.gitignore Windows

It’s a good idea to add a .gitignore file to your Git-repository, to keep Git from keeping track of certain files and/or folders. This could be Visual Studio debug/build files, etc.

The problem in Windows however, is that you can’t just create a text file and rename it to “.gitignore”, as you’ll see the error:

Gitignore Windows

A little trick, is to create a text file and rename it to:

.gitignore.

Windows now lets you create the file.

Here’s a sample .gitignore, which tells Git to ignore the most common files not needed in the repository.
Place the file in your Git-repositories root directory (/projectname/.gitignore).

## Ignore Visual Studio temporary files, build results, and
## files generated by popular Visual Studio add-ons.
 
# User-specific files
*.suo
*.user
*.sln.docstates
 
# Build results
 
[Dd]ebug/
[Rr]elease/
x64/
build/
#[Bb]in/ #(Keep "bin" folder in repo. Uncomment to remove)
[Oo]bj/
 
# Enable "build/" folder in the NuGet Packages folder since NuGet packages use it for MSBuild targets
!packages/*/build/
 
# MSTest test Results
[Tt]est[Rr]esult*/
[Bb]uild[Ll]og.*
 
*_i.c
*_p.c
*.ilk
*.meta
*.obj
*.pch
*.pdb
*.pgc
*.pgd
*.rsp
*.sbr
*.tlb
*.tli
*.tlh
*.tmp
*.tmp_proj
*.log
*.vspscc
*.vssscc
.builds
*.pidb
*.scc
 
# Visual C++ cache files
ipch/
*.aps
*.ncb
*.opensdf
*.sdf
*.cachefile
 
# Visual Studio profiler
*.psess
*.vsp
*.vspx
 
# Guidance Automation Toolkit
*.gpState
 
# ReSharper is a .NET coding add-in
_ReSharper*/
*.[Rr]e[Ss]harper
 
# TeamCity is a build add-in
_TeamCity*
 
# DotCover is a Code Coverage Tool
*.dotCover
 
# NCrunch
*.ncrunch*
.*crunch*.local.xml
 
# Installshield output folder
[Ee]xpress/
 
# DocProject is a documentation generator add-in
DocProject/buildhelp/
DocProject/Help/*.HxT
DocProject/Help/*.HxC
DocProject/Help/*.hhc
DocProject/Help/*.hhk
DocProject/Help/*.hhp
DocProject/Help/Html2
DocProject/Help/html
 
# Click-Once directory
publish/
 
# Publish Web Output
*.Publish.xml
*.pubxml
 
# NuGet Packages Directory
## TODO: If you have NuGet Package Restore enabled, uncomment the next line
#packages/
 
# Windows Azure Build Output
csx
*.build.csdef
 
# Windows Store app package directory
AppPackages/
 
# Others
sql/
*.Cache
ClientBin/
[Ss]tyle[Cc]op.*
~$*
*~
*.dbmdl
*.[Pp]ublish.xml
*.pfx
*.publishsettings
 
# RIA/Silverlight projects
Generated_Code/
 
# Backup & report files from converting an old project file to a newer
# Visual Studio version. Backup files are not needed, because we have git ;-)
_UpgradeReport_Files/
Backup*/
UpgradeLog*.XML
UpgradeLog*.htm
 
# SQL Server files
App_Data/*.mdf
App_Data/*.ldf
 
# =========================
# Windows detritus
# =========================
 
# Windows image file caches
Thumbs.db
ehthumbs.db
 
# Folder config file
Desktop.ini
 
# Recycle Bin used on file shares
$RECYCLE.BIN/
 
# Mac crap
.DS_Store