How to Edit Global Git Ignore

Recently I was trying to add some folders to my global .gitignore file on windows. Unfortunately I ran into some issues. After some searching, I couldn’t come across a solution that worked for me. Here are the steps that worked for me.

Add to Global Git ignore Windows

  1. git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore_global (Add .gitignore_global as the global gitignore file in your global git config)
  2. notepad %USERPROFILE%\.gitignore_global (Create and edit .gitignore_global in your home directory using cmd)

Add to Global Git ignore Mac

  1. git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore_global (Add .gitignore_global as the global gitignore file in your global git config)
  2. sudo nano ~/.gitignore_global(can edit your .gitignore_global file and add any files or folder you would like to ignore. Use ctrl + y to save and exit)

Leave a comment if these steps helped in any way!


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6 thoughts to “How to Edit Global Git Ignore”

  1. There are double dashes for global option. Thanks!!!
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    git config –global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore_global
    ““

        1. Thanks for the correction. Funny thing is I had the double dashes but the text displayed as a single dashed. Had to tell the editor it is code so it will display correctly. Thanks!

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