now, we can install the git lfs as

$ sudo apt-get install git-lfs

Initialise Git LFS

Run the following command in your Git repository to initialize Git LFS,

$ git lfs install

The above command should show “Git LFS initialized.”

Now, we can check the version of installaed git lfs as,

$ git lfs version
git-lfs/3.2.0 (GitHub; linux amd64; go 1.18.2)

Now, once we have git lfs installed, use the below command to add the files,

Track Files with LFS

Identify the large files you want to track with Git LFS. Use the git lfs track command to specify which file types should be treated as large files

$ git lfs track "*.psd"

This will add all the files with extention “.psd” into the git tracking and crate a file which then git uses to push those to server.

Add and Commit Changes

Add and commit your changes as you normally would with Git.

$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Add large files tracked with LFS"

Push to Remote

Push your changes to the remote repository. Git LFS will automatically upload the large files to the LFS server.

$ git push origin branch-name

Replace branch-name with the name of your Git branch.

Verify on GitHub

Go to your GitHub repository and check the “Actions” tab to ensure that the Git LFS files are being uploaded successfully

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