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Can I use LFS without using Large Media?


I’ve been having a really hard time getting Netlify Large Media to work with contributors. We want our website to be available for anyone to open a PR to, but as far as I can tell, that is not possible. I’ve asked for help on the forums here but didn’t get any response.

I’d like to remove Large Media altogether, but if I do that, is it possible to keep using LFS? If so, would it still deploy properly? I’m a little confused about what benefits Large Media added compared to vanilla LFS.

Hi, @brenton. Using Large Media is optional. You can use the Git LFS service of your Git hosting provider and still deploy the site at Netlify without using Large Media.

The core benefit that Large Media provides is browse time image transformations. That’s it. There are no other bells or whistles.

Note, build time images transformations are not supported when Large Media is used but are supported if the Git LFS service of the Git host is used (but then browse time transformations are not).

If there are other questions about this, please let us know.


Thank you so much for explaining this to me.