Git Virtual File System

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Written inC++ and C#
Operating systemWindows 10 Creators Update and later
TypeVirtual file system for Git
LicenseMIT License

Git Virtual File System (GVFS), developed by Microsoft, is an extension to the Git version control system.

GVFS is designed to ease the handling of enterprise-scale Git repositories, such as the Microsoft Windows operating system (whose development switched to Git under Microsoft's internal "One Engineering System" initiative). The system exposes a virtual file system that only downloads files to local storage as they are needed. In November 2017, GitHub announced that it would support GVFS.[1][2]

In June 2018, following its acquisition of GitHub, Microsoft announced that it would solicit ideas for a new name of the software, due to complaints by the developers of GNOME over confusion with GNOME Virtual File System.[3]


  1. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft's One Engineering System brings Git Virtual File System to the masses". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  2. ^ "GitHub adopts Microsoft's tool for supporting massive software projects". VentureBeat. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  3. ^ "Microsoft is going to rename GVFS and wants your suggestions". Retrieved 2018-06-09.