Clear Git Cache

Learn what git cache is, how you can use the `git rm` command to clear it and why you need to clear it.

Clear Git Cache

If you're a git user, you might find yourself in a situation where you must clear your git cache. There are a few reasons you might need to do this, but the most common one is that you've made some changes to your code, and git isn't picking them up. Your git repository might also get cluttered with old or unnecessary files.

Whatever the reason, clearing your git cache is a pretty simple process. In this article, we'll show you how to clear git cache so that you can keep your repo clean and efficient.

What is git cache and why do you need to clear it

Git cache is a temporary storage area where git stores information about your repository. It is a snapshot of your git repository. It speeds up git operations by storing data that doesn't change very often. The problem is that sometimes git can get confused and think something in the cache hasn't changed when it has. This is why you might need to clear your git cache occasionally.

How to clear git cache

There are two ways to clear your git cache: manually or using a command. If you want to do it manually, delete the .git folder from your project directory. It will remove all of the cached data and allow you to start fresh.

Using the git rm command

The other way to clear your git cache is by using the git rm command.

Start by opening your git command line interface and navigate to your git repository directory using the cd command.

cd "desktop\Projects to be worked on\Ebooks"

If you have made changes to a file in your working directory(Untracked part of git) and the git index does not track your changes, use the git rm --cached command followed by the file name.

git rm --cached test.txt
rm 'test.txt'

This command will remove the file test.txt from the git cache, also known as the index or the staging area. Git stops tracking the file.

Note: Running this command does not remove the file from the working directory.

To add the new files in this case, test.txt from the working directory to the staging area, use git add followed by the file name:

git add test.txt
Changes to be committed:
(use "git restore --staged <file>..." to unstage)
new file:   test.txt

The new file test.txt is successfully added to the staging area.

You can also remove all the cached files from your git repository.

To do this, use the git rm command with the -r flag:

git rm -r --cached .

It removes all of the cached files from your git repository.

Finally, type in the command git add . to add all the new files to your repository.

git add .

That's all there is to it!

FAQs about clearing git cache

Q: What happens when I clear the git cache?

A: Clearing the git cache will remove all the cached data from your git repository. It can be helpful if you've changed your code and git isn't picking them up. It can also help to clean up your git repo and remove old or unnecessary files.

Q: How do I know I have to clear my git cache?

A: If you're having issues with git not picking up changes that you've made, it might be a good idea to clear your git cache. You can also use the git rm command to remove specific files from the cache.

Q: Will clearing my git cache delete my code?

A: No, clearing your git cache will not delete your code. It will only remove the cached data from your git repository. So your code will still be safe and sound.

Q: Do I need to clear git cache every time I push changes to my remote repository?

A: No, you don't need to clear git cache every time you push changes. However, if you notice that your git repository is cluttered with old or unnecessary data, running a git prune or git gc command might be a good idea.


If your git repository does not track the changes you made to your working directory, git rm --cached is the command you are looking for. It deletes the selected file from git cache. If you want to remove all cached git data, use git rm -r --cached . Be careful with this command as it will delete all cached git data. To add new files to git cache, use git add followed by the file name.

I hope this article helped you understand how to clear git cache. Comment below if you have any questions.

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