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How to Remove .idea Directory from .git

Volodymyr Hodiak
Volodymyr Hodiak
January 4, 2020 2 min read 6811 views
January 4, 2020 2 min read 6811 views
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Very often, when creating projects in PhpStorm, at the first commit, people out of habit click “OK” on all IDE questions and the .idea folder gets into the git repository. It can be removed from there very simply.

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How to Remove .idea Directory from .git

If you have accidentally added the .idea directory to .git repository, and you don’t want it to be there, then there is an easy way to remove it. You just have to use the command line and do the following:

# Create file .gitignore
touch .gitignore

# Add .idea to .gitignore
echo '.idea' >> .gitignore

# Remove directory from staging
git rm -r --cached .idea

# Add file to git
git add .gitignore

# Commit changes
git commit -m "Removed .idea from git"

# Push changes
git push
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