How To Remove Git From Project?

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It is sometimes necessary to remove Git from the project folder. Git when initialized in a folder, creates a folder inside the project folder named .git which is initially hidden. On removing this folder, Git is removed from the project.


  • Basic Git Commands
  • Basics of Visual Studio Code


It is important to remove unused Git repositories from the project when they are no longer needed. In some situations, we may wish to remove Git from the project and want Git to stop tracking it.

When we initialize a folder or project as a Git repository, Git creates a folder .git which is hidden by default. This folder contains all the versions and information of the Git repository. It also helps Git recognize it as a Git repository.

Deleting its contents and the folder will no more tell Git that it is a Git repository. It will not affect the files in the folder. It is risky and must be done with utmost care. It should only be performed on the repository which will be surely not used in the future.

Let us first create a Git repository using Git Bash or Visual Studio or a similar command line that supports Git. We will use the git init command to initialize a folder as a Git repository. Open the desired folder path in the command line. We have a few existing files initially in the folder.


The git init command initializes it as a Git repository. If we go to the folder now and hidden files are visible we will see a .git folder as follows:


There are various ways of removing this .git folder from the project folder or the repository. Let us have look at them individually in detail.

How to Remove Git from the Project?

To remove Git from project we can remove the .git folder using the Git command.

The Git command rm -rf is used, rm removes a file from Git, and the -rf option of this command removes files recursively and forcefully. .git* removes the folder starting with .git.


As we can see, when we ask for the status of Git it returns that it is not a Git repository.

We can also delete Git from a project simply using cmd as well. Command del /F /S /Q /A .git can be used in this case to remove the .git folder.


In the example above, we initialize a folder as a Git repository. After using the del /F /S /Q /A .git command we see a list of files that are being removed from the folder. And now when we use the git status command, we see a message that it is no more a Git repository. Note that none of the files of the project are touched only Git's file only.

How to Remove Git from Project VS Code?

In VS Code as well, we are using Git commands to remove git from project. Thus, we can use the same Git command rm -rf .git or rmdir .git to remove Git from the project folder.

How to Remove Git from the Computer?

Git is an application installed manually on our computer. To remove it from the PC follow the following steps:

  1. Open the control panel from the start menu.


  1. Select the Uninstall a program


  1. Look for Git in the options, and double-click on it. It will display a dialog asking for permission. If you wish to uninstall Git, press on YES else you can exit by clicking on NO.


How to Remove a Git User from the Terminal?

Git user can be set using the following commands:

Username and email can be checked using the following commands

Now to remove user details we use the unset commands as given below:

Have a look at the example, we first set the username, and then we unset it. After the unset command when we request it displays nothing.


How to Delete a Git Repository?

Delete Git repo locally

Deleting the Git repository locally is not very tricky. We are only supposed to delete the initialized or cloned Git repository.

Every Git repository has a hidden folder called .git. To view this folder in the file explorer we are required to display the hidden files.

Steps to Delete a Local Git Repo

To delete the local Git repository or in simpler words stop Git from tracking the project we are required to follow the steps below:

  1. To remove Git from project, open the local Git repository's root folder in the file explorer.
  2. Delete the hidden .git folder by right-clicking on it and selecting the delete option.
  3. Now the Git is removed from the project folder. To verify we can go to Git bash and open the folder to run the git status command. We will get an error saying fatal: not a git repository.

Command Line Git Repository Delete

To delete the .git folder using the command line, we can use the rm -fr .git or rmdir .git commands. It will delete the folder .git along with all of its components in one go.

Verify Git Repo is Removed

Lastly, to verify that the project folder is no more a Git repository we can use the git status command. If the directory is a Git repository, it will show the status of the repository else it will show an error saying it is not a Git repository.



How to Remove the Remote Origin URL?

Git remote command lets us create, view, delete, and update the remote repository. The repository is stored remotely and is updated periodically by the project team members individually. If the repository is locally stored, it is difficult to work parallelly on different features of the same project which is why a remote repository is preferred.

The remote origin URL is a URL to the repository. Git remote command can also be used to remove the remote origin URL. We can either modify this URL or we can remove the URL.

To remove the remote origin URL:

To modify the URL:


  • Git repositories contain a special folder that helps Git to identify the folder as the repository.
  • If we accidentally remove this folder, Git will no more detect it as a repository and all the version details will be lost.
  • On the other hand we can remove this to remove Git from project. We can remove it using the command line as well as using file explorer.
  • To remove the Git application from windows, we have to use the control panel >> programs >> Uninstall a program >> Git
  • Using the command line we can also remove Git user details and Git remote origin URL with the help of git config --global --unset and git remote remove origin commands respectively.