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Install git-lfs on a Raspberry Pi

What is git-lfs?

Git Large File Storage is “an open source Git extension for versioning large files.” I use it on a number of our git repositories at Small Technology Foundation, including for the Site.js web site.

Why Pi?

As I announced yesterday, since version 12.8.0 of Site.js with Raspberry Pi support, I’ve started building Site.js on my Raspberry Pi 3B+. And it works perfectly, except for one thing: I can’t check the release binaries in without LFS and installing git-lfs on a Raspberry Pi wasn’t entirely straightforward.


Here’s how you can install git-lfs on your Raspberry Pi:

# Download the latest armv6l version of go (as of this writing, 1.13.3)
# You can check for the latest version here:

# Unarchive it.
sudo tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.13.3.linux-armv6l.tar.gz

# Add the binary path to your system path.
# (Add this to your .bashrc or .zshrc if you want to persist it across reboots.)
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin

# Create and export your go path.
# (Again, add it to your shell configuration file if you want to persist it.)
mkdir ~/go
export GOPATH=~/go

# Download and compile git-lfs.
go get

# Add the compiled binary to your path.
sudo cp ~/go/bin/git-lfs /usr/local/bin/

Test it out!

You should now be able to use git-lfs as usual. To test it out, cd into the working copy of the project you want to use git-lfs on and enter the following command:

git lfs install

If all goes well, you should see output resembling the following:

Updated git hooks.
Git LFS initialized.


Gist: Install Golang 1.8 on Raspberry Pi.