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Q&A What is a .gitkeep file?

They are not a part of git the way .gitignore files are. It's just a convention to add empty directories to git repositories. Normally git ignores empty directories altogether. Adding an empty fil...

posted 2mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Iizuki‭

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#3: Post edited by user avatar Iizuki‭ · 2024-04-03T06:34:21Z (2 months ago)
  • They are not a part of git the way `.gitignore` files are. It's just a convention to add empty directories to git repositories.
  • Normally git ignores empty directories altogether. Adding an empty file — conventionally named `.gitkeep` — will make git recognize the directory.
  • Oftentimes people don't bother removing these files even after real files are added, so they are just left haunting there. It is perfectly safe to remove them if there are other files in the directory.
  • They are not a part of git the way `.gitignore` files are. It's just a convention to add empty directories to git repositories.
  • Normally git ignores empty directories altogether. Adding an empty file — conventionally named `.gitkeep` — will make git recognize the directory.
  • Oftentimes people don't bother removing these files after real files are added, so they are just left haunting there. It is perfectly safe to remove them if there are other files in the directory.
#2: Post edited by user avatar Iizuki‭ · 2024-04-03T06:33:54Z (2 months ago)
  • They are not a part of git the way `.gitignore` files are. It's just a convention to add empty directories to git repositories.
  • Normally git ignores empty directories altogether. Adding an empty file — conventionally named `.gitkeep` — will make git recognize the directory.
  • Often people don't bother removing these files even after real files are added, so they are just left haunting there. It is perfectly safe to remove them if there are other files in the directory.
  • They are not a part of git the way `.gitignore` files are. It's just a convention to add empty directories to git repositories.
  • Normally git ignores empty directories altogether. Adding an empty file — conventionally named `.gitkeep` — will make git recognize the directory.
  • Oftentimes people don't bother removing these files even after real files are added, so they are just left haunting there. It is perfectly safe to remove them if there are other files in the directory.
#1: Initial revision by user avatar Iizuki‭ · 2024-04-03T06:33:09Z (2 months ago)
They are not a part of git the way `.gitignore` files are. It's just a convention to add empty directories to git repositories.

Normally git ignores empty directories altogether. Adding an empty file — conventionally named `.gitkeep` — will make git recognize the directory.

Often people don't bother removing these files even after real files are added, so they are just left haunting there. It is perfectly safe to remove them if there are other files in the directory.