Master: git rm
In this video we'll Master
In the init video we used
git rm to remove a file from the Git repository and the file system.
There are times where you might want to remove the file from the Git repository, but keep your local copy.
Said another way, you want to remove the file from version control, but not delete the file.
In these cased, you can use the
Let's demonstrate this with File 3 by running:
git rm --cached file-3.txt
Now when we run
git status we see the file has been marked as deleted, but also the file also appears as untracked.
While it might seem odd the file is listed twice, it reminds us the Git repository is not the same as the file system.
In this case, we are removing the file from version control. So this command is effectively the opposite of
However, since we used the
--cached option we did not delete the file locally.
So now Git sees it as a new, untracked file just as it did before using
Although you might not use the
--cached option very often, understanding the boundaries between the Git repository and the file system is important for mastering Git.