How to remove untracked files with git
When we develop, we often create temporary files that we do not want to commit to our repository.
This article shows you how to remove untracked files with Git.
Please note that for the simple example below, it is more convenient to use the standard command to delete files:
Suppose we have three untracked files in our working directory.
> git status Your branch is ahead of 'origin/develop' by 30 commits. Untracked files: bar.txt baz.txt foo.txt nothing added to commit but untracked files present
The best way to remove the unwanted files is to use the interactive version of
git clean like so:
> git clean -i Would remove the following items: bar.txt baz.txt foo.txt *** Commands *** 1: clean 2: filter by pattern 3: select by numbers 4: ask each 5: quit 6: help What now> 1 Removing bar.txt Removing baz.txt Removing foo.txt
The interactive mode is excellent because we see what we will delete.
For the next example, suppose we still have the three files in the working directory.
With the option
-n, we tell Git that we only want to see which files would be deleted without actually deleting anything.
> git clean -n Would remove bar.txt Would remove baz.txt Would remove foo.txt
We decide to remove all three files and therefore use the
> git clean -f Removing bar.txt Removing baz.txt Removing foo.txt
If you also want to remove files which are ignored by Git because they are listed in
.gitignore you can use the following command:
> git clean -fx
|Remove untracked files|
|Remove untracked files and ignored files|
|Remove ignored files only|
|Remove files interactively|
|Remove untracked directory|
Please be careful when deleting files because there is no trash bin when operating on the command line.
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