git : How to remove a big file wrongly committed

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I added a large file to a git repository (102Mb), commited and push and got an error due to size limit limitations on github

remote: error: GH001: Large files detected. You may want to try Git Large File Storage -
remote: error: Trace: 7d51855d4f834a90c5a5a526e93d2668
remote: error: See for more information.
remote: error: File coverage/sensitivity/simulated.bed is 102.00 MB; this exceeds GitHub's file size limit of 100.00 MB

Here, you see the path of the file (coverage/sensitivity/simualted.bed).

So, the solution is actually quite simple (when you know it): you can use the filter-branch command as follows:

git filter-branch --tree-filter 'rm -rf path/to/your/file' HEAD
git push
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9 Responses to git : How to remove a big file wrongly committed

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