SmartGit provides the common Git-LFS operations, provided that Git-LFS has been installed on your system and it’s configured in your Git config files, so it will work from command line.

Implementing low-level commands

SmartGit implements low-level Git-LFS commands and provides them in the Local|LFS menu. There is almost a 1-1 correspondence between SmartGit commands and Git-LFS command line.

Example: setting up and adding files to Git-LFS

We are following the Git-LFS tutorial to add a file to Git-LFS:

  • git lfs install: invoke Local|LFS|Install
  • git lfs track <file>: select an untracked file in SmartGit’s Files view and invoke Local|LFS|Track; SmartGit suggests a matching pattern for the selected file which you can adjust if necessary
  • git add .gitattributes: right click .gitattributes and invoke Add
  • git add <file>: right click the file and invoke Add
  • git commit: invoke Commit


If you are encountering unexpected errors when invoking Lock or Unlock on Window, this may be caused by a strange behavior of current Git-LFS versions (2.5) which will fail when invoked with a working directory with wrong case. To workaround the problem, make sure that the path in repositories.xml has correct case, especially the drive letter must be uppercase, for example:

<obj type="@Repository" id="...">
    <prop key="name" type="String" value="smartgit"/>
    <prop key="favorite" type="boolean" value="true"/>
    <prop key="git" type="boolean" value="true"/>
    <prop key="path" type="String" value="D:\\smartgit"/>
    <prop key="expanded" type="boolean" value="false"/>

Displaying locks

To see Git-LFS lock states in the Files views (both Log and Working tree window), Git-LFS locks verification must be enabled for your repositories. A corresponding .git/config might look like:

[lfs "https://server/repo.git/info/lfs"]
    locksVerify = true

Furthermore, you have to enable property status.lfs.locks in the Preferences, section Low-level Properties. This will make SmartGit invoke additional commands:

  • git lfs locks --local
  • git lfs locks --remote

after every Pull, Fetch and after every background Fetch (if enabled in the Preferences, section Background Commands).

The output of these git lfs locks commands will be written to:

  • ./git/smartgit/lfs-locks-local
  • ./git/smartgit/lfs-locks-remote

Once these files are present, the Name column icon will start denoting the locking state for LFS files.

To make SmartGit also display which files are lockable, set low-level property status.evaluateLfsLockableState. This will evaluate the Git-LFS lockable attribute for every file during the refresh.


The following screenshot shows how this display will look like:

  • file is normal file to which no LFS lock information applies
  • huge is locked by someone else
  • huge2 is locked by yourself
  • huge3 is lockable (configured in .gitattributes)


In the Log window, lock states will only be displayed for the Working Tree node.

Fix possible problems

If your git-lfs executable is not found by SmartGit, try to use absolute paths for the git-lfs executable configuration in the gitconfig file containing the Git-LFS filter definition.