How to fully delete a git repository created with init?

I created a git repository with git init. I’d like to delete it entirely and init a new one.


Git keeps all of its files in the .git directory. Just remove that one and init again.

If you can’t find it, it’s because it is hidden.

  • In Windows 7, you need to go to your folder, click on Organize on the top left, then click on Folder and search options, then click on the View tab and click on the Show hidden files, folders and drives radio button.

  • On a Mac OS:

    • Open a Terminal (via Spotlight: press CMD + SPACE, type terminal and press Enter) and run:

      defaults write AppleShowAllFiles 1 && killall Finder

      Note: The keyboard shortcut to show hidden files in Finder is
      CMD + SHIFT + . so it is no longer necessary to modify the
      finder config this way

    • You could also type cd (the space is important), drag and drop your git repo folder from Finder to the terminal window, press return, then type rm -fr .git, then return again.

  • On Ubuntu, use shortcut Ctrl + H.

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