git-clean – Remove untracked files from the working tree

How to delete untracked files from current working tree Github?

Hi in this article we will learn how to remove untracked files from the current working tree.


This can be achieved by using: git-clean – which helps to Remove untracked files from the working tree as per the documentation

Quick Commands that you can use –

Step 1: Before deleting anything, it gud to check, what untracked exist by using this command. This command is safe and doesn’t delete anything yet.

git clean -n

Step 2: Use this command to delete untracked files.

git clean -f
  • To remove directories, run git clean -f -d or git clean -fd
  • To remove ignored files, run git clean -f -X or git clean -fX
  • To remove ignored and non-ignored files, run git clean -f -x or git clean -fx

Step 3: Run this command git status to check if the files actually got deleted.

Below are the options available to you –


Use git clean -d
To Remove untracked directories in addition to untracked files. If an untracked directory is managed by a different Git repository, it is not removed by default. Use -f option twice if you really want to remove such a directory.


Use git clean -f


If the Git configuration variable clean.requireForce is not set to false, git clean will refuse to delete files or directories unless given -f, -n or -i. Git will refuse to delete directories with .git sub directory or file unless a second -f is given.


Use git clean -i


To Show what would be done and clean files interactively. See “Interactive mode” for details.


Use git clean -n


To check what will be deleted. But, doesn’t actually remove anything, just show what would be done.


Use git clean -q


Be quiet, only report errors, but not the files that are successfully removed.


-e <pattern>
Use git clean -e


In addition to those found in .gitignore (per directory) and $GIT_DIR/info/exclude, also consider these patterns to be in the set of the ignore rules in effect.


Use git clean -x
Don’t use the standard ignore rules read from .gitignore (per directory) and $GIT_DIR/info/exclude, but do still use the ignore rules given with -e options.
This command allows removing all untracked files, including build products. This can be used (possibly in conjunction with git reset) to create a pristine working directory to test a clean build.


Use git clean -X
Only removes files that have been ignored by Git. This may be useful to rebuild everything from scratch, but keep manually created files.
Remove untracked files from the working tree
Remove untracked files from the working tree
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