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VS Code Tip of the Week: Add a gitignore via VS Code

This week's tip of the week is coming from my old coworker @citizen428. On one my streams on livecoding.ca, I show you how you can add a gitignore file to a project via npx gitignore.

Little did I know this is baked into VS Code!

Press CTRL + Shift + P (CMD + Shift + P on macOS) to open the command palette.

Type in Add gitignore in the command palette.

Add gitignore typed into VS Code's command palette

You'll be presented with a language to generate the gitignore file for.

The Add gitignore command in VS Code's command palette prompting the user to select a language to generate the gitignore for

And there you go! You have a fresh gitgnore file in your repository now!

gitignore file for node.js generated from the Add gitignore command in VS Code

Happy VS Coding!

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Alex Patterson

Nice I always google for this, constantly forget it is there!

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Francis Provost

I'm usually going to gitignore.io but that's a really great alternative!