Install latest/beta of BFG Repo-Cleaner (UNOFFICIAL)

Ubuntu 16.04 or later?

Make sure snap support is enabled in your Desktop store.

Install using the command line

sudo snap install bfg-repo-cleaner --beta

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BFG Repo-Cleaner (UNOFFICIAL) is only available on the unstable beta channel. It could break and change often.

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Removes large or troublesome blobs like git-filter-branch does, but faster

The BFG is a simpler, faster alternative to [git-filter-branch][1] for cleansing bad data out of your Git repository history:

  • Removing Crazy Big Files
  • Removing Passwords, Credentials & other Private data

The git-filter-branch command is enormously powerful and can do things that the BFG can't - but the BFG is much better for the tasks above, because:

  • [Faster][2] : 10 - 720x faster
  • [Simpler][3] : The BFG isn't particularily clever, but is focused on making the above tasks easy
  • Beautiful : If you need to, you can use the beautiful Scala language to customise the BFG. Which has got to be better than Bash scripting at least some of the time.

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Snap-specific notes

You can adjust JVM max heap size limit via the following command:

 sudo snap set bfg-repo-cleaner jvm.xmx=2048m

No other JVM parameters are supported as of now.

Details for BFG Repo-Cleaner (UNOFFICIAL)

  • GPL-3.0

Last updated
  • 7 September 2020 - latest/beta
  • 28 February 2021 - latest/edge



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