# Gitignore: How to Ignore Everything in A Specific Folder

Hongtao Hao / 2022-12-12

I was not able to fully master the directory specification in .gitignore but I do not have to. Sometimes, it’s enough to have a .gitignore file that says: “please ignore everything expect this .gitignore file”.

Change directory to the folder where you want to ignore, and then:

touch .gitignore


Press Shift + Command + ., then you’ll be able to see .gitignore file. Open it, and write the following to it:

# ignore everything in the current dir
*

# except this file
!.gitignore

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