git‐clean − Remove untracked files from the working tree

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 current

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.

     Normally, when no <path> is specified, git clean will
     not recurse into untracked directories to avoid
     removing too much. Specify −d to have it recurse into
     such directories as well. If any paths are specified,
     −d is irrelevant; all untracked files matching the
     specified paths (with exceptions for nested git
     directories mentioned under −−force) will be removed.

     −f, −−force
     If the Git configuration variable clean.requireForce is
     not set to false, git clean will refuse to delete files
     or directories unless given −f or −i. Git will refuse
     to modify untracked nested git repositories
     (directories with a .git subdirectory) unless a second
     −f is given.

     −i, −−interactive
     Show what would be done and clean files interactively.
     See “Interactive mode” for details.

     −n, −−dry−run
     Don’t actually remove anything, just show what would be

     −q, −−quiet
     Be quiet, only report errors, but not the files that
     are successfully removed.

     −e <pattern>, −−exclude=<pattern>
     Use the given exclude pattern in addition to the
     standard ignore rules (see gitignore(5)).


     Don’t use the standard ignore rules (see gitignore(5)),
     but still use the ignore rules given with −e options
     from the command line. This allows removing all
     untracked files, including build products. This can be
     used (possibly in conjunction with git restore or git
     reset) to create a pristine working directory to test a
     clean build.

     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:

         *** Commands ***
             1: clean                2: filter by pattern    3: select by numbers
             4: ask each             5: quit                 6: help
         What now> 1

You also could say c or clean above as long as the choice is

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.

     ask each
     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