Elefess 1.2.0

dotnet add package Elefess --version 1.2.0
NuGet\Install-Package Elefess -Version 1.2.0
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<PackageReference Include="Elefess" Version="1.2.0" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add Elefess --version 1.2.0
#r "nuget: Elefess, 1.2.0"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install Elefess as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=Elefess&version=1.2.0

// Install Elefess as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=Elefess&version=1.2.0


Elefess is a Git LFS server implementation following the API spec, allowing for the design and usage of fully custom Git LFS servers beyond those provided by popular Git hosts such as GitHub or GitLab.

Quick start

Elefess on its own does not function as a Git LFS server out of the box. You will need a hosting setup such as Elefess.Hosting.AspNetCore or your own hosting solution to run a server. This project contains the core interfaces (+ a few implementations) and the API JSON models.

Elefess core types

  • All official Elefess hosting implementation types will access and execute its appropriate types and methods in the following order - Custom or third-party implementations are certainly not required or expected to follow it strictly, but it is recommended to do so for consistency.
  • Elefess utilizes an Exception-based approach for its request execution pipeline to avoid boilerplate code or heavy reliance on third-party libraries. In lieu of a Result-based approach, implementations of Elefess' various interface types should be expected to throw the appropriate Exception in an error state, instead of returning an error value or string directly.
  • All types which are required in the execution pipeline in first-party hosting solutions will be suffixed with an asterisk (*).

1. ILfsAuthenticator *

The Git LFS API uses HTTP Basic Authentication to authorize requests. First in the request pipeline, an instance of ILfsAuthenticator is designed to authenticate a request from the (base64) decoded credentials supplied:

Task AuthenticateAsync(string id, string password, LfsOperation operation, CancellationToken cancellationToken);

In an example request with the Authorization header value of Basic ZWxlZmVzczpzZWNyZXQx, Elefess will decode and split this into an id of elefess, and a password of secret1, which will be passed into the AuthenticateAsync method above.

Implementations can utilize the operation parameter to determine, for example, whether the requesting client has appropriate read or write access to the file they are trying to upload or download.

Current Elefess implementations include support for GitHub, with more planned for the future.

2. ILfsRequestValidator

While not strictly a part of the Git LFS API spec, a server may find it desirable or necessary to arbitrarily validate and deny requests depending on what data is provided in the request body:

Task ValidateAsync(LfsBatchTransferRequest request);

Registering your own instance of ILfsRequestValidator is not required for any first-party hosting solutions, but if one is created and registered where appropriate, it will be executed.

3. ILfsTransferSelector *

In the event that a client and server support different, custom, or newer Batch API transfer adapters other than the basic transfer adapter, an implementation of ILfsTransferSelector can be used for this purpose:

Task<LfsTransferAdapter> SelectTransferAsync(ICollection<LfsTransferAdapter> requestedTransferAdapters, CancellationToken cancellationToken);

A request can include an array of transfer adapter names - or if none are specified, the server should assume the client supports and is asking for the basic transfer adapter. A default implementation, BasicLfsTransferRequestSelector, which will automatically select the basic transfer adapter so long as the client supports it, is provided with Elefess.

4. ILfsObjectManager * and ILfsOidMapper

Once a request has been authenticated, and the request has been validated (when appropriate), an Elefess server will then convert request objects to response objects via an implementation of ILfsObjectManager:

Task<IReadOnlyCollection<LfsResponseObject>> CreateObjectsAsync(IList<LfsRequestObject> objects, LfsOperation operation, CancellationToken cancellationToken);

A default implementation, DefaultLfsObjectManager, is provided with Elefess, and simply converts request objects into response objects by passing each object into an implementation of ILfsOidMapper:

Task<LfsResponseObject> MapObjectAsync(string oid, long size, LfsOperation operation, CancellationToken cancellationToken);

An Elefess server implementing this interface would then be able to convert into an appropriate response object depending on the input data. For example:

  • If a request is to upload OID a0dca55d00d4e444d87326146a721ce41d494783ea9a0fdf7e2826a32a8bbc24 with size 374252189, the server would return LfsResponseObject.BasicUpload(new($"https://example.com/upload/a0dca55d00d4e444d87326146a721ce41d494783ea9a0fdf7e2826a32a8bbc24")), which would be converted to an upload action to POST to the Uri previously mentioned.
  • If a request is to download OID b6ea4353b49b583f501ea87778f7699e372a8b1c83fb86cd468b3c8b5d229ffb with size 476885649, if there is no file corresponding to that OID, the server would return LfsResponseObject.FromError(LfsObjectError.NotFound()), which would be converted to an error object indicating that the specified object could not be found.
  • If the DefaultLfsObjectManager is utilized, an implementation of ILfsOidMapper is required. In the case of a different implementation being used, it is not necessarily required but can still be utilized in the manner detailed above.
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NuGet packages (2)

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Elefess.Authenticators.GitHub is a custom ILfsAuthenticator implementation for Elefess which utilizes a GitHub username & personal access token for Basic authorization.


Elefess.Hosting.AspNetCore is a custom host implementation for Elefess which utilizes ASP.NET Core Minimal APIs to host an Elefess server.

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1.2.0 202 5/9/2023
1.1.0 165 5/9/2023
1.0.0 180 5/9/2023

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