How to Remove a File from a Git Repository

February 28, 2023

This guide is part of the "Snippets" series. This series is focused on providing simple and accessible tutorials on various topics relating to development!

To remove a file from a Git repository, you can use the git rm command followed by the file name. This will remove the file from both the working directory and the Git repository.

Here are the steps to remove a file from a Git repository:

  • Open the terminal or command prompt on your computer.
  • Navigate to the directory of the Git repository using the cd command.
  • Run the command git rm <file> to remove the file from the repository.
  • If you want to remove the file only from the repository but keep it in your local directory, use the --cached option. The command will look like this: git rm --cached <file>.
  • Commit the changes using the git commit command with a descriptive message explaining the change.
  • Finally, push the changes to the remote repository using the git push command.

It's worth noting that once you have removed a file from a Git repository, it is gone for good. You won't be able to recover it using Git commands alone.

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