Git-LFS Filter-Process: How to Fix the 'git-lfs: command not found' Error and Streamline Your Workflow

When working with large files in Git, it's essential to use Git Large File Storage (LFS), an extension for versioning large files. However, you may encounter the 'git-lfs: command not found' error when using Git-LFS filter-process. This guide will help you resolve this issue and streamline your workflow with Git-LFS.

Table of Contents

  1. Prerequisites
  2. Understanding the 'git-lfs: command not found' Error
  3. Fixing the 'git-lfs: command not found' Error
  4. FAQs


Before diving into this guide, ensure that you have:

  • A basic understanding of Git and Git-LFS.
  • Git and Git-LFS installed on your system. If you haven't installed Git-LFS, follow the official installation guide.

Understanding the 'git-lfs: command not found' Error

The 'git-lfs: command not found' error occurs when the Git-LFS executable is not available in your system's PATH. This issue can arise due to several reasons, such as incorrect installation or missing environment variables.

Fixing the 'git-lfs: command not found' Error

To fix this error, follow these steps:

Step 1: Verify Git-LFS Installation

First, ensure that Git-LFS is correctly installed on your system by running the following command:

git lfs version

If the command returns the Git-LFS version, the installation is correct. If not, refer to the official installation guide and reinstall Git-LFS.

Step 2: Add Git-LFS to System PATH

If Git-LFS is installed but not in your system's PATH, add it by following these platform-specific instructions:


  1. Locate the Git-LFS installation directory, usually at C:\Program Files\Git LFS.
  2. Press Win + X and click on System.
  3. Click on Advanced system settings and then on Environment Variables.
  4. In the System variables section, find the Path variable and click Edit.
  5. Click New and add the Git-LFS installation directory path.
  6. Click OK to save the changes.

macOS and Linux

Locate the Git-LFS installation directory, typically in /usr/local/bin or /usr/bin.

Open a terminal and run the following command:

echo 'export PATH=$PATH:/path/to/git-lfs' >> ~/.bashrc

Replace /path/to/git-lfs with the actual installation path.

Reload the terminal or run source ~/.bashrc for the changes to take effect.

Step 3: Verify the Fix

After updating the system's PATH, run the following command to check if the error is resolved:

git lfs filter-process

If the command runs without any errors, you have successfully fixed the 'git-lfs: command not found' error.


1. What is Git-LFS? {#what-is-git-lfs}

Git-LFS is an extension for Git that enables versioning large files. It replaces large files with text pointers, reducing the impact of large files on repository performance. Learn more about Git-LFS in the official documentation.

2. How can I check if Git-LFS is installed on my system? {#check-git-lfs-installation}

Run the following command in your terminal or command prompt:

git lfs version

If it returns the Git-LFS version, the installation is correct.

3. How do I install Git-LFS? {#install-git-lfs}

To install Git-LFS, follow the official installation guide for your specific platform.

4. How do I use Git-LFS with my existing Git repository? {#use-git-lfs-with-existing-repo}

To use Git-LFS with an existing repository, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to your repository directory in the terminal or command prompt.
  2. Run git lfs install to initialize Git-LFS.
  3. Run git lfs track <file-pattern> to track specific large files or file types.
  4. Commit the .gitattributes file generated by Git-LFS.
  5. Proceed with your usual Git workflow.

5. How do I migrate an existing Git repository to use Git-LFS? {#migrate-existing-repo}

To migrate an existing repository to use Git-LFS, follow the official migration guide.

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