Netlify Large Media

Note: Netlify Large Media is deprecated as of September 1, 2023. Please refer to the deprecation notice in Netlify's Support Forums (see deprecation notice).

Netlify Large Media is a Git LFS implementation for repositories connected to Netlify sites. This means that you can use Git to work with large asset files like images, audio, and video, without bloating your repository. It does this by replacing the asset files in your repository with text pointer files, then uploading the assets to the Netlify Large Media storage service.

If you have a Netlify site with Large Media enabled, Decap CMS (version 2.6.0 and above) will handle Large Media asset files seamlessly, in the same way as files stored directly in the repository.


To use Netlify Large Media with Decap CMS, you will need to do the following:

When these are complete, you can use Decap CMS as normal, and the configured asset files will automatically be handled by Netlify Large Media.

Image transformations

All JPEG, PNG, and GIF files that are handled with Netlify Large Media also have access to Netlify's on-demand image transformation service. This service allows you to request an image to match the dimensions you specify in a query parameter added to the image URL.

You can learn more about this feature in Netlify's image transformation docs.

In repositories enabled with Netlify Large Media, Decap CMS will use the image transformation query parameters to load thumbnail-sized images for the media gallery view. This makes images in the media gallery load significantly faster.

Note: When using this option all tracked file types have to be imported into Large Media. For example if you track *.jpg but still have jpg-files that are not imported into Large Media the backend will throw an error. Check the netlify docs on how to add previously committed files to Large Media.

You can disable the automatic image transformations with the use_large_media_transforms_in_media_library configuration setting, nested under backend in the CMS config.yml file:

  name: git-gateway
  ## Set to false to prevent transforming images in media gallery view
  use_large_media_transforms_in_media_library: false
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