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How to Check if gitignore is Working | Show Ignored Files

.gitignore file is a great way to disallow files from being committed to git public or private repositories.

In this blog, we will explain to you how to validate the .gitingnore file by listing the files using git check-ignore command.

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Git has an inbuilt command named check-ignore to check if a file is ignored or not.

To validate the .gitignore file, first, we will look at an example .gitignore file. Also, you can take a look at the gitignore templates for reference.

#ignore a specific file
# Ignore the node_modules directory
# Ignore the build directory
# The file containing environment variables 

Now let’s look at different scenarios using the above .gitignore file as an example.

List all git ignored file in a Repository

Execute the following command to check all the ignored files in a repository.

git check-ignore -v **/*

You will get an output with the rule and the file location as shown below.

List all git ignored file in a Directory

To check all the ignored files by git in the directory, first cd into the directory.

Then execute the following command.

git check-ignore *

To show the ignore rule, add a -v

git check-ignore -v *

Check if a single File is ignored by git

Sometimes we might need to check if a single file is ignored by git.

To do this, execute the check-ignore command with the file path. It will output the file name if it is ignored by git.

For example,

git check-ignore  app/access.log

Sample output,

➜  gitignore git:(master) ✗ git check-ignore  app/access.log/

Check git status

Another option to verify ignored files is by checking the git status. If you make changes, the files in the .gitignore should not show up in the status.

fatal: no path specified Error [check-ignore]

When using the check-ignore command, if you don’t specify a regular expression or a path with the command, it will throw no path specified Error

Either execute the command with a regular expression or add the directory or file path.

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