Hide changed files from commit by accident

Hide changed files from commit by accident

Sometimes we need to hide some files already added before to a repository from accidental commit to Git. I will show you, how you can do this.

Git has a great flag named assume-unchanged. For example, you have a config file, which you changed and you don’t want to commit it.

Hide files

You can use below command to protect given file:

git update-index --assume-unchanged config_file.yml

After this command git will not show this file anymore in changed files.

Unhide file

If you want to git find changes in the file, you can reset the flag:

git update-index --no-assume-unchanged config_file.yml

List of hidden files

Sometimes you want to check, which files are hidden. You can list them using the command:

git ls-files -v | grep '^h'

Alias for a list of hidden files

For simplicity, you can add an alias for above command. To do this, you can add below alias to your .gitconfig file in the home directory:

hidden = !git ls-files -v | grep "^h"

Now, you can use git hidden command to list hidden files.