git clean [-d] [-f] [-i] [-n] [-q] [-e <pattern>] [-x | -X] [–] <path>…
Cleans the working tree by recursively removing files that are not under version control, starting from the
Normally, only files unknown to Git are removed, but if the -x option is specified, ignored files are also
removed. This can, for example, be useful to remove all build products.
If any optional <path>… arguments are given, only those paths are affected.
-e <pattern>, –exclude=<pattern>
Remove only files ignored by Git. This may be useful to rebuild everything from scratch, but keep
manually created files.
When the command enters the interactive mode, it shows the files and directories to be cleaned, and goes into
its interactive command loop.
The command loop shows the list of subcommands available, and gives a prompt “What now> “. In general, when
the prompt ends with a single >, you can pick only one of the choices given and type return, like this:
4: ask each 5: quit 6: help
You also could say c or clean above as long as the choice is unique.
The main command loop has 6 subcommands.
Start cleaning files and directories, and then quit.
filter by pattern
This shows the files and directories to be deleted and issues an “Input ignore patterns>>” prompt. You
can input space-separated patterns to exclude files and directories from deletion. E.g. “*.c *.h” will
excludes files end with “.c” and “.h” from deletion. When you are satisfied with the filtered result,
press ENTER (empty) back to the main menu.
select by numbers
This shows the files and directories to be deleted and issues an “Select items to delete>>” prompt. When
the prompt ends with double >> like this, you can make more than one selection, concatenated with
whitespace or comma. Also you can say ranges. E.g. “2-5 7,9” to choose 2,3,4,5,7,9 from the list. If the
second number in a range is omitted, all remaining items are selected. E.g. “7-” to choose 7,8,9 from the
list. You can say * to choose everything. Also when you are satisfied with the filtered result, press
ENTER (empty) back to the main menu.
This will start to clean, and you must confirm one by one in order to delete items. Please note that this
action is not as efficient as the above two actions.
This lets you quit without do cleaning.
Show brief usage of interactive git-clean.
Part of the git(1) suite
- man 1 git-clean, version Git 2.13.2