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.GITKEEP File Extension

File TypeGit Keep File

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What is a GITKEEP file?

A GITKEEP file is an empty file that Git users create so that a Git repository preserves an otherwise empty project directory. By convention, empty directories that contain no files are not committed to Git repositories. However, a single GITKEEP file in a directory causes Git to preserve the directory in the repository.

More Information

The file extension ".gitkeep" is not a part of the official Git standard but has come about by convention with some Git users. The extension name is considered a good choice because it is the opposite of .GITIGNORE, which is an official Git file extension that tells Git which files to ignore when committing to the repository.

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Programs that open GITKEEP files

Updated 5/17/2017

About GITKEEP Files

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