How to remove a .DS_Store file from a Git repo on a Mac

This is a quick tip on how to remove the pesky .DS_Store file from a Git repository on a Mac.

Sure, you can just put it in the .gitignore file, but what if you'd like to remove the .DS_Store files from your folders?

Well, just use this one-liner in the command line: find . -name '.DS_Store' -type f -delete.

You can use this for other files as well. For example, you could use find . -name '*.js' -type f -delete to delete all JavaScript files within a containing folder.

Ok, but what if you accidentally added the .DS_Store file to your Git repository? In that case, add the .DS_Store to your .gitignore file, but also execute the following command:

find . -name .DS_Store -print0 | xargs -0 git rm -f --ignore-unmatch

That's all, hope this helps!

Written by Nikola Brežnjak