How to commit an empty folder in GIT – gitkeep


In the previous tutorial, I have explained how to commit changes in GIT. This tutorial will explain how to commit an empty folder or directory in GIT.

GIT can not push empty directory or folder. It can only track files.

If we try to push a folder with nothing in it, although it will exist on our local machine, but nothing will go into the branch. A common, standardized practice to solve this issue is to push a file called .gitkeep into the empty folders. This is not a feature of GIT.

Let me explain this with an example

Step 1 – Create a GIT Repository with name GitTest.

Step 2 – Right-click and click on Git Bash Here to open GitBash at that place.

Step 3 – Create an empty directory named as login.

mkdir login

Step 4 – Type git status to check if new directory is tracked by Git or not. This image shows that GIT didn’t track the new directory login.

Step 5 – Create a new empty file called .gitkeep into the login directory.

touch login/.gitkeep

Step 6 – Type git status again and now the new directory login is tracked by GIT.

I hope this tutorial has helped you to understand this concept. Have a nice learning!!!


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