Last Updated: September 09, 2019
· diasjorge

Excluding files from git locally

If you ever want to ignore a file from git, but don't want to add it to the .gitignore file, you can do it on your local copy by adding it to the file ".git/info/exclude"

I've setup an alias to do so, just add this to your .gitconfig file under the [alias] section

exclude = !sh -c 'echo "$1" >> .git/info/exclude' -

Then you can execute:

git exclude SOME_FILE

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I'd rather use
git update-index --skip-worktree SOME_FILE

Works better in most cases.

over 1 year ago ·

@sujaykrishna Why is your case better than the method in the protip?

I didn't know any of those... It's just honest curiosity =)

over 1 year ago ·

@couto The actual purpose of .git/info/exclude is local repo specific ignore. It is not for tracked files.
Chk out the Repo exclude section of it is to be used for files "that you don't expect other users to generate".
For tracker files the update-index functionality works better.
Also see for more info on how skip-worktree works and why it is different from the assume-unchanged bit.

over 1 year ago ·

@sujaykrishna Thanks for the all the info =)

over 1 year ago ·

@sujaykrishna that's why the tip is about excluding files in your local copy.

over 1 year ago ·

@diasjorge Your intention was unclear.
If your title was Excluding untracked files from git locally I'd never have made that comment. :)

over 1 year ago ·