Virtual File System for Git

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VFS for Git
Stable release
1.0.20210.1 / July 28, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-07-28)[1]
Preview release
1.0.20175.6 / June 23, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-06-23)
Written inC++ and C#
Operating systemWindows 10 Creators Update and later, macOS
TypeVirtual file system for Git
LicenseMIT License Edit this on Wikidata

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


VFS for Git 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.


VFS for Git was originally named Git Virtual File System (GVFS). However due to complaints by the developers of GNOME over confusion with GNOME Virtual File System, Microsoft announced that it would solicit ideas for a new name of the software in June 2018, following its acquisition of GitHub.[2] Its first release[3] under the new name was in August 2018.

In November 2017, GitHub announced that it would support VFS for Git.[4][5]

VFS for Git has been superseded by Scalar.[6] Scalar was then integrated into the Microsoft Git project.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "Latest Release". VFSForGit. GitHub. Microsoft. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "Microsoft is going to rename GVFS and wants your suggestions". June 6, 2018. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "VFS for Git 1.0.18234.1". Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft's One Engineering System brings Git Virtual File System to the masses". ZDNet. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "GitHub adopts Microsoft's tool for supporting massive software projects". VentureBeat. November 15, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions | VFS for Git". GitHub. Microsoft. Archived from the original on July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 7, 2021. We transitioned our large repository strategy to focus on using git sparse-checkout instead of filesystem virtualization. We then forked the VFS for Git codebase to create Scalar.
  7. ^ "README | Scalar". GitHub. Microsoft. Archived from the original on March 22, 2021. Retrieved July 7, 2021. The Scalar executable has now been ported to be included in the microsoft/git fork.
  8. ^ "A fork of Git containing Microsoft-specific patches". GitHub. Microsoft. Archived from the original on July 7, 2021. Retrieved July 7, 2021.

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