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Is there a way to force git to add a file despite the .gitignore file?

See man git-add:

   -f, --force
       Allow adding otherwise ignored files.

So run this

git add --force my/ignore/file.foo

git - Force add despite the .gitignore file, A better question may be - why would you want to do that? If you want a file tracked, unignore it (prefix its pattern in the .gitignore file with ! , e.g.� It could be that there exists a global gitignore or a custom-specified git ignore file, specified on the command line, when the git runs. However, try adding a line like: myproject/settings2.py. to your .gitignore and of course create that file, just to make sure that .gitignore file is being respected.

Despite Daniel Böhmer's working solution, Ohad Schneider offered a better solution in a comment:

If the file is usually ignored, and you force adding it - it can be accidentally ignored again in the future (like when the file is deleted, then a commit is made and the file is re-created.

You should just un-ignore it in the .gitignore file like that: Unignore subdirectories of ignored directories in Git

How can I force add a file to git which is on .gitignore list? – IDEs , What's more - I added a file from .gitignore via console, then went back to the IDE and tried to commit my changes, but the IDE popped an error� The git add command will not add ignored files by default. The git add command can be used to add ignored files with the -f (force) option. Additional information from comments: I am tracking .gitignore file. git check-ignore node_modules/ returns node_modules/ as expected. No use of submodules. Update:

Another way of achieving it would be to temporary edit the gitignore file, add the file and then revert back the gitignore. A bit hacky i feel

Force add despite the .gitignore file Code Example, Get code examples like "Force add despite the .gitignore file" instantly right from your google search results with the Grepper Chrome� It is possible to force an ignored file to be committed to the repository using the -f (or --force) option with git add: $ cat .gitignore *.log $ git add -f debug.log $ git commit -m "Force adding debug.log"

How can I ignore a file that has already been committed to a Git , Remove the files from the index (not the actual files in the working copy) $ git rm - r --cached . # Add these removals to the Staging Area $ git add . # and� Even if you add something to.gitignore, you can force git to add it to the index git add --force uploads/rubbish/stuff/KEEP_ME/ However, "KEEP_ME" seems to be a directory and git usually doesnt like empty folder, so you should can add a "placeholder"-holder file instead, if the folder is empty

Force git to update .gitignore, Force add despite the .gitignore file, Added the .gitignore, and refresh the file index so the files get ignored properly. Raw. gistfile1.sh. git rm -r --cached . git add� 1. Open git terminal 2. go to git repository of the project 3. create a .gitignore file by **touch .gitignore** command 4. **git add .gitignore** command to add ignore file 5. set ignore rules in the ignore file 6. run the command **cat .gitignore** By running the command in step 3 you will get the .gitignore file in the project directory. Thanks.

git-add Documentation, Don't actually add the file(s), just show if they exist and/or will be ignored. -v; -- verbose. Be verbose. -f; --force. Allow adding otherwise ignored files. -� You can edit the ~/.gitignore path if required. git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore. Once enabled, edit the ~/.gitignore file and add patterns which will affect the next git add command. vi ~/.gitignore. For example, you may add a global gitignore entry for .bak files. Add the following line to you global gitignore file: *.bak

Comments
  • A better question may be - why would you want to do that? If you want a file tracked, unignore it (prefix its pattern in the .gitignore file with !, e.g. !dont/ignore/this/file).
  • @OhadSchneider This is useful if you force commit build file(s) to another branch. A few projects do this such as StrongLoop for safe deployments
  • @OhadSchneider For us, it's more because most developers install git with Visual Studio 2015, which adds a global gitignore to the user folder. This excludes files like *.dll and *.exe. That is great for our new projects which only use nuget packages that are retrieved during build, but for a small number of older projects, we still use dll's that are manually referenced in the solution. For those projects, we would like to manually include them, instead of telling every developer to comment the *.dll and *.exe files in the global gitignore.
  • @Nullius Can't you just unignore them in a higher level .gitignore (say, add a .gitignore in the same folder as the dll, or one above, or something)?
  • Uhm that doesn't work, on git status the file is still not shown
  • Well, I tested it to make sure it really works and it does. Can you describe your environemnt (OS, git version ...)? This is what I've basically done: echo "/foo" >> .gitignore; echo "bar" > foo; git add foo # should throw an error; git add -p foo # works (cannot paste newlines in comment, execute the commands 1 by 1
  • Same happened to me, I had previously ran git update-index --asume-unchanged on my files. I had to undo it with --no-assume-unchanged and it worked
  • This only works for me using wildcards, using git 1.9.5 on Windows, even after trying --no--assume-unchanged. "git add - f <filename>" does nothing, but "git add -f *" works. Using TortoiseGit also works.
  • @mhenry1384 The reason that it works for wildcard only in Windows may be due to how the path separator is used. For me slash "/" works but backslash "\" doesn't. The fact that cmd/PowerShell convert "/" to "\" for us makes it easy to run into this.
  • This is correct. I was using the --force option for small data files, and then rearranged a bit of folder structure and clobbered all the force-tracked files. HOWEVER: in .gitignore use !specific-file-name.txt without the folder hierarchy, this way tracking will follow the file around the repo.
  • It depends on the scenario, e.g. sometime you want to exclude "1.txt" in all folders, and sometime "folder1/*.txt"
  • That's not a "better" solution. It's a solution to a different problem.
  • I agree, this is not what you want to do.