Gitignore won't ignore .vs folder for Visual Studio 2015 RC on Windows7/8

This one has stumped several team members on Windows, running Git. We've tried all sorts of explicit and wildcard entries in .gitignore however items in the hidden .vs/ folder as a part of Visual Studio 2015 RC keep getting committed. Since those are individual settings for developers, they are obviously always different and show up in a git diff. Are there any hacks out there to ignore everything in the top-level .vs/ folder in the repo?


If they are showing up in a git diff, then the files are already being tracked, whereas .gitignore only affects files that are untracked. You will need to remove the files from source control with git rm --cached, and then .gitignore will affect them.

Note that when you do this, other developers will have their files deleted locally when they do their next git pull. So before doing so, they may want to make a backup of those files.

Follow the steps below, the issue will be solved.

Step 1: Add following content to the file .gitignore.

## Ignore Visual Studio temporary files, build results, and
## files generated by popular Visual Studio add-ons.

# User-specific files

# User-specific files (MonoDevelop/Xamarin Studio)

# Build results

# Visual Studio 2015 cache/options directory
# Uncomment if you have tasks that create the project's static files in wwwroot

# MSTest test Results


# Build Results of an ATL Project



# Chutzpah Test files

# Visual C++ cache files

# Visual Studio profiler

# TFS 2012 Local Workspace

# Guidance Automation Toolkit

# ReSharper is a .NET coding add-in

# JustCode is a .NET coding add-in

# TeamCity is a build add-in

# DotCover is a Code Coverage Tool

# NCrunch

# MightyMoose

# Web workbench (sass)

# Installshield output folder

# DocProject is a documentation generator add-in

# Click-Once directory

# Publish Web Output
# TODO: Comment the next line if you want to checkin your web deploy settings 
# but database connection strings (with potential passwords) will be unencrypted

# NuGet Packages
# The packages folder can be ignored because of Package Restore
# except build/, which is used as an MSBuild target.
# Uncomment if necessary however generally it will be regenerated when needed
# NuGet v3's project.json files produces more ignoreable files

# Microsoft Azure Build Output

# Microsoft Azure Emulator

# Windows Store app package directories and files

# Visual Studio cache files
# files ending in .cache can be ignored
# but keep track of directories ending in .cache

# Others

# Since there are multiple workflows, uncomment next line to ignore bower_components 
# (

# RIA/Silverlight projects

# Backup & report files from converting an old project file
# to a newer Visual Studio version. Backup files are not needed,
# because we have git ;-)

# SQL Server files

# Business Intelligence projects

# Microsoft Fakes

# GhostDoc plugin setting file

# Node.js Tools for Visual Studio

# Visual Studio 6 build log

# Visual Studio 6 workspace options file

# Visual Studio LightSwitch build output

# Paket dependency manager

# FAKE - F# Make

# JetBrains Rider

In our case, the .vs directory had been added to source control when I initialized the repository. Thus, the line in .gitignore:


didn't do anything until I deleted the directory and checked in the changes (similar to what TPoschel is saying above, but with the difference that checking in the deleted directory is what fixed it, as I had already checked in the .gitignore file).

I ran into this issue prior to committing anything to my repository. I erroneously thought that just having the .gitignore file in the directory would prevent VS from recognizing the files as 'Changes'. You have to first commit the .gitignore file before git will start ignoring the files specified within it.

I usually add .vs at start, when repo is clean. but I can confirm git obeys to:


in .gitignore.

And as other says, remove locally and then commit/push.

I ran into this issue and I found an easy way of fixing the "git tracking the files already" thing.

  1. Backup all the relevant files in your git folder on your PC to a seperate location (normally something like c:/user/source/repos if you didn't specify someplacec else).

  2. Delete all the relevant files in the git folder.

  3. Open Visual Studio and push this delete to the server.

  4. Paste all the files back in.

  5. Push this to the server.

This should be an easy way of getting rid of all those temporary files and anything else you specified on your .gitignore for your online git folder that it's already tracking.

It works this way for me: open your git ignore file and add the following to the list:


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