How to remove ignored files?

git clean -f -X

To remove files ignored by git use git clean -f -X.

Since git clean removes files it's recommended to start with a dry-run using parameter -n. A dry-run will show what is going to be removed without actually removing them.

The -f parameter tells git to remove the files when git clean is used. The usage of parameter -f is required unless clean.requireForce is configured to false.

The -X parameter tells git to remove ignored files only, but keep the untracked ones.

Git clean -f -X won't remove ignored directories. Add parameter -d to remove directories as well.

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Terminal Example
cat .gitignore

git clean -n -X
Would remove ignoredFile.txt
git clean -f -X
Removing ignoredFile.txt

See git clean to learn more about it.

Last modified on November 30, 2021.

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