Remove a folder from git tracking


I need to exclude a folder (name uploads) from tracking. I tried to run

git rm -r --cached wordpress/wp-content/uploads

and after that I added the path to .gitignore


but when I ran git status they show up as deleted. If I try to commit the changes, the files will be deleted, not only removed from tracking.

What am I doing wrong?

I have also tried

git update-index --assume-unchanged <file>

but this seems to untrack only files. But I need to remove an entire folder (including subfolders) from tracking.


I came across this question while Googling for "git remove folder from tracking". The OP's question lead me to the answer. I am summarizing it here for future generations.


How do I remove a folder from my git repository without deleting it from my local machine (i.e., development environment)?


Step 1. Add the folder path to your repo's root .gitignore file.


Step 2. Remove the folder from your local git tracking, but keep it on your disk.

git rm -r --cached path_to_your_folder/

Step 3. Push your changes to your git repo.

The folder will be considered "deleted" from Git's point of view (i.e. they are in past history, but not in the latest commit, and people pulling from this repo will get the files removed from their trees), but stay on your working directory because you've used --cached.

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