Large Media feature deprecated but not removed

As of September 1, 2023 the Large Media feature is deprecated. Sites already using the feature will be unaffected at this time: Large Media will continue to work on these sites as usual.

For all other sites, Large Media will no longer appear in the Netlify UI, and we recommend against new configurations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We do not have an end of service date to share, but will give advanced notice should we decide to remove this service completely.

Why deprecate Large Media?

Large Media was originally designed to reduce Git repository bloat and build times, as a result of better handling of heavy assets. It also enables developers to perform image transformations on these large assets.

While Large Media sought to address real developer concerns, we believe that other tools now on the market better serve these needs.

What will happen to sites using Large Media?

At this point in time, nothing. You can continue to use this feature on sites where it is already configured. We may choose to remove the service in the future, so you might consider migrating to a new solution. To avoid the risk of file loss, contact support for assistance turning off Large Media for an existing site. We also recommend reading the Uninstalling Large Media support guide.

What should I use instead?

To handle large assets, you can use Git Large File Storage (LFS) directly with your Git provider. Each of the following providers currently supports Git LFS:

For image transformations, you may consider using a solution like Netlify Image CDN, the Cloudinary integration or the open source Unpic service.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate our customers who have used Large Media in the past and given us valuable feedback on this feature. As ever, please feel free to share any feedback you may have, here on the forums!