What is my disk quota?

GitHub tries to provide abundant storage for all Git repositories, although there are hard limits for file and repository sizes.

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Tip: If you regularly push large files to GitHub, consider using Git Large File Storage (Git LFS). For more information, see "Versioning large files."

File and repository size limitations

To ensure performance and reliability for our users, we actively monitor signals of overall repository health. Repository health is a function of various interacting factors, including size, commit frequency, contents, and structure.

We recommend repositories remain small, ideally less than 1 GB, and less than 5 GB is strongly recommended. Smaller repositories are faster to clone and easier to work with and maintain. Individual files in a repository are strictly limited to a 100 MB maximum size limit. For more information, see "Working with large files."

If your repository excessively impacts our infrastructure, you might receive an email from GitHub Support asking you to take corrective action. We try to be flexible, especially with large projects that have many collaborators, and will work with you to find a resolution whenever possible. You can prevent your repository from impacting our infrastructure by effectively managing your repository's size and overall health. You can find advice and a tool for repository analysis in the github/git-sizer repository.

Note: If you add a file to a repository via a browser, the file can be no larger than 25 MB. For more information, see "Adding a file to a repository."


Git is not designed to serve as a backup tool. However, there are many solutions specifically designed for performing backups, such as Arq, Carbonite, and CrashPlan.

Database dumps

Version control systems, such as Git, are not designed to handle large SQL files. To share large databases with other developers, we recommend using Dropbox.

Git shouldn't be used to backup your production servers. For more information, see "Backups."

External dependencies

External dependencies can cause Git repositories to become very large. To avoid filling a repository with external dependencies, we recommend you use a package manager. Popular package managers for common languages include Bundler, Node's Package Manager, and Maven. These package managers support using Git repositories directly, so you don't need pre-packaged sources.

Packaged release versions

We don't recommend distributing compiled code and pre-packaged releases within your repository. For more information, see "Distributing large binaries."

Changing history of an existing repository

If you already have a repository that's quite large, you can reduce the size of a repository by removing large files from the repository's history. For more information, see "Removing files from a repository's history."

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